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Look What Just Happened To White Female Cop On Job After Who Saw What She Said About Anti-American NFL

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has made a statement saying that Michigan State Police director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue will lose five days of pay as punishment for an inappropriate social media post about NFL players who kneel during our national anthem.

On September 24, Etue shared a meme on her personal Facebook page that called NFL players who kneel during the national anthem “millionaire ingrates who hate America.” She has since apologized but hasn’t publicly explained why she shared it in the first place.

Governor Snyder announced the decision Thursday where he said that after an investigation by MSP they have come to the decision that Etue will remain on the job, but will have her pay suspended for five days while reporting to work. The governor did go on to make very clear of the fact that he has “full faith” in Etue’s leadership.

So from what we can see here, Director Etue, who should be hailed as a hero, doesn’t seem to share the same rights as the millionaires in the NFL have. Apparently since she is a police officer in good standing and white, she isn’t allowed to share what she feels on her own personal Facebook page.

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The NFL’s Violent Crime Problem

The murder conviction of Aaron Hernandez, the video that revealed Ray Rice’s violence towards his fiancée, and the 10 game suspension of Greg Hardy for alleged violent off-field conduct have focused attention on violent crime among NFL football players.  Just days away from the NFL draft of college football players, issues of alleged criminal behavior circle around Jameis Winston, who is likely to be the first player selected in the draft.  Are these incidents isolated to a few players, or does the NFL have a more pervasive violent crime problem?

Arrests for violence, drugs and DUI are fairly common even for elite NFL players who have the most to lose from an arrest and possible suspension from the league without pay.  Unfortunately, young men are often arrested for violent acts and NFL players are no exception.  First round NFL draft selections are actually 37% less likely to be arrested for assault/domestic violence than men of similar age in the general population.  Nonetheless, more first round draft selections will be arrested while playing for the NFL than will ever be named first team All-Pro.[1]  The risk that a top draft selection gets in trouble with the law is a genuine concern for NFL teams.

About 1.1% of NFL first round draft selections are arrested for assault (including domestic violence) per season, based on data since the 2000 draft.  It is therefore to be expected that one of the 32 first round selections in this week’s NFL draft will be arrested for assault or domestic violence every three years.  The arrest rate for DUI and drug offenses is approximately twice as high as the rate for assaults, so two DUI or drug possession arrests are expected every three years for the new crop of first round selections.

The NFL spends millions of dollars evaluating college football prospects in its “combine”, “pro days”, private workouts, and interviews.  In recent years first round draft selections typically sign four year contracts with an average value of about $9 million with guaranteed salaries of about $4.5 million.  The NFL is in a unique situation because few other companies pay multi-million dollar annual salaries to men as prone to violent behavior as NFL players.

The rate at which top draft selections are arrested and the risk that an arrested player will be suspended suggests that an NFL draft prospect’s character should now be scrutinized as carefully as his physical talent.  The strict new NFL conduct policy can result in significant suspensions of a half-season or more for an arrest or other off-field conduct, even in the absence of a conviction.  More severe penalties and suspensions for conduct should cause teams to put even more emphasis on evaluating a player’s propensity for getting into trouble before drafting the player and signing him to a multi-million dollar contract.  However, criminologists have shown that it can be difficult to predict which men will commit crimes, how serious the crimes will be and when the criminal behavior will occur.  So while NFL teams have more incentive than most employers to screen their “job applicants” for possible future criminal behavior, it may prove difficult for teams to screen out risky draft prospects.

We calculate arrests rates using an arrest database compiled by journalists at the USA Today and San Diego Union Tribune.  Our arrest rate for assault/domestic violence is more than twice as high as the rate we obtain using the methodology from an ESPN/FiveThirtyEight report last summer.

The ESPN/FiveThirtyEight methodology uses the same arrest database, but attempts to calculate an arrest rate for all men who attend NFL preseason training camps (about 80 men per team per year).  However, many of these men do not appear on an NFL roster and are not employed by the league.  The rates computed by ESPN/FiveThirtyEight contain a negative bias because the arrest of a “wannabe” NFL player may not be reported in the news, and the alleged perpetrator may not be identified as an NFL player even if the arrest is reported.

Our results are insensitive to which draft cohorts are included in our analysis because, unfortunately, the arrest rate for top NFL players for assault/domestic violence has been fairly stable since journalists began tracking arrests in 2000.  413 players were selected in the first round of the NFL draft between 2000 and 2012.  These top selections played just under 2900 seasons between 2000 and 2014 and 25 of the players were arrested a total of 31 times for assault/domestic violence while in the NFL.  It is worth noting that some of the most publicized criminal cases involving NFL players are not included in these totals because: (i) the players were not first round selections (e.g. Jovan Belcher and Aaron Hernandez), (ii) the arrest occurred prior to the beginning of the arrest database (e.g. Rae Carruth), or (iii) the players were arrested after their NFL careers ended (e.g. Lawrence Phillips and Darren Sharper).[2]

NFL teams are unlikely to find comfort in the fact that first round selections are arrested for either assault/domestic violence or DUI/drug possession at about 63% of the rate for men of the same age in the general population.[3]  When 18% of the NFL’s most highly paid and highly visible players are arrested, the league faces a substantial public relations problem even though many arrests result in an acquittal or a dismissal of charges.[4]  The NFL’s tough new player conduct policy should help because players who are arrested for a violent act will typically be ineligible to compete for an extended period.  Personal evaluations and prior criminal convictions of draft participants may soon be as important to NFL general managers as 40 yard dash times.

I am grateful to Brent Joplin, at an Associate Economist at Welch Consulting, for his help with this post. 

[1] “First team All-Pro” means that a player has been selected to the Associated Press First All Pro Team indicating the player is the best in the NFL at his position for the season.  Of the 287 players selected in the first round between 2004 and 2012, 44 were arrested and 36 were ever a first team All-Pro selection.

[2] Aaron Hernandez, a fourth round draft selection in 2010, was arrested for murder in 2013 and convicted of murder earlier this year.  Jovan Belcher, an undrafted free agent in 2009, murdered his girlfriend and committed suicide in 2012.  Rae Carruth, a first round draft selection in 1997, was convicted of conspiracy to commit the murder of the woman who was carrying his unborn child (the murder occurred in 1999).  Lawrence Phillips, a first round draft selection in 1996, was convicted of felony assault with a deadly weapon and seven other counts of assault in 2005 after his NFL career ended.  Darren Sharper, a second round selection in 1997, pled guilty to nine counts of rape and sexual assault in 2015 after his NFL career ended.

[3] For all other crimes we find that the arrest rate for first round NFL players is about one seventh of the arrest for men of the same age in the general population.

[4] 18% of first round draft selections between 2000 and 2012 were arrested while still active in the NFL.

Wow, judging by those numbers, no wonder NFL ball tossers don’t like our police officers!

Although Etue makes $165,000 a year, she’ll be losing just under 2 percent of her pay. But she still must work those five days. Isn’t it great how freedom of speech seems to work these days? If you are an overpaid illiterate ball-tossing thug you are allowed to share your thoughts on a worldwide platform. But if you are a police officer you aren’t allowed to express yourself on your own personal Facebook page. What is wrong with this picture? And where are all the liberal women coming to her defense?

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Al ran for the California State Assembly in his home district in 2010 and garnered more votes than any other Republican since 1984. He's worked on multiple political campaigns and was communications director for the Ron Nehring for California Lt. Governor campaign during the primaries in 2014. He has also held multiple positions within his local Republican Central Committee including Secretary, and Vice President of his local California Republican Assembly chapter. While also being an ongoing delegate to the California Republican Party for almost a decade.

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BREAKING: Democratic Party About To Implode After Obama Admin Just Threw Clintons Under The Bus In Major Way

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The Democrat party loves to portray themselves to the American public as a united front fighting for the disadvantage and the so-called oppressed in the country. Though with just a little digging that comradery facade falls apart like a cheap suit from Walmart. Ever since President Donald Trump trounced Hillary Clinton last year, the Democratic party has been in shambles with no clear leadership which has led to infighting in the already fractured party. With President Trump draining the swamp and closing in on the scoundrels in Washington D.C. that have been actively destroying our country top Democratic officials are turning on each other to save their skin.

And, that is precisely what just happened when advisors from Barack Obama’s administration stepped forward to torpedo the Clinton clan which could finish the already floundering Democratic party for good. 

Over the past several weeks, there have been multiple sexual allegations made against politicians as well as top Hollywood executives that has rocked the establishment. Senator Al Franken, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Charlie Sheen all have been fingered as sexual deviants with many people calling for their arrest to answer for their crimes. However, while their nasty deeds are disgusting, they aren’t the first liberal scum to use their power and status to prey on innocent victims.

As we all are aware, Bill Clinton was known for his malfeasance while in office as governor and president of the United States. For years, Democrats have turned a blind eye to Bill Clinton’s sexual assaults and rape allegations so that they could use his popularity to push their sick liberal agenda forward in the country. Barack Obama used Bill Clinton to help his campaign in 2012 and also Bill campaigned for two-timed failed presidential candidate and wife, Hillary Clinton.

Well, now that cozy arrangement appears to be falling apart as former top advisors to both Barack Obama and even Bill Clinton are coming forward to support Monica Lewinsky.

Here is more from People Politics:

Following multiple sexual misconduct allegations made against high-profile politicians like Roy Moore and Al Franken, former top advisers to President Obama and the Clintons have voiced their support for Monica Lewinsky.

During an interview with MSNBC, Jennifer Palmieri — the communications director for Hillary Clinton who also worked for Bill Clinton‘s administration — said that she was sorry for everything Lewinsky had gone through.

“Monica Lewinsky was my intern and the relationship the president had with her was very inappropriate,” she said. “It was a consensual relationship, but he was the President of the United States and she was a 24-year-old intern — that is taking advantage of a power dynamic on a historic scale.”

She also revealed that in April she ran into Lewinsky for the first time in 20 years and “I told her that I was really sorry for everything that she had been through.”

“Her whole life was defined by this one mistake and her life was — I don’t want to say it was ruined because I hope it’s not,” she added.

Palmieri was also asked to respond to a comment that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) made during an interview with The New York Times, in which she said she thought Bill should have stepped down from the presidency during the scandal. Gillibrand had previously endorsed Hillary during the 2016 election and entered the Senate in 2009 after she was elected into Hillary’s former seat after she became Secretary of State under Obama.

“The Clintons have done a[n] enormous amount of good in this country and despite that, they’ve got friends who are not always going to be there for them, and it’s something I’ve seen happen to them quite a bit, but they’ll survive,” Palmieri said of Gillibrand’s comments.

Not only did Palmieri show public support for Monica Lewinsky but so did Reverand Al Sharpton and former Obama staffer Alyssa Mastromonaco. Then, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, also came forward this past Thursday stating that Bill Clinton should have resigned from office after his affair with Lewinsky was discovered.

This public support for Monica Lewinsky is a long time coming especially from those in the Democratic party that has made a living throttling males for so-called man-splaining and “rape culture” in America. The Clintons all but destroyed Monica for coming forward about her sexual encounters with Bill Clinton while he was president. Instead of the Hillary Clinton blaming her husband for using his power to seduce the young intern, Hillary unleashed a series of personal attacks against Lewinsky that ultimately destroyed any chance of her having a career.

So, after decades of Democrats taking Bill Clinton’s side, it is a shocking to see these former advisors now saying the opposite of the past narrative.

This change in the narrative proves that the Democratic party is imploding on itself and it is only a matter of time before it is further destroyed. Without any apparent leadership, the Democrats are in disarray and are now turning on themselves to save their own skin from more embarrassment by their own hypocrisy.

What will happen next is anyone’s guess but hearing of top advisors throwing Bill Clinton under the bus for his sexual deviancy does serve as a good indication that the liberal party may be beyond repair. 

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Corrupt Dem Congresswoman Just Busted Stealing Money From Children – What She Did With Money Will Make You SICK!

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And once again we have a Democrat congressperson excelling at what they do best, lying, cheating and stealing!

She partied with the Obama, Pelosi and Reid, traveled on Air Force one next to President Obama, and cast her superdelegate vote for Crooked Hillary Clinton although they delegates should have gone for Socialist Bernie Sanders. But today Corrine Brown is in federal court for stealing scholarship money from school children. Yes, you read that correctly, “the woman of the people,” stole money. FROM CHILDREN!

The disgraced congresswoman must now defend herself against allegations that she funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars from a non-profit charity, One Door for Education, into her own filthy pocket. If convicted on all 24 counts, she faces 357 years in prison and $4.8 million in fines. Only a Democrat being a Democrat!

From the very beginning, Brown has been shrouded in deep controversy. Right after winning her election in 1992, the Federal Election Commission accused Brown of violating numerous campaign finance laws. And that was even before the campaign finance laws became strick under the McCain/Feingold law that forced the creation of so-called “Super Pacs.” Most notably, she accepted donations from foreign citizens and even failed to report the use of a corporate plane which she managed to get her greasy paws on. And investigators are saying that’s just the tip of the ethical iceberg.

First Coast News:

Corrine Brown pleads for mercy, prosecutors ask for prison time

Former Jacksonville area Congresswoman Corrine Brown took the stand Thursday afternoon, pleading for mercy from federal judge Timothy Corrigan.

“I am sorry you have to be here today to see me in this situation,” Brown said in her statement to the court. “I never imagined I would one day be in court asking people to speak on my behalf – never. In hindsight, I wished I had been more diligent in overseeing my personal and professional life The idea that some people could believe these charges hurt me because it runs contrary to everything I’ve ever believed and done in my life. I hope and pray these proceedings to don’t make them [ordinary people] lose faith in the system. I humbly ask for mercy and compassion.”

Brown was convicted on 18 counts of fraud and corruption in May.

The lead prosecutor in the sentencing hearing argued Thursday that the former congresswoman should be sentenced to about 7.5 to 9 years in federal prison. Her defense attorney is seeking probation and community service.

Prsecutor Tysen Duva told the court based on her actions during the investigation and in the trial, she should receive the most prison time out of the three co-conspirators.

Brown wore a magenta suit to the courthouse Thursday and briefly appeared in the overflow courtroom prior to the sentencing hearing.

Brown’s defense attorney James Smith objected to various aspects of the sentencing recommendations, including how much money Brown should be culpable for.
Prosecutor Duva asked the court, “What accountability does the law require?” during his presentation.

Duva said Brown was accustomed to receiving money she should not have received.
She also lied about donations to colleges, churches and other entities.

He also argued that Brown has made ludicrous comments during the investigation, including a comment where she essentially said that had investigators not been looking into her case, the Pulse shooting in Orlando would never have happened. She also referred to the charges as “bogus” and “racist,” implying that she was targeted for her race in the case.

Duva objected to that notion by saying, “She was targeted because she committed fraud, not because she was black or white.”

She attacked numerous agencies during the investigation, which Duva states shows her character as a person.

“Why do you support someone who says this nonsense?” Duva questioned the court Thursday, referring to the upcoming character witnesses set to speak.

We’re in our first break for #Corrine Brown’s sentencing hearing. U.S. attorney A. Tysen Duva just completed the government’s presentation. He passionately described her as a trailblazer politician who morphed into a liar and a fraud. @FCN2go pic.twitter.com/a1Irg2QEmr— Julia Jenaé (@JuliaJenaeFCN) November 16, 2017
Duva claims Brown “failed miserably” at being transparent during her time in office as a congresswoman.

“This is systemic and this is who she became,” said Duva, arguing the character witnesses cannot overshadow the conduct she performed in the criminal case.

“It’s not something that should be present in American democracy,” he said.

Duva said the judge has to make a difficult decision in this case.

Corrine Brown and her attorney James Smith speak outside the federal courthouse Monday. PHOTO: First Coast News

Brown has previously asked for delays in her sentencing due to storm damage to her home and mental and physical welfare checks, but all those motions were denied.

On Wednesday, prosecutors recommended reduced prison time sentences for Brown’s co-conspirators, former of chief of staff Ronnie Simmons and fake charity founder Carla Wiley. Judge Time Corrigan accepted this recommendation for a reduced prison time range of 21-27 months for Wiley and 33-41 months of Simmons. More on that hearing can be read here.

Brown, Simmons and Wiley will not receive their final sentencing until Dec. 4, according to recent court documents.

Corrine Brown Character Witness Testimony: Nov. 16, 2017

Corrine Brown had several witnesses come forward Thursday in support of her through witness testimony during the sentencing hearing.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee provided a glowing character witness of Corrine Brown during her sentencing hearing Thursday.

Jackson Lee described via telephone testimony it as her “privilege” to characterize Corrine Brown as a “loving person.”

She said Brown has had a “pointed and direct effort [in] helping others, not herself.”

The veterans’ community loved Congresswoman Brown, Jackson Lee said, stating that Brown has helped those with PTSD and other issues following fighting overseas. She also stated Brown helped tremendously with relief efforts during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

“That shows a character of giving to others unselfishly,” Jackson Lee said.

A bishop from the Orlando area stated that Brown would help their community when other politicians couldn’t make things happen. He said she was “driven by wanting to support … and bless others.”

One woman who went to school with Brown’s daughter got emotional during her testimony in support of Brown. She said Brown taught her valuable lessons that helped her thrive in her military career and how to treat her soldiers.

“She’s been my champion .. my mentor,” the woman said.

Dr. Oliver Hunter of Houston recommended that Brown receive community service instead of incarceration time.

Another witness came forward and said Brown should be out helping others instead of in jail because “the people trust her.”

Melissa Alexander came forward to speak on behalf of Brown, describing her as a “blunt and passionate” woman. She cited that she’s been supportive of other people even up to the sentencing hearing.

Marissa Alexander, character witness for #CorrineBrown responded to the prosecutor’s criticism of Brown’s vocal personality. “She’s a largely blunt & passionate, persistent & formidable person. There’s a difference between transactional leadership & transformative leadership.

One man came forward and said Brown has helped other garner jobs through projects she’s worked on in Jacksonville and other areas. He beseeched the judge to “embrace her through your mercy” and not give her any prison time.

Roselyn, a life-long friend from Brooklyn, New York, came forward to provide her insight into who Brown is as a person. She said Brown is a passionate and hard-working woman who has long been a beacon of support for those in need of help.

After lunch, political consultant David Muller shared testimony on Brown, implying that she’s a genuine, caring person.

“It’s never about her,” he said. “She is the most tenacious fighter for people.”

He also discussed a time where Brown called him up and asked for help getting a train, so that she could get supplies to Haiti following an earthquake. She had 18 tractor trailers full of supplies and moved them via a cruise ship to Haiti, Muller said.

“It’s never about her. It’s about helping other people,” he said. “She is a wonderful, compassionate person.”

Many in the court clapped following Muller’s testimony about Brown.

Corrine Brown issues a statement during sentencing hearing

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown issued a statement during the sentencing hearing Thursday, apologizing to the court, her family, friends and supporters.

“First and foremost, I want to thank my family friends and supporters for their continued prayers and support.”

“I have always strived to protect my name and my reputation”

She said the charges against her are not who she is.

“It runs contrary to everything I am and everything I’ve ever done in my life.” Brown said in her statement. “Public service is an honor and a privilege.”

“I ask that you take into consideration all that I’ve done in my life, and I humbly ask for mercy and compassion. Thank you very much.”

Additional arguments by defense attorney

The defense attorney belabored the point that they are against the notion that Brown abused a position of trust, which is established by the evidence presented in the trial.

Smith explained the definition of obstruction of justice, which Brown is accused of doing while taking the stand by the prosecutor, stating that it is the “intention or deliberate effort while on the stand to make material falsehoods.”

The judge wasn’t so sure and asked the defense attorney to elaborate.

Smith appeared to get emotional after posing two questions: “What type of sentence does justice require in this case?” and “How do you sentence someone who is a legend?”

He attributes some of her actions to the progress our country has made in terms of relations for black people.

Smith said he met with an Orlando attorney who was from Jacksonville and said the attorney described Brown as “our Martin Luther King” for black Jacksonville natives.

“None of those people had to push the boulder up the mountain like she did,” said Smith, referring to others in Congress. “She truly is a legend.”

Smith said “extensive rigorous community service” would be much more appropriate for Brown than going off to federal prison for five years. Restitution is also not conducive to prison time, Smith argued.

The judge will also be accepting additional letters in support of Brown.

Court recessed at about 2:40 p.m. Thursday. The final sentencing will take place on Monday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m.

Following the recess, Smith briefly spoke with media regarding the atmosphere in the courtroom, confirming that it was at some points emotional for him because he’s gotten a chance to know Brown over the year-plus they’ve been working together. He stated some of the emotions just show that he’s only human.

The Initial Trial

There are a lot of moving parts in the case against Corrine Brown and her co-conspirators.

Carla Wiley first became involved in the fraud scheme when she started dating Ronnie Simmons.

Carla Wiley, President of the now-defunct fake charity One Door for Education. She pleaded guilty last March to wire fraud, and agreed to testify against Brown.

She was president of a charity called One Door for Education, which was never actually registered as a 501(c)(3).

The fake charity received more than $800,000 in four years, with about only $1,200 of it actually going to scholarships for students. That money is now gone.

Simmons was dating Wiley when he told her he needed a nonprofit to financially back a reception for congresswoman Brown in 2012. Wiley offered One Door for Education as an option for that reception.

The charity claimed to give scholarships to poor and underprivileged children seeking the become teachers.

Ronnie Simmons is being indicted along with former Congresswoman Corrine Brown. They are accused of using a fake charity to raise funds for their personal expenses. Photo: Florida Times-Union

During the initial trial earlier this year, Brown’s defense attorney, James Smith, described her as a hardworking congresswoman who was dedicated to her constituents.

Lead prosecutor A. Tysen Duva argued during the trial that Ronnie Simmons worked under Brown and did her bidding by taking out $800 a day from the One Door for Education bank account and depositing it into Brown’s personal bank account. He did this numerous times, according to Duva and evidence released earlier this month.

The fake charity was essentially used as a slush fund for Corrine Brown’s travels, expenses and shopping, according to the prosecutors.

She used the money put in her bank account to go to Nassau, Bahamas with her daughter, fly to Beverly Hills and shop along Rodeo Drive, and attend a Beyoncé concert, according to court documents and previous reports by First Coast News.

The prosecutors also argued that Brown committed wire fraud, mail fraud and stole money from the government after she lied on tax documents.

Brown had friends in high places, such as former CSX CEO Mike Ward. She would ask them for donation to Open Door for Education and many of them gladly donated, according to previous reports and prosecutor testimony.

Ward, for instance, contributed $35,000 to One Door for Education after learning that the money would go toward providing students with iPads for learning.

Prosecutors also argued that Brown lied about and inflated what she gave in tithes to various churches. The churches came forward in the trial and said the donations claimed to be given by Brown did not match their records, to which Brown said she sometimes gave anonymous donations.

Other legitimate scholarship organizations came forward and said they had never received funds from Brown’s charity.

Meanwhile, Brown’s tax returns claimed she contributed as much as $30,000 – 20 percent to a third of her income, to various charities.

Prosecutors also claimed that without the cash deposits that Ronnie Simmons made to her bank account, she would have overdrawn her account numerous times during 2012 to 2015.

When Brown took the stand, she denied any wrongdoing on her part and said she trusted the wrong people and said they were behind the unlawful acts.

She cried multiple times on the stand and said she was not to blame for what had happened, according to previous reports.

Overall, the prosecution argued that $330,000 of the money garnered through One Door for Education was used for events receptions surrounding the congresswoman. Meanwhile, $70,000 of that money went to cash in the congresswoman’s pocket. Carla Wiley pocked more than $100,000, while Simmons is accused of pocketing thousands of thousands of dollars for himself.

The worst part about this whole mess is the fact that everyone knew this woman was crooked but still had no issue palling around with her. She has had issues since the moment she won her election and the Democrat Party has stood by her without question. Yet they are the party who claims to be for the people. Yeah, unless those people are underprivileged children who want to get an education that is.

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BREAKING: Trump Just Reversed Major Ban But Liberals Are Even More Enraged About It Now – Here’s Why

Liberals are melting down everywhere!

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Liberals will always find a reason to have a problem with President Trump. It’s why they are always protesting over something no matter how ridiculous it is. Whether it’s a travel ban or not you can count on them taking the streets. Another issue has come to the forefront that has them protesting yet again.

President Trump reversed his decision to repeal the elephant trophy ban after an immense amount of public backlash. This past Friday he tweeted out a message on social media that he will be upholding a ban for importing trophies of elephants that are hunted and killed in Zimbabwe. This will be pending further review.

His tweet read,

“Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!”

Secretary Zinke also echoed the decision and intimated that he and the president had discussed the issue and were concerned about conservation and the critical need for healthy herds. The statement came hours after a statement by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Sanders had defended the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services decision to end the 2014 ban that had been previously initiated under President Obama. On Thursday the service noted that through December of 2017 they would issue permits to import sport-hunted trophies from Zimbabwe elephants.

The Daily Mail reported.

“The move was met with a barrage of criticism from animal rights groups and activists. It also came on the same day that the US State Department presented to Congress its first annual report on wildlife trafficking which, it said, ‘remains a serious transnational crime.’ French screen legend and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot added her voice to the growing chorus of criticism, slamming Trump as ‘unfit for office’ after his administration’s ‘shameful actions.’ ‘No despot in the world can take responsibility for killing off an age-old species that is part of the world heritage of humanity,’ Bardot said in a letter to Trump, released through Fondation Brigitte Bardot.

The move is ‘a cruel decision backed by Zimbabwe’s crazy dictator and it confirms the sick and deadly power you assert over the entire plant and animal kingdom,’ the 83-year-old actress added. ‘Your shameful actions confirm the rumors that you are unfit for office.’

According to the Great Elephant Census project, African Savanna elephant populations fell by 30 percent between 2007 and 2014, while Zimbabwe saw a drop of six percent.
Despite an overall fall in poaching, Africa’s elephant population has declined in part because of continued illegal killing, said a report this year by CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. African ivory, in particular, is highly sought in China where it is a status symbol.

A provision in the Endangered Species Act says the import of such trophies can be legal if accompanied by proof that the hunting benefits broader conservation of the species. Trump’s sons are known to have a passion for hunting. In one widely shared photograph, Donald Trump Jr poses with a knife in one hand and an elephant tail in the other, the animal’s corpse beside him. The US decision follows tumultuous days in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe refuses to resign after the military seized control of the country.”

SCI President Paul Babaz said in a statement,

“These positive findings for Zimbabwe and Zambia demonstrate that the Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes that hunting is beneficial to wildlife and that these range countries know how to manage their elephant population.”

Wayne Pacelle, the organization’s president and CEO said,

“Let’s be clear: elephants are on the list of threatened species; the global community has rallied to stem the ivory trade; and now, the U.S. government is giving American trophy hunters the green light to kill them.”

SCI Director of Communications Steve Comus told NPR in an email,

“In some occasions, the skull might be (could even be skull with tusks). And, there are other parts imported sometimes, as well. What happens is that all of the meat, etc. is consumed by local people there in Africa (typically a village close to where the elephant is harvested). So, most of the elephant not only remains in Africa, but in the stomachs of local Africans.”

While animal welfare issues have not been a huge priority for the administration the issues related to it occasionally come to the forefront of the media. The President and his family have received criticism and backlash for trophy hunting in Africa and have almost never spoken out in defense of themselves for it. While others have considered it a non-issue that should not be worried about.

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