Today is April 29. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1 – Biden blasted for policing free speech with ‘dystopian’ disinformation bureau
The New York Post reports: President Biden came under fire Thursday for the creation of a “dystopian” disinformation bureau created under his Homeland Security department, which critics are blasting as just a way for the government to police free speech online.
Conservatives slammed the Department of Homeland Security’s Orwellian new “Disinformation Governance Board” – with some suggesting the timing is convenient given Elon Musk vowed to make Twitter a free speech haven after his $44 billion takeover of the social media platform notorious for selectively censoring right-leaning points of view.
The newly formed panel will target supposed misinformation aimed at key points of vulnerability for Biden and Democrats such as southern border migrants, as well as monitor and prepare for Russian disinformation threats as this year’s midterm elections near, the DHS said.
“The spread of disinformation can affect border security, Americans’ safety during disasters, and public trust in our democratic institutions,” the department said in a statement.
DHS said that the board will “protect privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties” as part of its duties.
The board will be led by Nina Jankowicz – a disinformation expert who has been criticized for repeatedly casting doubt on The Post’s reporting about Hunter Biden’s laptop.
This is the new Biden administration head of Ministry of Truth, Nina Jankowicz. She is in charge of what’s truth and fiction in America. Every time you think the Biden administration can’t get more ridiculous, they do: pic.twitter.com/SKCaLafDzv
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 29, 2022
Attention Comrades! Meet your new Disinformation Czar. Nina Jankowicz will protect you from free expression and the fanatics who support it. pic.twitter.com/dIcBJOvijw
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) April 28, 2022
The DHS board will be headed by Nina Jankowicz, who once claimed militarized Trump supporters would show up to the polls with weapons to intimidate voters pic.twitter.com/GNfLdh4QHr
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) April 27, 2022
Here’s Nina in 2020 pic.twitter.com/u0oy72QuO5
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) April 27, 2022
The Administration that activated the FBI against parents at school board meetings now has created a government Disinformation Board to monitor all Americans’ speech. It’s a disgrace. Joe Biden & Secretary Mayorkas: dissolve this monstrosity immediately pic.twitter.com/hSnMpREizI
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) April 28, 2022
DML: Democrats will clearly stop at NOTHING to squelch free speech… and it’s getting more insane by the minute!
2 – Georgia Democrat pivots from border discussion to attacking MAGA folks for “domestic terrorism”
While Republican lawmakers pounded DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas over the border, Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia came to the rescue, leading him into a conversation about the “threat” of “domestic terrorism” from Trump supporters.
Rep. Hank Johnson to Sec. Mayorkas: “I find it ironic that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle want to concentrate on the southern border while completely mischaracterizing and ignoring what’s happening in the interior of our country by right-wing extremists propelled by the false rhetoric of the ex-president Donald Trump.”
Rep. Hank Johnson to Sec. Mayorkas: “I find it ironic that my colleagues on the side of want to concentrate on the southern border while completely mischaracterizing and ignoring what’s happening in the interior of our country by right-wing extremists propelled” by Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/YWCIXYVx9J
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) April 28, 2022
Then Johnson and Mayorkas launched into an exchange on the “threats” of “domestic terrorism” that almost appears to have been rehearsed in advance. WATCH THIS:
Ministry Of Truth
“We have so many different efforts underway to equip local communities to identify individuals who very well could be descending into violence by reason of ideologies of hate, false narratives or other disinformation & misinformation propagated on social media” pic.twitter.com/mxSOHoI3u5
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) April 28, 2022
DML: Just can’t make this stuff up, folks! Unbelievable!
3 – Bill Barr: ‘It Would Be a Big Mistake’ to Make Trump 2024 GOP Nominee
Breitbart reports: Former Attorney General Bill Barr said Thursday on Newsmax TV’s “Spicer & Co.” that former President Donald Trump should not be the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nominee.
Barr said, “Maybe your audience doesn’t want to hear this, but Trump ran weaker than the Republican ticket in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania — 75,000 Republicans went to the polls and voted straight Republican ticket in Arizona and didn’t vote for him, 60,000 in Wisconsin, 60,000 and Pennsylvania. That’s why he lost the election.”
Host Sean Spicer said, “You say that you voted for Trump and obviously ’16 and ’20. would you vote for him again in ’24?”
Barr said, “I’ve said I don’t think he should be our nominee, the Republican Party nominee. I think Republicans have a big opportunity. I think it would be a big mistake to put him forward. But if he was the nominee, then I would vote for him over the Democrat.”
Bill Barr on Trump: “I don’t think he should be our nominee…but if he was the nominee then I would vote for him over the Democrat.” @seanspicer
— Newsmax (@newsmax) April 28, 2022
DML: Speaking of disinformation… The “audience” not only doesn’t want to hear this, Bill Barr… but the audience does not believe what you are spewing! It’s almost as if Barr hasn’t watched a SINGLE hearing on all the evidence that has been provided.
4 – Kansas lawmakers uphold governor’s veto of trans sports ban
The Hill reports: Lawmakers in Kansas on Thursday sustained Gov. Laura Kelly’s (D) veto of two bills accused of being discriminatory against LGBTQ+ people in the state.
One of them, a transgender athlete ban, would have barred transgender women and girls from competing on school sports teams consistent with their gender identity. The other would have established a Parental Bill of Rights allowing parents to challenge classroom materials inconsistent with their personal beliefs.
The state House of Representatives on Thursday voted to sustain Kelly’s veto of Senate Bill 160 – officially titled the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” – that would have required public schools from the elementary to the university level to designate sports teams by “biological sex,” or a student’s sex assigned at birth.
“Compassion wins today,” Kansas state Rep. Brandon Woodard (D), who in 2019 became one of the state’s first openly gay legislators, tweeted Thursday following the House vote. While the state Senate had earlier this week voted to override the governor’s veto, the House failed to get the two-thirds majority necessary to do so.
Compassion wins today. #ksleg
— Brandon Woodard (@Woodard4Kansas) April 28, 2022
DML: No, “compassion” did NOT win. What about “compassion” for all the GIRLS competing in sports? What about “compassion” for parents who want their kids to learn reading, science and math, and not all the woke garbage!
5 – Tillis, Cornyn Start Talks with Democrats to Promote Amnesty for Hundreds of Thousands of Illegals
Breitbart reports: What is being billed as “bipartisan” talks about immigration reform is really the resurrection of the Gang of Eight through a Gang of Four, including Republican Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and John Cornyn (R-TX), who are in favor of amnesty for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens.
The Gang of Eight crafted the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, which expired after the House did not take up the bill.
Now, Tillis and Cornyn are joining forces with Democrats Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), the latter of whom was in the original Gang.
Formal talks start Thursday, the Hill reported:
Instead of trying to craft an agreement from scratch, the group is going to use smaller, already introduced, bipartisan immigration-related bills to try to put together a package that could get the 60 votes needed to advance through the Senate.
John Cornyn & Thom Tillis are trying to destroy everything the #MAGA movement built with amnesty.
Call their offices and tell them absolutely NOT to amnesty for tens of millions of illegal aliens:
— Collin Pruett (@pruett_collin) April 28, 2022
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