Today is June 24 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion. 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. Engel falls behind insurgent left-wing challenger in preliminary results, as Ocasio-Cortez wins primary
Fox News reports: Longtime U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, who was first elected in 1988 and rose to become one of the most powerful Democrats in the House, was substantially trailing middle school principal Jamaal Bowman in Tuesday’s primary — which could mark the second major upset of a veteran New York City Democratic congressman in just two years.
However, the primary in New York’s 16th Congressional District was too early to call. As of 1 a.m. ET Wednesday, Bowman had roughly 61 percent of the counted vote. Engel was in second with about 36 percent of the counted vote.
Bowman had the influential support of freshman U.S. Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose 2018 upset win over Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley shocked the Democratic establishment. For her part, Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday defeated her challengers in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District.
When I won in 2018, many dismissed our victory as a “fluke.”
Our win was treated as an aberration, or bc my opponent “didn’t try.”
So from the start, tonight’s race was important to me.
Tonight we are proving that the people’s movement in NY isn’t an accident. It‘s a mandate.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 24, 2020
DML: Does it matter which radical Democrat wins? The election results come November will be all the more reason to escape from New York, which is inching its way to becoming the only state worse than California. Think about how crazy NY has become by simply imagining the sort of voter who votes for the likes of Cuomo, DeBlasio, Hillary, Chuck Schumer and AOC. Now multiply that sort of voter by many millions. Then tack on a boatload of new immigrants each year coming in from the Middle East and China, and the voter bloc is filled with radicals.
2. Protesters vow to tear down Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation memorial in Washington D.C. this week as Democratic congresswoman says she will introduce legislation to have it removed
The Daily Mail reports: Protesters pledged to tear down Lincoln’s Emancipation Memorial in Washington D.C. Tuesday night as they gathered to demand its removal.
Organizers of the protest said they would not be working with the police and would achieve change ‘by any means necessary’ as they crowded near the 150-year-old statue paid for by former enslaved people.
The group said they would not touch the statue Tuesday night but would return with more support at 7pm Thursday to bring it down. It came as Democratic Congresswoman Elenor Holmes Norton announced she would introduce legislation to see the statue removed if the National Park service could not.
Protester at Emancipation Monument claims that they will be tearing down the monument Thursday at 7 PM.
Also calls for them to show up at Senator Mitch McConnell’s home. pic.twitter.com/LJ8e2f5KRG
— Richie🎥McG🍿 (@RichieMcGinniss) June 23, 2020
DML: Gun manufactures that are publicly traded are seeing their profits and stock prices rise. I’m sure you can understand why. Meanwhile, I have just one question… “WILL TRUMP DO SOMETHING? OR IS IT JUST ANOTHER TWEET IN THE MAKING….”
3. Seattle mayor proposes cutting $20 million in police funding to aid budget shortfall
NBC King5 reports: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan proposed $20 million in cuts to the police budget in the remainder of 2020, the largest cuts to any department as the city attempts to fill a hole of about $400 million caused by the coronavirus.
In a statement, the mayor said the city is facing record unemployment and “a civil rights movement that is demanding action to rethink policing, acknowledge and dismantle institutional racism and invest in true community, health and opportunity.”
The mayor proposes slashing about 5% of the Seattle Police budget this year with an officer hiring freeze next year until a plan is developed “reflecting community priorities for public safety.”
But we will not lose sight of the future: part of our plan to re-imagine policing should will also include the long-term future of the East Precinct on Capitol Hill and how police and community resources are present in our communities.
— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) June 23, 2020
DML: Look at the photo above and then tell me this doesn’t look like the Middle East. Actually, I take that back. This kind of crap would never be accepted in Iran or Syria. The government would take matters into their own hands. Come to think of it, Seattle right now is the most toxic city in the world notwithstanding New York City and L.A. So much for Make America Great Again. I’m thinking it’s more like: Make America Normal Again.
4. Trump calls for Congress to take action against ‘lowlifes’ who burn American flag
The Hill reports: President Trump late Tuesday called for Congress to take action against “lowlifes” who burn the American flag, seeking to put fresh pressure on lawmakers to pursue potential legislation.
“It is ashame [sic] that Congress doesn’t do something about the lowlifes that burn the American Flag. It should be stopped, and now!” Trump tweeted.
It is ashame that Congress doesn’t do something about the lowlifes that burn the American Flag. It should be stopped, and now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2020
The president’s tweet came just minutes after the following happened just blocks from the White House, in “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”
The crowd in Black Lives Matter Plaza hoisted up an American flag and burned it. pic.twitter.com/I9oMMNh3vH
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) June 24, 2020
DML: Another day, another tweet. I feel so much better about things, don’t you. Someone tell Trump that Congress doesn’t get cell reception at the beach. Mr President, We’re going to need a better plan than sending tweets to people who don’t give a rats ass.
5. US virus cases surge to highest level in 2 months
The Associated Press reports: New coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surged to their highest level in two months and are now back to where they were at the peak of the outbreak.
The U.S. on Tuesday reported 34,700 new cases of the virus, according to a tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University that was published Wednesday. There have been only two previous days that the U.S. has reported more cases: April 9 and April 24, when a record 36,400 cases were logged.
New cases in the U.S. have been surging for more than a week after trending down for more than six weeks. While early hot spots like New York and New Jersey have seen cases steadily decrease, the virus has been hitting the south and west. Several states on Tuesday set single-day records, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada and Texas.
DML: This amounts to one thing, and one thing only: Shutdown II. Get ready. Meanwhile, I’m stocking up on the essentials, and so should you. My list includes toilet paper, toilet paper, toilet paper, and DML CBD. I should probably toss in some water bottles too.
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