A federal building that is home to the Export-Import Bank of the United States and some offices of the Department of Veterans Affairs was one of the many Washington, D.C., structures vandalized amid the uprisings following the death at the hands of Minneapolis police of suspect George Floyd.
But when three women were scrubbing the graffiti "Blacks Lives Matter" slogan off the building last week, a woman drove up, started filming them and asked, "Why are you guys removing the 'Black Lives Matter' graffiti?"
"This is a federal building," one of the women said, "and we care about our country and city."
"So you don't care about black lives then," said the woman filming.
"That's not at all what we're saying we certainly do care about black lives," one of the scrubbers said, no doubt incredulous someone could conflate destruction of property with feelings about race. "We don't disagree with the message, it's just on the building, so we're trying to clean it."
"Not a great way to use your white privilege ladies," the driver responded. "That's disgusting."
Loved by non-Georgians
Jon Ossoff, who took 95% of his campaign contributions from out of state in attempting to win a U.S. House seat in Georgia that the media said he couldn't lose in 2017, is doing a little better this time in his race to be the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate from the Peach State. This time, he's only taking 64% of his campaign donations from out of state.
California, according to campaign records, has poured $415,717 into his coffers, while New York has contributed $271,393. Indeed, he announced the start of his campaign in New York City with an in-studio interview at MSNBC.
Ossoff not only didn't win the suburban Atlanta House seat, but he lost it by four points. He couldn't even vote for himself because he didn't live in the district.
He's the polling leader for Tuesday's primary with former two-term Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and businesswoman Sara Riggs Amico but has considerably less monetary backing from Georgians than does Tomlinson. In fact, he'd only raised $4.1 million for the primary, a considerable drop from the $32 million his campaign raised in the most expensive House race in U.S. history in 2017.
If he wins, Ossoff will face incumbent Sen. David Perdue in November.
Left foiled again
When the Tampa Bay Times reported White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had voted by mail 11 times in the last decade, leftists thought they had found hypocrisy in an administration that is dead set against all-mail balloting because of the high chance of fraud. They were wrong.
Yep, she said, she'd done just that, and she said the White House and President Donald Trump were fine with individuals requesting to vote by mail and doing so.
"Every American is entitled to vote the way that I did," McEnany said. "If you are someone who is working out of state but your domicile is in a different state, you are absolutely entitled to request an absentee ballot and to cast your ballot by mail. I am entitled to that. The average voter is entitled to that."
On the other hand, she said, no one seems to have a problem with Los Angeles County, where 112% of the population is registered to vote.
"Well, that leaves [at least] 12 percent subject to fraud ," McEnany said. "So, that's what [Trump]'s against. He's not against the average every day American who has a reason for casting their ballot — to get an absentee cast in that manner."
'Peaceful' and dead
As of last Thursday, at least 10 people had been killed in the riots following the death at the hands of Minneapolis police of George Floyd, but the major broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC were little concerned with those deaths.
Indeed, from May 28 to June 3, the three networks spent less than 1% of their combined broadcast time — about four and a half minutes total — on the deaths. But the protests? That was a different story.
During that time, they spent nearly 12 combined hours cheering on the protests, with NBC spending 309 minutes on protests and 132 seconds on the deaths, CBS 201 minutes on the protests and 61 seconds on the deaths, and ABC 200 minutes on the protests and 91 seconds on the deaths.
At least three unarmed blacks were victims of the protests, including a retired police captain in St. Louis who was attempting to protect his friend's business, a 22-year-old woman in Davenport, Iowa, who was killed as she was leaving protests after they became violent and an Indiana business owner and former Indiana University football star who was known as "Mr. Indianapolis."
Yet, somehow, the majority of reporting on the protests keeps pronouncing them "peaceful."