A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
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“I’m like, that sounds like gunfire. We look up, we see people running, little kids crying, people pushing their strollers. We were all scared out of our minds. We all just sat on the floor praying. It was the scariest experience of my whole life. I spent 15 years in the military, but that was scary.”
Gloria Hall said she was on the second floor of Mayfair mall with her niece when she heard a “pow, pow, pow, pow, pow” Friday. A gunman opened fire inside the mall in Wauwatosa, injuring seven adults and one teenager. She stayed in the back of the PINK store for hours while police looked for the gunman. The manager locked the doors and turned the lights off.
“This is stunning, heartbreaking, infuriating and the most unpatriotic acts I can even imagine for people in this country to have participated in, in any way, shape or form. And I want the American public to know right now, we will not be intimidated. American patriots are fed up with the corruption from the local level to the highest level of our government and we are going to take this country back. We are not going to be intimidated. We are not going to back down. We are going to clean this mess up now. President Trump won by a landslide. We are going to prove it and we are going to reclaim the United States of America for the people who vote for freedom.”
Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell on voter fraud
“Why would you not allow people to carry out the function they’ve been allowed to do for 50 years, 60 years? Why wouldn’t you allow inspections of those ballots? Because you knew you were going to use those ballots to catch Biden up and you had a big road ahead of you. You had to catch him up to 700,000 to 800,000 votes that he was behind. The only way you were going to do it were with the mail-in ballots.”
“Well, they were good. I don’t know that they were that good, because they made significant mistakes like all crooks do, and we caught them.”
Rudy Giuliani on Joe Biden’s assertion about having the “most extensive” voter fraud operation in American history
“We are not trying our case in the court of public opinion because if we were, we would get unbiased jurors. I would strike 99% of you from the jury, and I would be allowed to because of the fake news coverage you provide. You are not unbiased jurors.
“The facts matter. The truth matters. If you are fair reporters, you will cover that fairly and appropriately and will allow coverage of our media team and our legal team. I can see you taking pictures and can anticipate what your headlines are going to be. If you are not willing to talk about the evidence that is being presented, then that is absolutely unacceptable for journalistic standards.”
Trump campaign attorney Jenna Ellis chastising the news media at a news conference
“Could we please dispense with the shocked outrage over those of us who dare to believe that it is even remotely possible that cheating occurred? Democrats had motive, they had means, they had the opportunity, and they certainly have a history of this type of behavior.
“The question for Trump’s legal team is, can they find enough evidence to prove the matter in time?”
Larry O’Connor hosts The Larry O’Connor Show, politics/pop-culture and lifestyle talk show heard daily in Washington DC and in Los Angeles
“Last weekend, it was the American people’s turn to announce they are nobody’s fools.
“On Saturday and then again on Sunday, ordinary citizens from all over the United States gathered in Washington, D.C. to demonstrate, in both senses of the word. They demonstrated against the Democrats’ theft of the presidential election from Donald Trump. And they demonstrated that tens of millions of Americans know very well that the election was stolen.
“Ice-road truckers in Alaska know it was stolen. Pineapple farmers on Molokai know it was stolen. I wouldn’t be surprised, if I were backpacking in Papua New Guinea or rafting up the Amazon or climbing some Himalayan mountain in Nepal, to encounter a remote tribe whose first question would be: ‘How are the recounts going?’
“Not only are the media lying about the steal, they’re smearing the people who are doing the job they should be doing. They’re casting Rudy Giuliani, who accomplished more real positive change in the lives of more American citizens than perhaps any politician in my lifetime, as some kind of nut.”
Bruce Bawer is the author of While Europe Slept, Surrender, and The Victims’ Revolution
“The media’s near total silence about the physical violence being perpetrated against conservatives is shameful & dangerous. Just imagine the outrage and indignation if this went the other way. Violence is never the answer and instigators must be condemned and prosecuted.”
First Daughter and adviser to the president Ivanka Trump
“How about we block everything you want to do legislatively, file court challenges against every executive order, investigate you, take the House back in 2022 and then beat Kamala Harris in 2024 after you become too feeble and senile to continue on? Unity sounds nice, but to have unity, you need people that have some type of barebones agreement about whether America, Christianity, Capitalism, the Constitution and small government are good things or not. Until we can square that circle, there is no unity to be had.”
Author and columnist John Hawkins
“America is filled with tens upon tens of millions of wonderful people who are deeply committed to American principles and American freedom. I meet them all the time as I traverse the nation in my travels. They call me, and they write to me.
“I am talking about Americans of all ethnicities. They are speaking up, and many of the trends that began in 2016 continued into this election.
“I would remind readers that when Gallup asked Americans in September whether they were ‘better off now” than they were four years ago, 55% said yes. When the same question was asked in December 2012, under Barack Obama, 45% said yes. In October 2004, under George W. Bush, 47% said yes. In July 1992, under George H.W. Bush, 38% said yes. In July 1984, under Ronald Reagan, 44% said yes.”
Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and author of the new book “Necessary Noise: How Donald Trump Inflames the Culture War and Why This is Good News for America.”
“We’re Badgers and we’re gonna beat this enemy, but let’s do it together. It’s not a Democrat. It’s not a Republican. It’s not a commie. It’s not a Baptist. It’s not a Catholic. It’s a common enemy, and that common enemy is COVID-19.
“I’m sad. What I’m really sad about is the fact that the worst is still to come. Until we get a vaccine, thousands of people, millions of people, are going to suffer from this insidious disease. And it’s nothing to take lightly.
“You’ve got to be serious about this thing. You got to take care of yourself and your family. And the only thing we’ve got in order to protect ourselves is wearing a mask, washing our hands, getting tested and social distancing.”
UW President and former WI Governor Tommy Thompson
“I’m going to do everything I can to try to prevent Biden from locking us up and locking us down and forcing us to wear masks forever. We can’t go on like this forever. Today, Biden’s talking more about a lockdown. This is absolutely why he’s going to be a terrible president if we get him. He’s going to ruin the country. Lockdowns don’t work. And in fact, all of the evidence on mandatory masks show that they don’t work either.
“There’s about 10 different countries or venues, maybe 20, that instituted mandatory masks, and every one of them to a T, the infection rate or the COVID rate went up after the mask mandate. Now, this is just showing that … all these mitigation strategies — washing our hands, staying six feet apart — they really don’t work, frankly. And the virus, as the Wall Street Journal put it, is insidious. It does what it’s going to do. The only thing that’s going to stop it is either enough immunity among individuals in the community or a vaccine.”
Sen. Rand Paul
“New York’s dictatorial governor, Andrew Cuomo, may have met his match. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is asking the Supreme Court of the United States to strike down Cuomo’s Oct. 6 executive order shutting down ‘houses of worship’ in areas of Brooklyn and Queens, while allowing ‘essential’ businesses, like pet stores, groceries and big-box stores to stay open.
“Cuomo insists he’s battling COVID-19. The Diocese says Cuomo’s making a value judgment that going to Target is ‘essential’ but taking communion isn’t. Truth is, for devout communicants who are already suffering social isolation during the pandemic, finding the church doors closed can be soul crushing.”
Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York and author of “The Next Pandemic”
“There is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians, it’s outrageous, this is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public…politics playing medicine, and that’s a very dangerous game.”
Top pathologist Dr. Roger Hodkinson
“I have no plans to utilize my office’s resources or deputies to break up the great tradition of Thanksgiving dinner.”
Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard on NY Governor Cuomo forcing families to make some tough decisions and limit their private gatherings, including those upcoming Thanksgiving dinners, to just 10 people
“So don’t feel a need to hide cars, cover with leaves or walk 3 blocks so your house doesn’t become a target of the Governor. The constant barrage of Government Regulations and control over your daily lives has added to mass depression, the exacerbation of other medical conditions due to stress and the disruption of your normal routine.”
Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino
“I remember a testimonial I got from a black cab driver roughly four years ago when I was covering Donald’s first campaign. As we sped away from the Trump National Doral Miami, the driver thought he heard me on my telephone alluding to Donald’s bigotry. When I had finished my telephone conversation, he politely told me Donald was not a bigot. I informed him that my remarks had been misinterpreted. He continued by telling me that much of the staff at the hotel were black and even the head of security was a black man from New York City. I was touched by his loyalty to Donald and insisted that I had been misunderstood. Neither I nor my interlocutor on the telephone thought Donald was a racist. I tipped the driver handsomely.”
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator
“During the Obama years about 55% of Democrats felt the “mass media” reported the news ‘fully, accurately, and fairly.’ About 30% of Republicans agreed. In 2017 the number of approving Democrats rose to 72% – where it has roughly stayed – while the number of approving Republicans dropped to just 14% in 2016 and is now at 10%.
“Free nations need an honest press. We no longer have one. Heaven help us.”
J. Peder Zane is an editor for RealClearInvestigations and a columnist for RealClearPolitics
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