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
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“I’ve received some complaints in my office, and rightfully so, about Cardi B and the Grammys. They wonder why we are paying the FCC if they feel this should be in living rooms across the nation. Wake up, FCC, and begin to do your job. The moral decline of America is partly due to your utter complacency.”
U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Republican from Glenbeulah, said on the House floor Thursday that rapper Cardi B’s appearance at the Grammy Awards earlier this year was “inconsistent with basic decency” in a speech urging the Federal Communications Commission to ban performances like hers
“This gets me so mad ya don’t even know! I think we all been on the edge this week since we seen police brutality back to back including watching one of the biggest case in history go down DUE to police brutality but wait ! This is wat state representative decide to talk about. This is why people gotta vote, elect better people cause you got these dum asses representing states.”
Cardi B tweeting in response
“The science tells us that vaccines are 95% effective. So, if you have a vaccine, quite honestly, what do you care if your neighbor has one or not.”
US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)
“If you get a vaccine … you’re immune and so act immune. If you tell people … it’s not going to change anything, then what’s the point of going through it?”
Governor Ron DeSantis
“In a recent Gallup survey, Democrats did much worse than Republicans in getting the right answer to the fundamental question: What are the chances that someone who gets COVID will need to be hospitalized? The answer is between one and five percent — 41 percent of Democrats thought it was over 50 percent. Another 28 percent put the chances at 20 to 49 [percent]. So if the right-wing media bubble has to own things like climate change denial, shouldn’t liberal media have to answer for ‘How did your audience end up believing such a bunch of crap about COVID?’”
“Apparently the [Florida] governor is also a voracious consumer of the scientific literature, and maybe that’s why he protected his most vulnerable population — the elderly — way better than did the governor of New York.”
“Her message was clearly intended to get to the jury—‘If you will acquit or if you find the charge less than murder, we will burn down your buildings. We will burn down your businesses. We will attack you. We will do what happened to the witness—blood on their door.’
“This was an attempt to intimidate the jury. It’s borrowed precisely from the Ku Klux Klan of the 1930s and 1920s when the Klan would march outside of courthouses and threatened all kinds of reprisals if the jury ever dared convict a white person or acquit a black person. And so, efforts to intimidate a jury should result in a mistrial with the judge, of course, wouldn’t grant a mistrial because then he’d be responsible for the riots that would ensue, even though it was Waters who was responsible.”
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz charged that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was clearly trying to influence the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial when she traveled to Minnesota and said Chauvin should be found guilty
“Even after the (Chauvin) verdict, commentators who applauded the jury gave last year’s riots in American cities the credit for inspiring it. Not the facts. Not the law. But lawless protests. If a large faction of Americans really believe that only mayhem in the streets can guarantee justice in America, then this verdict will mean little and we are in for far more unrest ahead.”
The Wall Street Journal
This trial was a travesty, a kangaroo court, and as a country, we should be ashamed of ourselves.
From the beginning, we had politicians, media hacks, cultural poohbahs, and Twitter twerps demanding a pound of flesh. This was not outrage over a perceived crime – it was a mob interested in scoring points. A literal mob. People burned down the town where it happened. And a lot of other towns.
A fair trial? What a joke. At every point, they stacked the deck. “Due process is apparently a luxury we can’t afford because BLM will get mad,” went the elite’s gutless reasoning. In fact, like free speech and freedom of religion, the right to a fair trial and due process matters most when defending that right is hard.
What happened here?
The judge refused to change the venue. He made the case be tried in a city whose inhabitants set it aflame. Seems legit.
The judge refused to sequester the jury, making them pinkie swear to ignore the Class 5 hurricane of media attention. That’ll work.
The city council decided to settle the wrongful death case right during the trial. What a coinkydink.
Minneapolis’s goofy mayor demanded a conviction. Great.
Minnesota’s governor did too. Awesome
The loathsome Maxine Waters decided to encourage violence if her preferred verdict didn’t come down. Spectacular.
The leftist scumbags did their part, splashing pig’s blood on the house of someone they thought had been a defense witness for the crime of giving testimony the mob disliked. Nothing to see here.
Piled together, this was a towering heap of due process violations that made this trial a farce. Not because of the evidence, but because the establishment decided to tamper with the jury. No, no one overtly told the jurors how they had to vote, but did anyone need to? Do you imagine anyone on that jury was unaware of what was in store for them if they determined the evidence defined the narrative and acquitted?
Columnist Kurt Schlichter
“The best way to show that the jury was not bamboozled into convicting would have been if deliberations had gone on for a few days, if they maybe acquitted on a count, if they made a record where you could say they made a discriminating appraisal of the evidence. The best way for [Derek Chauvin] to show that he might not have gotten due process is a quick verdict with no notes where they just convicted on everything. And that’s what happened.”
Fox analyst Andy McCarthy
Even though the video of what happened to George Floyd was horrifying and the case became a symbol of racial justice in America, there is zero evidence that the outcome would have been any different if George Floyd had been white.
There was no evidence suggesting that Police Officer Derek Chauvin was motivated by racism. There were no racial comments made on the video. It may well be an example of bad policing. But it is not evidence of racism by law enforcement.
No, America’s “very soul” is not on trial.
An individual ex-officer, Chauvin, who is white, stood trial for allegedly murdering an individual suspect, Floyd, who is Black. Nothing more, nothing less. Indeed, the lead prosecution, in his opening statement, stressed that “the Minneapolis police department” is not on trial, just solely this defendant. Furthermore, many studies find cops more hesitant, more reluctant do use deadly force on a Black person than a white person. The facts simply do not bear out the Democrats’ and media narrative of anti-Black police “systemic racism.”
“A Black teenage girl named Ma’Khia Bryant was killed because a police officer immediately decided to shoot her multiple times in order to break up a knife fight. Demand accountability. Fight for justice. #BlackLivesMatter.”
“So Valerie Jarrett is upset because a white police officer saved a black woman’s life.”
“Law enforcement uses unnecessary force too often, resulting in the death of black and brown Americans.”
Jen Psaki throwing a Chicago police officer under the bus after he shot an armed gang recruit
“White House is repeating the lie that Ma’Khia Bryant was shot by police because she was black. Reality: She was shot because she had a knife and was in the act of attempting to kill another girl. Unbelievable.”
“Shootings, gun laws, access to weapons? Oh, I know when they’ll change. Your kids start getting killed. White people’s kids start getting killed.”
CNN’s Chris Cuomo
“LeBron James is living on a high horse. He’s in a multimillion-dollar house living around nothing but white people. He is not affected by none of this violence. He could care less. And at the drop of a dime, he will have white officers at his house doing investigations on false claims if there is some.
“LeBron James and these wealthy people like the BLM co-founder living in million-dollar houses, they don’t care. They just want to push a virtue signal because they have nothing better to do. They are not educated enough to look at things from both sides and they continue to want to push a narrative that’s just not true. I really wish they would be held accountable and at least ashamed of what they’re doing to our country.”
Former football player and police officer Brandon Tatum blasted NBA star LeBron James over what he says is his hypocrisy of living in an isolated bubble but pointing the finger at a police officer doing his job. James went viral on Wednesday night after tweeting a photo of the officer involved in the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, who was reportedly trying to stab another female during a Tuesday altercation.
“I find it hard to believe, and I’m not defending Derek Chauvin in any way, I find it hard to believe, first of all, that he intentionally meant to kill George Floyd. That being said, his actions were uncalled for. I don’t care what color the person is on the street. I don’t know what led to that video that we saw where his knee is on his neck, but the man had thrown in the towel.”
Former Packer Brett Favre
“Are there racists in America? Of course. There are racists in every nation, and there always will be. Racism is a sin. It must be condemned and resisted at every opportunity. But we are the least racist major nation in the world, and certainly the least racist multicultural nation in the world. To its great credit, America has elected a black president and a black vice president. We have a black Supreme Court justice. Many of our major cities have black mayors and police chiefs. Show me the black prime minister of Canada, the black prime minister of Great Britain, the black prime minister of France or the black chancellor of Germany.”
“I’d love to see [Rashida Tlaib] resign. I’d throw her a goodbye party. Let her go. … When you talk about abolishing police, incarceration, you talk about safe cities — what do you think the residents in Detroit want?”
Detroit Police Chief James Craig
“The president does not feel that children coming to our border seeking refuge from violence, economic hardships, and other dire circumstances is a crisis.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki after Biden finally admitted it’s a border crisis
“The catastrophe now unfolding at our border is a direct result of progressive policies and pronouncements emanating from Democrats in Washington. But Democrats can end this disaster just as quickly as they caused it. All they have to do is reinstate commonsense border enforcement and stop treating U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol as a concierge service for illegal aliens.”
“We need to start talking about Joe Biden’s border crisis as intent more than incompetence. What we’re seeing now reflects what Democrats believe immigration should be. Open borders. Amnesty. Catch and release. Banning voter ID. They know what they’re doing. This is intentional.”
“Despite the talk of a ‘forever war,’ US troops in Afghanistan are not embroiled in warfare. The last American combat death occurred well over a year ago. Only about 3,500 US military personnel are deployed to Afghanistan, and they are involved primarily in training and logistics. Removing those forces will gain America very little. But it will immeasurably benefit the Taliban, who will exult, with reason, at having driven out the Americans.”
Columnist Jeff Jacoby
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The Chauvin trial
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The Chauvin verdict was correct and just
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK