This Liberal Journalist Has a Problem with Beto’s Website

On March 14, 2019, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke became the latest Democrat to enter the crowded field of candidates vying to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020. The former U.S. Congressman from Texas immediately starting hauling in copious amounts of cash. According to Fox News, O’Rourke raised $6.1 million online during the first 24 hours of the commencement of his campaign. This feat set a new record for the 2020 Democratic primary contest.

In a statement, the wildly popular O’Rourke said, “In just 24 hours, Americans across this country came together to prove that it is possible to run a true grassroots campaign for president — a campaign by all of us for all of us that answers not to the PACs, corporations and special interests but to the people.”

The former Congressman soared to rock star fame last year when he raised $80 million during his quest to beat Republican U.S. Senator Tex Cruz. O’Rourke narrowly lost that race.

Young and charismatic, O’Rourke has been compared to the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. With the potential to be a liberal media darling, one left-leaning journalist surprisingly pointed to the need for the former Congressman to beef up his policy credentials. The critique came while CNN’s Anderson Cooper was talking with Joe Hagan of Vanity Fair. Hagan mentioned that O’Rourke had garnered name recognition from his failed bid to claim Ted Cruz’s Senate seat. But, Hagan admitted the latest candidate in the 2020 presidential race had “to prove that he has substance to back up the popularity.”

Cooper stated, “It does seem like, he’s sort of, for many people, they may know the name, uh, but there, it’s kind of a blank slate in terms, maybe it’s like a ror—like you can project your own ideas onto who he actually is.”

The CNN journalist went on to say, “If you go to his campaign website, there’s a lot of stuff for sale I noticed today, t-shirts, there’s like a tote bag. There’s really not anything there on policy positions.”

Hagan countered, “Well I press him on a few of them. And I would say he has opinions about things, but you know the more you press him on things, the fuzzier he gets.”

Earlier this year, during an interview with the Washington Post’s Jenna Johnson, O’Rourke was asked what needs to occur to address illegal immigrants overstaying their visas. O’Rourke’s response was, “I don’t know.” Concerning the former Congressman’s lack of an answer, Phillip Wegmann of the Washington Examiner said, “This honesty is refreshing. It is certainly preferable to the normal nonsensical boilerplate that politicians regurgitate when caught in questions they can’t answer. But this honesty is also alarming because O’Rourke has spent the last six years representing a border district in Congress.”

“Certainly, the man who stole a million progressive hearts, almost snatching a Senate seat in the process, has some idea? Not really,” Wegmann added. “According to WaPo, the best O’Rourke can offer is better cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico — hardly the innovative stuff expected from a potential 2020 savior.”

Certainly, O’Rourke has time to flesh out his policy positions. But, shouldn’t he have already accomplished this task before jumping into the presidential race? No matter how appealing O’Rourke might be to the left, they desire one quality above everything else. They want to nominate the person that has the best chance to make Trump a one-term president. So, if O’Rourke stumbles out of the gate appearing like a lightweight, he might earn an early exit from this overcrowded race.

For his part, Trump doesn’t seem too worried about the entrance of O’Rourke into the 2020 fray. He’s already poked fun at O’Rourke for waving his hands excessively at a campaign event.

“I said, is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?” Trump chimed in. “So I’ve never seen hand movement, I watched him a little while this morning doing I assume it was kind of a news conference, and I’ve actually never seen anything quite like it!”

~ Conservative Zone

Reports of Rape Surged by 33% in Sweden Over Past Decade

The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Bra) recently released a report with some shocking statistics about violent crimes against women in the country. According to Bra, the country has seen a 33 percent increase in the number of reported rape cases in the last decade – and an 8 percent increase in rapes in the last year alone.

Even more shocking, rape reports alleging attacks against children rose even more in the last year; those crimes are up 13% in just the past 12 months alone. According to Bra researcher Stina Söderman:

“We have seen a clear increase in reported rape in recent years.”

The most recent figures reveal that almost 8,000 rapes were reported in Sweden last year alone, this number represents an increase of 614 rapes from the previous year. In 2018, rape reports against children of both genders (under the age of 18) rose to 3,420. Only adult men saw a decrease in the number of reported rapes in 2018.

Since 2008, the total rape report increase for the total population is 33 percent; that number climbs to 44 percent with cases that have adult women as victims.

According to SVT, Sweden’s public news network, immigrants commit about 85% of the rapes committed by strangers; the station came under fire for revealing these statistics. The network revealed that a review of 843 court cases in one district over a five year period found that 58% of the convicted rapists were not born in Sweden. When cases where the rapist and victim did not know one another were considered, the number of foreign born attackers rose to 80%. In addition, more than half of the attackers had lived in Sweden for less than a year before the attack.

Rape and violence against women were the most significant findings in 2018; the overall increase in crime was just two percent. Crimes against property actually declined, while violent crimes against citizens are on the rise.

Violence in the country continues to be an ongoing concern for citizens; record numbers of fatalities due to shootings were recorded in 2018. Crimes against women are the highest in decades, as seen by the increase in rape detailed above. According to Politico, crimes against citizens are becoming commonplace in the once safe and peaceful nation:

“Social unrest, with car torchings, attacks on first responders and even riots, is a recurring phenomenon,” Politico reported.

Politicians in the nation remain concerned about how the country is perceived. Sweden has welcomed more immigrants and refugees than any other nation in the European Union, according to Politico, and they are now faced with downplaying any additional violence that this entry policy has caused. Even a left-leaning publication like Politico acknowledges both the problem of violence and the connection to immigration and the failure to assimilate into the host culture. While the problem of violence is now widely known and accepted, few solutions are on the table, leading to an increasingly risky homeland for Sweden’s women and children.

~ Conservative Zone

5 Reasons Why We Need the Border Wall NOW

Now, if you read this site with any regularity, we probably don’t need to convince you why the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico is important. The need for bolder security on this front is pretty obvious.

If there is any single issue that got President Donald Trump elected, this is it. The wall was his signature campaign issue. And while other Republicans have made similar calls in the past, President Trump drove the point home like no one else before him was able to do. That said, conservative Americans — or really any American that wants to continue living in a safe country governed by the rule of law — will be understandably miffed with the president if he leaves office without even laying the first couple of bricks down.

Obviously, the Democratic Party hasn’t exactly made this easy for us. Despite the fact that there was a clear mandate from the American people in 2016 to strengthen the border, liberal policymakers have fought against this tooth and nail. The debate has been raging for over two years now.

So, if Democrats still need to be convinced, One America News’ Liz Wheeler has five more reasons for them. Check them out in the video below.

~ Conservative Zone

Father of Florida Victim Attacked by Liberals for Wearing Trump Shirt

On Valentine’s Day, after a shooter opened fire at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, anxious father Andrew Pollack tried desperately to get ahold of his 18-year-old daughter, a senior at the high school. Pollack tried calling his daughter repeatedly and the phone just “rang and rang.”

After trying desperately to contact his missing daughter via telephone. Pollack waited for hours outside the emergency room at Broward Health North to find out if she was one of the shooting victims. The frantic father sat in his truck outside the hospital waiting for news about his daughter.

The Palm Beach Post happened to snap a photo of the distraught father holding up a picture of his daughter on his cell phone. Pollack later confirmed that his daughter, Meadow, had died in the shooting. The 18-year-old had just been accepted at Lynn University in Boca Raton. According to family and friends, she was an energetic, lovely young woman.

The Palm Beach Post reporter uploaded the photo that had been taken of Pollack in his truck to Twitter. The Tweet sparked an outrage — not at the fact that this bright, young woman had lost her life to a senseless crime. The outrage was over the father’s choice of clothing. Rather than sympathizing with the grieving father and offering him condolences and support during his time of need, liberals attacked him for wearing a “Trump 2020: Make America Great Again!” t-shirt. There were more than 1,500 replies to the Tweet and most were focused on Mr. Pollack’s attire.

Although liberals often say how tolerant and peaceful they are, the comments on the Tweet were anything but loving. Rather than blaming the disturbed individual, Nikolas Cruz, who pulled out an AR-15 and began randomly gunning down innocent students and teachers, some of the Twitter commenters went so far as to blame Mr. Pollack for his daughter’s senseless death.

Leonard James tweeted that he didn’t feel sorry for Mr. Pollack. James comments that Pollack probably doesn’t recognize that the NRA supporting policies of the current administration and what happened to his child are both connected. In actuality, they are not connected. Pollack’s daughter was gunned down by a deeply disturbed individual bent on violence in one form or another.

Another Tweet from Jesse Whiteman said that Mr. Pollack should feel guilty as helped enable the shooting himself. Whiteman doesn’t say outright, but seems to indicate that Pollack’s support of Trump is what enabled this terrible tragedy.

After the Twitter outburst, Andrew Pollack gave an emotional speech at the White House directly to President Trump and others about the school shooting. During the speech, Pollack talked about how his daughter, Meadow, had gotten shot 9 times on the third floor of the school. The distraught dad understandably says that he is furious as he will never ever see his daughter again. He explains that his beautiful daughter is gone for eternity.

Pollack points out that as a country, we have failed our children. He said that no one thinks that a similar tragedy will happen to their family until the day that it does. Pollack believes that, rather than ignoring the danger, everyone needs to work together to help keep kids safe at school. Pollack went on to say that people need to stop fighting about gun laws and come together — across party lines, to fix the problem – and that gun laws are a different battle.

Pollack added that many school shootings have occurred over the years yet little has been done. Angrily, Pollack pointed out that after 911 happened, security measures were taken to ensure that something similar would never happen again. And, it hasn’t. However, in spite of the increasing number of school shootings over the years, nothing has been done. Pollack said that there should have been just one school shooting and things should have been fixed.

Pollack vowed to work with President Trump to fix the issue. He strongly believes that this administration will make our nation’s schools safer. The angry father said that he would not sleep until things change. President Trump could be seen during the speech nodding and giving a thumbs up sign to Pollack in support of what he was saying.

~ Conservative Zone