Below the fold – Mar 18, 2021

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Below The Fold: The news that do not make the headlines but is important. By PL Hade

  1. He actually said this out loud, in an interview, broadcast to the world: “Our Supreme Court and our courts didn’t have the courage to overturn elections” – Trump on Fox News March 16 2021. (Didn’t even make the headlines.)
  2. Smith (NJ4) and Van Drew (NJ2) both voted against eliminating a deadline passed in 1982 that has prevented the Equal Rights Amendment from becoming part of the Constitution.
  3. Intelligence report contradicts claims by Trump and his team on China election interference https://www.cnn.com/…/us-intel-report-trump…/index.html
  4. IRS pushes April 15 U.S. tax deadline to May 15 https://www.cnbc.com/…/irs-pushes-april-15-us-tax…
  5. “The surge at the border began in the last four months of the Trump Administration. Didn’t start in January. The 10 year high for border apprehensions was in 2019, at the height of Trump’s “tough on the border” policies.” Chris Murphy
  6. Ron Johnson doubled down with a WSJ op-ed saying the Trump insurrection was nothing to worry about, spends rest of the piece complaining about Antifa and cancel culture.
  7. White Supremacist Propaganda Spikes in 2020
    • New Jersey European Heritage Association was responsible for 508 incidents in 2020, representing 10 percent of the national total – nearly double the number of incidents linked to the group in 2019. Originally focused on New Jersey, the group has expanded its activity to other states. In 2020, its propaganda was most frequently reported in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania, although NJEHA propaganda was spotted at least once in 23 different states. The geographic areas NJEHA targeted in 2020 are very similar to the regions in which the group posted propaganda last year.
    • NJEHA often distributes explicitly white supremacist propaganda with messages targeting various groups, including Jewish people, Black people and immigrants. Some of its 2020 propaganda read: ‘Antifa is a Jewish communist militia,’ ‘Black Crimes Matter’ and ‘Reject White Guilt.’ References to the COVID-19 pandemic also appeared in NJEHA’s propaganda, with phrases like ‘Stop Corona Virus, Deport All Illegal aliens, Close the Borders, Stop Immigration Now,’ ‘Globalism is the virus’ and ‘(((Media))) is the virus.’ The last two target Jewish people, with the word ‘globalism’ evoking antisemitic tropes and (((___))) being an antisemitic symbol.
    • NJEHA propaganda is often virulently antisemitic. In addition to the antisemitic propaganda listed above, other propaganda from NJEHA reads, ‘Small HATS BIG problems’ alongside the image of a kippah, the traditional Jewish head covering. Additional propaganda reads, ‘America is under occupation,’ with the text overlaying a Star of David.” https://www.adl.org/white-supremacist-propaganda-spikes…
  8. Covid19
    • COVID19 is not done with us. Our Rate of Transmission has been over 1 for more than a week. Despite doing better we could see another spike when the spring break crowd returns to NJ. Variants are more transmissible. Please, double mask, keep social distance, limit in person contact.
    • 539,979 Americans have died of Covid19
    • NJ: 3590 new positives
      • Transmission Rate 1.05
      • Counties with the highest positives: Essex 375, Bergen 373, Monmouth 373, Middlesex 350
Below the fold – Mar 18, 2021

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