Trump wins debate with Biden & Wallace

UPDATED 0CT. 1, 2020Trump vs. Biden & WallacePresident Donald J. Trump confronted two opponents on the debate stage Tuesday night, as “moderator” Chris Wallace joined 47-year career politician Joe Biden in telling lies about Trump. Wallace, a Fox News anchor, even repeated the debunked claim that Trump called white supremacists in Charlottesville “very fine people, ” as he teed-up an opportunity for Biden to allege Trump is a racist.

Trump picked up on the bias early on, responding to Wallace’s slanted question on healthcare, “I guess I’m debating you, not him, but that’s OK. I’m not surprised.”

Richard Grenell, the former Acting Director of the United States National Intelligence, highlighted Wallace’s inability to “interrupt’ Biden.

“Chris Wallace doesn’t interrupt Joe Biden,” Grenell stated in a tweet. Wallace did interrupt Trump — 35 times, by our count. He interrupted Biden once. Wallace lectured Trump about interrupting, but didn’t address Biden’s mean-spirited personal attacks, as Biden called Trump a racist, “a clown” and “a liar.” Biden also told Trump to “shut up” — and said Trump wasn’t “presidential.”

Wallace worked hard during the debate to aggressively shut down the discussion any time Biden seemed to be getting the worst of it.

As Revolver.news observed, “Whenever Trump began to get the better of Biden and force him into a corner, Wallace was prepared to step in, declare the topic over, and try pivoting to a new subject where the vice president might do better.”

“In short,” the news and opinion website said, “the Wallace strategy was to step-in and interrupt when Trump was delivering blows to Biden, and to step-aside when Biden was running his rehearsed talking points against Trump.”

Biden refused to say whether he agreed with Democrats who want to pack the Supreme Court (say by increasing the number of justices from the present nine to 11 to 15, adding liberal justices), abolish the filibuster, admit Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico as new states, and otherwise shift the balance of power to Democrats. Biden refused to answer, on the bonkers excuse that it could “become a campaign issue” — and Wallace let him slide. Perhaps fearing that by probing for an answer he would embarrass Biden, Wallace moved on.

On Thursday, Wallace whined to the New York Times about the criticism he received for what he characterized as his failure to “seize control of the debate.” He and the NYT took swipes Trump’s “bullying behavior” (NYT’s phrase), but failed to even acknowledge the many complaints over Wallace’s perceived bias toward Biden. UPDATE: Wallace recently referred to criticisms of his alleged bias as Republican “talking points.”

Locally, residents held six debate watch parties in the Kingman area — two at restaurants (Golden American Pizza in Golden Valley and Anchor Smokehouse in Meadview) and four at private residences in Kingman and Valle Vista.

Here are some takes on the debate from a couple of MohaveGOP’s favorite sites:

Chris Wallace, immoderate moderator of the first debate. (Photo Morry Gash/Pool, Getty Images)

The Worst Moments From the Debate Came From Moderator Chris Wallace

From Townhall.com: Leading up to the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, Fox News host and moderator Chris Wallace was praised by colleagues like Brit Hume as the “best debate moderator ever” but that quickly changed over the course of the night as it became clear President Trump was taking on two opponents.

As the debate progressed, Wallace appeared to team up with Biden, shutting the president down, failing to fact check the former vice president over some of the most obvious and easily debunked lies, and moving the subject along when it became inconvenient for Joe.

Let’s take a look at some of Wallace’s worst moments from Tuesday’s debate.

1. Ben Shapiro quipped that Wallace turned into a debater as the night progressed—an assessment Trump agreed with, on and off stage. For example, here’s how Wallace framed a question about Trump’s healthcare plan:

“You, in the course of these four years, have never come up with a comprehensive plan to replace Obamacare, and just this last Thursday, you signed a largely symbolic executive order to protect people with preexisting conditions five days before this debate, so my question is what is the Trump healthcare plan?” Wallace asked.

Well, first of all, I guess I’m debating you, not him. But that’s okay,” Trump fired back. “Let me just tell you something, there’s nothing symbolic. I’m cutting drug prices, I’m going with favored nations, which no president has the courage to do cause you’re going against big pharma. Drug prices will be coming down 80 or 90 percent.”

MORE at Townhall.com

Additional Stories:

Chris Wallace Nuked His Credibility With White Supremacy Question to Trump and Here’s Why (Video) (Redstate.com)

Here’s how Biden wants Commission on Presidential Debates to change format (Justthenews.com)

Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald J. Trump. (AP Photo, File)

Debate Recap: Trump Wins, Biden Doesn’t Faint, Chris Wallace Goes Down Hard

From PJMedia.com: President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden went head-to-head on Tuesday night, and moderator Chris Wallace got knocked out. Wallace seemed to push left-wing talking points to help Biden and hurt Trump, but both candidates talked over him. Trump and Biden brought out the fisticuffs and both got in a few good hits. Biden stumbled, but he did not come across as a bumbling fool.

While Trump and Biden both went on the offensive, Trump got in more clear statements and Biden came across as shifty, especially on packing the Supreme Court.

Wallace asked Biden if he would support expanding the Supreme Court to more than nine justices, noting that Democrats brought up the issue first. Biden refused to answer the question, and Trump pressed him.

When Trump pressed him, “Why aren’t you going to answer that question?” Biden shot back, “Would you shut up, man?”

After Trump asked, “Who is on your list, Joe?” Biden responded by saying, “This is so unpresidential.”

Not only did Biden dodge the question, but he lost his cool about the issue, and then accused his opponent of being unpresidential right after he said, “Would you shut up, man?”

On the issue of nominating Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement to the Supreme Court, Trump insisted, “I’m not elected for three years, I’m elected for four years.” He suggested that Biden’s call for delaying the nomination and confirmation until after the election would essentially deny Trump’s presidency — an effective counter.

MORE at PJMedia.com

Additional Stories:

Seriously? Moderator of Second Presidential Debate Served as an Intern for Joe Biden (PJMedia.com)

Kevin McCarthy advises Trump to get out of Biden’s way: ‘This is not the same man’ (Washington Times)

Kayleigh McEnany: Donald Trump has condemned white supremacy more than any modern president in history (Breitbart.com)

ICE, Border Patrol raid of Chaparral stash house results in 57 arrests

CHAPARRAL, N.M. – Continuing a recent trend, U.S. Border Patrol and ICE agents discovered a crowded stash house containing 48 illegal aliens last week.

El Paso Border Patrol Agents investigating a potential smuggling scheme encountered seven illegal aliens near the El Paso International Airport. The illegal aliens provided information that led to the discovery of four dozen other illegal aliens inside the stash house in Chaparral, New Mexico.

CPB, 2 agents at the border fence

Standing in front of a stretch of border wall.

Following the discovery, a lawfully admitted permanent resident and his wife were arrested on smuggling charges. The aliens from Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico also were arrested, making a total of 57 people taken into custody.

The Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) Agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deportation Officers (ICE-DO) took part in the arrests.

The stash house discovery comes on the heels of a recent take-down last month where 32 persons were found inside of an El Paso, Texas, stash house in the Lower Valley.

 “Border Patrol Agents, joined by HSI and ICE-DO identified a stash house with 48 illegal aliens inside a Chaparral, New Mexico residence,” stated El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez. “This incident demonstrates the continued exploitation by transnational criminal organizations who repeatedly use humans for profit regardless of the inherent risks including the potential for the spread of COVID-19 during the ongoing pandemic.”

Border Patrol seizes over 16 pounds of meth

SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agents seized over 16 pounds of methamphetamine over the weekend in two separate events.

Border Patrol agents sidelined a commercial passenger bus as it approached the Highway 86 checkpoint on Sept. 26, directing it to secondary inspection area for an immigration inspection of its passengers. 

While in secondary inspection, agents noticed a man who appeared nervous and stuttering during his immigration interview. Agents received his consent to pat down his person for safety reasons. During the pat-down, an agent felt a stiff canvas-like material strapped to the man’s leg. When asked about it, the man admitted to having illegal drugs strapped to his thigh. Agents arrested the passenger, escorted him off the bus, and took him to the detention area for further processing. Agents safely removed a cellophane wrapped package duct-taped to the man’s thigh. The substance inside the package, which weighed about 1.14 pounds, tested positive for methamphetamine. The package of meth has an estimated value of $2,565. 

El Centro Sector agents turned over the passenger, a 28-year-old U.S. citizen, and the narcotics to the Border Crimes Suppression Team. 

methamphetamine powder The second incident occurred the afternoon of the following day when an individual near a campsite in Westmorland waved down a Border Patrol agent. The person said that a man driving a red off-road vehicle had abandoned a backpack and driven off as soon as he saw a marked Border Patrol vehicle approaching. Agents discovered multiple plastic-wrapped packages inside the backpack. Agents took the abandoned backpack and its contents to the Highway 86 checkpoint for processing. The substance inside the packages tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.

The total weight of the meth was approximately 15.147 pounds, with an estimated value of $34,081. El Centro Sector agents turned over the narcotics to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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President & Vice President – Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence

 Sen. Martha McSally U.S. Senator from Arizona – Sen. Martha McSally

 Rep. Paul Gosar U.S. Representative, 4th Congressional District – Rep. Paul Gosar

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Jim O’Conner
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Kingman City Ballot

Question 1- A resolution proposing authorization for the City of Kingman to sell 1,813.40 acres of surplus real property located in the Kingman Airport and Industrial Park. – YES (Put excess city property into private hands).

Laredo Port of Entry CBP officers seize hard narcotics worth $10.1 million at World Trade Bridge

LAREDO, Texas — In four unrelated interdictions at the Laredo Port of Entry during the past week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized hard narcotics valued at $10.1 million at the World Trade Bridge.

The first enforcement action occurred on Sept. 21 when CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility at the Laredo Port of Entry encountered a truck from Mexico with manifesting a fifth wheel boom, often seen on tow trucks. The truck, a 2004 Ford F-150, and shipment were referred for further inspection by a canine and a non-intrusive imaging system inspection, which resulted in the discovery of 24 packages containing 59.17 pounds of alleged cocaine within the shipment.  The narcotics have an estimated street value of $456,280, said a spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO).

Later that evening, CBP officers referred a 2010 International tractor, hauling a shipment of foam chips, for a secondary inspection.  Inspection by a canine and x-ray machine led CBP officers to the discovery of a total of 130 packages containing 3,186.56 pounds of alleged marijuana buried within the shipment.  The narcotics have an estimated street value of $637,305, CBP said.

448 pounds of meth seized by Customs and Border Patrol at the Laredo, Texas border Baggies containing 448 pounds of methamphetamine seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.

The third narcotics interception took place the following day, on Sept. 22, when CBP officers referred a 1999 Ford F-550 truck, carrying a shipment of brake parts, for a secondary inspection.  Aided by a canine and non-intrusive imaging system examination, CBP officers the discovered 200 packages containing 448.59 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the shipment.  CBP said the narcotics have an estimated street value of $ 8,971,840.

The fourth seizure occurred later that evening, when CBP officers referred a 2009 International trailer and its shipment of car parts for a secondary inspection.  Officers examined the merchandise, again using a canine and non-intrusive imaging system, and discovered two packages containing 2.16 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the shipment.  CBP said the narcotics have an estimated street value of $43,210.

Customs and Border Patrol said the narcotics from the four seizures have a combined, estimated street value of $10,108,635.

“International trade continues to show extraordinary growth, causing illicit drug traffickers to become bold in their attempts to smuggle contraband through commercial supply chains,” said Acting Port Director Andrew Douglas, Laredo Port of Entry.

CBP officers seized the narcotics.  The cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.

Source: Customs and Border Protection

Lake Havasu Bureau of Land Management, 3 Sheriffs’ Departments, Havasu Police, Divers Association, Sea Scouts, partner in lake cleanup

Divers prepare to retrieve trash and debris from the bottom of Lake Havasu's Steamboat Cove. Photo-Chris Wonderly-BLM,8x6.jpg

Divers prepare to retrieve trash and debris from the bottom of Lake Havasu’s Steamboat Cove. Photo – Chris Wonderly, The Real BLM.

Lake Havasu City – Thirty-five divers, including scouts, law enforcement officers, volunteers, and Bureau of Land Management (the real BLM) staff removed trash and other debris from the shoreline and bottom of Steamboat Cove on Sept. 20, making for a cleaner and safer recreation experience. The divers spent a combined 31 dive hours during the event. Two canoes, a kayak, and the larger boats retrieved debris that the divers brought up from the Arizona side of Lake Havasu.

In the second annual cleanup of Steamboat Cove , the Bureau of Land Management’s Lake Havasu Field Office partnered with the Lake Havasu Divers Association, Lake Havasu Sea Scouts, Lake Havasu City Police Department, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for the second annual cleanup of Steamboat Cove, one of the federal BLM’s most popular boat-in recreation sites on Lake Havasu.

Cans, bottles, and plastic cups made the bulk of the litter. Divers also found some more unique items including a tire, watch, cell phone, and anchor. The Lake Havasu Sea Scouts who participated earned an aquatic-based merit badge for their hard work and public service.

Steamboat Cove is one of 73 shoreline recreation sites the federal BLM manages along the Colorado River.

MORE PHOTOS and details HERE.

Sen. Martha McSally, Mark Kelly debate tonight, Oct. 6

Sen. Martha McSally and her dog, Boomer

Martha McSally poses with her dog, Boomer

Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally and Democrat Mark Kelly will participate in an Oct. 6 debate on domestic policy, including the country’s response to COVID-19 and the social justice movement, in addition to foreign policy and Arizona issues.

The debate is organized by four Arizona media outlets: The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com; Arizona PBS and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University; KJZZ-FM (91.5), metro Phoenix’s public radio station; and Arizona Public Media, southern Arizona’s PBS and National Public Radio affiliate.

Voters can watch the 90-minute debate live at 7 p.m. Tuesday on Arizona PBS, KJZZ and AZPM and streamed on azcentral.com or YouTube. A 30-minute debate recap, likely by liberal commentators, will follow the event.

The debate comes one day before early voting begins in Arizona in one of the country’s most-watched U.S. Senate races, a special election to fill the rest of the 2017-2022 term that John McCain (R) was elected to in 2016.

Before she was sworn in as a U.S. Senator in January 2019, McSally previously represented Arizona’s second congressional district for four years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Martha serves on the following Senate Committees: Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Energy and Natural Resources; Indian Affairs; and the Special Committee on Aging.

Prior to serving in Congress, Senator McSally served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2010 as a full Colonel. During her 26-year military career, she deployed six times to the Middle East and Afghanistan, flying 325 combat hours and earning a Bronze Star and six air medals. She broke barriers for women and girls everywhere — becoming not only the first woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter jet in combat— but the first woman to command a fighter squadron in combat in United States history.

ICYMI: Here’s Why Three Astronauts Have Endorsed McSally and not Mark Kelly – Townhall.com

Her opponent, Mark Kelly, is a former Captain in the U.S. Navy and astronaut. Kelly is facing backlash for apparent business ties to China. Kelly co-founded World View Enterprises, which originated as a space exploration start up, and served an advisor until launching his bid for the Senate. 

“World View was invested in by a high-profile Chinese technology company, Tencent, owns WeChat, a Chinese social media platform,” Townhall.com reports. “Tencent is known to have used surveillance tactics on its billions of subscribers, and censors language that is critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). A handful of GOP senators classify Tencent as a national security threat and a puppet of the CCP.”

Indeed, the United Nations shared the senators’ concern; the UN’s Human Rights Watch chief classified Tencent as “an enabler of Chinese government oppression,” as RealClearPolitics notes.

Aside from the different way they view Chinese interests (McSally is wary of Communist China), the two Senate candidates differ strongly on Second Amendment issues.

Speaking with dozens of members of the firearm and ammunition industry for an National Shooting Sports Foundation PAC virtual town hall, Sen. McSally got right to the point when asked by NSSF’s Larry Keane what the Second Amendment means to her.

“I’ve put my life on the line for the Second Amendment,” she said.

Sen. McSally wrapped up the June 8 town hall by recalling the successes of the Senate and President Donald Trump in placing more than 200 pro-Second Amendment federal judges on the bench, including two on the Supreme Court, reinforcing just how important it is for industry-supporting Senators to remain in office.

Democrat Mark Kelly Democrat Kelly, on the other hand, is a strong proponent of gun control. Outside groups like billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and others are pouring millions of dollars into Arizona to help Kelly, who has spent little time on the campaign trail discussing his anti-2nd Amendment position.

Kelly’s wife, then-Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), survived an assassination attempt in Tucson, AZ. in January 2011. She and 20 other people were shot, including six fatally, in an event for constituents. Giffords was left with severe brain injuries but went on to make a remarkable recovery. After the shooting, she and Kelly founded the Americans for Responsible Solutions (later changing its name to “Giffords”) and campaigned for gun control.

Democrats are hoping that electing Kelly could torpedo President Trump’s nomination to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated after the death of Ruth B. Ginsberg.

The Citizens Clean Election Commission is sponsoring the 90-minute debate. 

VOTE: McSally for Senate

Mohave Sheriffs arrest four, confiscate 89 pounds of meth in Kingman

Sept. 18 — Four Georgia residents were arrested after Mohave County deputies confiscated almost 90 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Kingman on Sept. 17. The drugs have a street value of approximately $3.9 million, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said.

90 pounds of meth

Bundles of methamphetamine, totalling 89 pounds, with a street value of about $3.9 million, was confiscated after a traffic stop on Interstate 40 in Kingman on Thursday.


The Sheriff’s Office reported the seizure was the result of an interdiction law enforcement operation involving the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team (MAGNET) task force and others.

MAGNET detectives conducted a traffic stop at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 40 at approximately Milepost 57. During the traffic stop, an Arizona Department of Public Safety canine (K9) brought to the scene assisted with the stop. After the canine gave “a positive alert,” the vehicle was searched and numerous bundles totaling 89 pounds of methamphetamine was located hidden inside the vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Arrested and booked into the Mohave County Adult Detention Center on suspicion of transportation and possession of dangerous drugs for sale were four people, all Georgia residents: German Alvarado, 22, Marlon Torres, 24, Abril Arreguin, 28, and Moises Moralez-Marquez, 30. They were booked into the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility in Kingman.

Sources: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office; Mohave Valley Daily News

President Trump rallies in Yuma, Az

Aug. 18 — A bus-load and more of supporters from Mohave County greeted President Donald J. Trump on his campaign stop in Yuma, AZ on Aug. 18. The Mohave County Republican Party arranged for a bus to travel to Yuma from Lake Havasu City.

While in Yuma, he was briefed on border wall construction. At the same time, the Democrat National Convention (or the Blame-America party) was ongoing in Las Vegas, NV.

Arizona Representatives Paul Gosar and Debbie Lesko also joined the President during his trip to Yuma.

After visiting the border wall, Trump delivered remarks on Joe Biden’s failures on immigration and border security.

“The Biden plan would unleash a flood of illegal immigration like the world has never seen. It’s crazy,” the President said. “Biden’s plan is the most radical, extreme, reckless, dangerous and deadly immigration plan ever put forward by a major party candidate.”

During his speech, Trump also focused his attention on COVID-19, lowering taxes, and Biden’s new running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, considered the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate in 2019, according to Govtrack.us.

“She is not the right pick, but she was my number one draft pick,” Trump said. “They asked me that. What do you think I said? I’m very happy. They thought I was happy. They thought I was happy for him. No, I was happy for me.”

Govtrack.us, which says it is “one of the oldest government transparency websites in the world,” publishes the status of federal legislation, information about representatives and senators in Congress including voting records, and original research on legislation.

Sen. Harris earned another distinction: She was the 3rd most absent compared to all Senators. Harris missed 61.9% of votes (265 of 428 votes) in 2019., Govtrack.us said.

Here are some photos from President Trump’s Aug. 18 visit to Yuma. See who you know!

Displaying their masks in Yuma
Checking his phone
Waiting for Trump
Waiting for Trump (2)
Intro remarks
Waiting for the President
President Trump arrives on Air Force One
Candid photo of the President speaking in Yuma

CBP seizes narcotics worth $681K at Mid-Valley International Bridges in Texas

PHARR, Texas—Two persons were arrested Sept. 18 in connection with two failed drug smuggling attempts of alleged methamphetamine and marijuana in separate, unrelated incidents.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) made the busts at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility and at the Anzalduas International Bridge in Texas.

“These two seizures of narcotics in separate environments are indicative of drug-smuggling organizations’ persistence in bringing drugs across the border,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Our officers remain committed to the safety of our communities and seizures like these are the result.”

At left: Packages containing 486 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge, Texas.

On Sept. 16, 2020, a CBP officer assigned to the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge referred for further inspection a 23-year-old woman, a U.S. citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico who was driving a Chrysler Pacifica. Using non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment as part of the secondary examination, officers discovered 21 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 29 pounds (13.24 kg) concealed within the car. The drugs have a street value of $583,778.

Later that day at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility, a CBP officer referred a 63-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a tractor with an empty trailer for a secondary examination, which resulted in the discovery of 204 packages of alleged marijuana hidden within the trailer. The packages that weighed 486 pounds (220.5 kg) are valued at $97,222.

CBP OFO seized all the narcotics, the tractor/trailer and the car and arrested the man and woman. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) took them both into custody and continue with the investigations.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection. For more information about CBP, please click on the attached link.