Over 100 vehicles rolled into Manhattan yesterday morning, halting traffic for at least 30 minutes as they drove by Trump Tower in a show of support for President Donald Trump as he recovers from the coronavirus.
The drivers blasted their horns and waved flags while chanting “four more years!”
The group also stopped for a moment of silence to pray for the president, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week.
— Danielle D'Souza Gill (@danielledsouzag) October 4, 2020
According to the New York Post, members of the group, “The Long Island Loud Majority” woke up around 4 a.m. yesterday to head to the city:
“I felt the love and energy today,” the 28-year-old Trump supporter from Farmingdale told The Post of the “prayer vigil” for POTUS and FLOTUS.
“Today the energy was electric. It was amazing — no chaos, no [middle] fingers, no drama, just supporting our president and our [men and women in] blue,” she said.
Hahnan said being at Trump Tower felt “sentimental” because “we were praying for him.”
“I’m praying for every single person in this world … including President Trump, the first lady and the whole administration,” she said.
“I pray that my country comes together because we are divided right now. We should be standing together praying for our president and our first lady. He is still a human being. He is 74 years old,” she said, noting how his age put him in the high-risk group for the disease.
Supporters have also been gathering outside of Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where President Trump is currently recovering from his diagnosis. The president has sent those supporters chocolates, pizza, and even did a drive-by yesterday to thank them for their support.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said the president’s health continued to improve overnight and that he is “optimistic” President Trump will return to the White House later today.
“Spoke to the president this morning,” Meadows said. “He continued to improve overnight and is ready to get back to a normal working schedule.”
Bye-Bye Biker: Cyclist Quinn Simmons suspended for pro-Trump Tweets
“Divisive, incendiary, and detrimental”
An up-and-coming American cyclist has been suspended from his racing team for supporting President Trump on Twitter.
Quinn Simmons, 19, was temporarily taken off the team by the Trek-Segafredo team after getting involved in an online exchange with a Dutch journalist Wednesday.
Simmons, who joined the World Tour team this year after winning the junior road world championship last year, responded to an anti-Trump tweet by cycling journalist Jose Been:
“My dear American friends, I hope this horrible presidency ends for you,” Been posted. “And for us as (former?) allies too. If you follow me and support Trump, you can go. There is zero excuse to follow or vote for the vile, horrible man.”
Simmons fired back.
The cyclist tweeted “Bye” with an emoji of a dark-skinned waving hand, according to ABC News, via the New York Post.
When another user replied, “Apparently a Trumper,” Simmons tweeted back in support of the president.
The team announced Wednesday via Twitter that it had suspended Simmons.
“Trek-Segafredo is an organization that values inclusivity and supports more diverse and equitable sports for all athletes. While we support the right to free speech, we will hold people accountable for their words and actions. Regrettably, team rider Quinn Simmons made statements online that we feel are divisive, incendiary, and detrimental to the team, professional cycling, its fans and the positive future we hope to help create for the sport. In response, he will not be racing for Trek-Segafredo until further notice.”
Statement from Trek-Segafredo and Quinn Simmons. pic.twitter.com/WvtK9htYWN
— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) October 1, 2020
But, this move by the team doesn’t seem like supporting the right to free speech…merely the opposite.
Been deleted his original post and said he felt “horrible about the situation and terrible for @QuinnSimmons9 to miss his beloved classics.”
“To suspend him would never be my choice,” Been added, according to the New York Post.
Been’s account has since been deleted.
Dem Policies Put Lowest Number Of Cops On Streets In Years, Crime Rises 166%
Dem Policies Put Lowest Number Of Cops On Streets In Years
Democratic leadership has been hostile towards police and law enforcement, and the very unfortunate reality is that it is getting their constituents killed. “New York City saw another huge increase in gun crimes last month as the NYPD’s chief of crime control strategies says the agency is coping with the lowest number of cops on the streets in six years,” reports CBS News.
Numbers don’t lie and these are screaming alarm of high murder rates. “The city saw a 166% increase in shooting incidents in August – 242 compared to 91 in August 2019…In addition, murders are up 47% for the month, with 53 this year versus 36 in August 2019” CBS New York reports. “There is too much killing,” said one Brooklyn resident. “I’m tired of it. Every night there’s guns shooting.”
Even Democrats should be able to follow simple math leading to the devastating consequences. “The increase comes as the NYPD has seen a dramatic drop in manpower due to a combination of $1 billion in defund-the-police budget cuts, no overtime, no new police class, and a dramatic increase in the number of police officers retiring” cites CBS.
Michael LiPetri, the NYPD’s chief of crime control strategies, explained the numerical details. “We have calculated that approximately 2,000 to 3,000, maybe even 4,000 fewer officers are out on the streets for any given week” said LiPetri. In areas where crime has dramatically increased has greatly suffered from the lack of police presence. “That’s where the overtime was going last summer. The overtime was going to the most violent commands in New York City” said LiPetri.
Are Cuomo and de Blasio concerned by the consequences of their legislation? No. As a matter of fact, Mayor Bill de Blasio “is putting his faith in community violence interrupters, known as Cure Violence groups” over police forces. “We’ve seen stunning success in the past. We know it will take root here again. But everyone is still trying to come back from massive disruption. We’re not going to see an overnight turnaround” de Blasio said.
However, even the Cure Violence group says of the fighting crime task, “it’s something that we can’t take personal responsibility, which is an entire precinct’s stats. Our work is concentrated in very small target areas” said group member A.T. Mitchell. In essence, de Blasio is saying to those whose neighborhoods are riddled with bullets, “deal with it.”