Texas makes bold move, Trump slams McCarthy, and more news headlines….
Today is June 20. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room.
1 – Texas GOP adopts measure declaring Biden ‘was not legitimately elected’
The Hill reports: The Texas Republican Party adopted a new platform declaring that the 2020 election violated the Constitution and President Biden “was not legitimately elected.”
The Texas GOP adopted the 40-page platform at its biennial convention in Houston, which concluded this weekend.
“We reject the certified results of the 2020 presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States,” the platform reads.
James Wesolek, the Texas GOP’s communications director, told The Hill that the resolution passed by voice vote.
“We strongly urge all Republicans to work to ensure election integrity and to show up to vote in November of 2022, bring your friends and family, volunteer for your local Republicans and overwhelm any possible fraud,” the platform states.
MY TAKE: This will certainly send Democrats into spasms!
2 – Trump corrects record, says he hasn’t endorsed McCarthy for speaker
The Washington Examiner reports: Former President Donald Trump made it clear that he has not endorsed anyone, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), for speaker of the House.
Toward the end of a recent interview, Trump interjected to correct conservative talk show host Wayne Allyn Root after he said Trump endorsed McCarthy for speaker. “No, I haven’t,” Trump said. “No, no, no. I haven’t,” he added through some cross-talk. “No, I endorsed him in his race. But I haven’t endorsed anybody for speaker.”
Indeed, Trump endorsed McCarthy in his reelection bid in California’s 20th Congressional District just two weeks ago. He made no mention of the House speaker role but did call McCarthy a “strong and fearless Leader of the House Republican Conference.”
Trump also harshly criticized McCarthy for pulling out of the January 6 Committee:
MY TAKE: Looks like this could get really interesting….
3 – 1800 Migrants apprehended in one border sector in single day
Breitbart reports: Officials report that Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 1,800 migrants in a 48-hour period ending Saturday afternoon. The apprehensions made the sector the busiest in the nation on that day.
Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens tweeted photos of agents apprehending large groups of migrants on Saturday, June 18. At the time he tweeted, Del Rio agents had apprehended 1,780 migrants — many in large migrant groups of up to 400.
Human smugglers utilize large groups of migrants to tie up Border Patrol agents and resources in a given area. While large groups are defined as 100 or more migrants crossing in a single incident, Del Rio Sector agents are seeing groups as large as 400 illegally crossing from Mexico into Texas.
From Midnight until about 8 p.m. on Saturday, Del Rio Sector agents apprehended more than 1,100 migrants making it the single busiest sector for that day.
One of the groups, apprehended near Normandy, Texas, approached 500 migrants in size.
MY TAKE: Meet your new neighbors, folks. Courtesy of Joe Biden.
4 – Jennifer Lopez introduces her 14-year-old using gender-neutral pronouns
Fox News reports: Jennifer Lopez introduced her child, Emme Maribel Muñiz, 14, to the stage, using gender-neutral pronouns at the LA Dodgers Foundation Blue Diamond Gala on Thursday night in Los Angeles.
“The last time we performed together was in a big stadium like this, and I ask them to sing with me all the time, and they won’t,” Lopez told the crowd. “So this is a very special occasion. They are very, very busy. Booked. And pricey.”
She added: “They cost me when they come out. But they’re worth every single penny because they’re my favorite duet partner of all time. So if you will indulge me.”
Jennifer and Emme performed a version of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years,” with Emme carrying a sparkling rainbow microphone while wearing a hot pink blouse with matching shorts.
MY TAKE: This is so messed up… A far cry from two years ago:
5 – World swimming body restricts transgender athletes from women’s events
The Washington Examiner reports: Swimming’s world governing body, FINA, voted on Sunday to restrict transgender athletes’ participation in elite women’s competitions.
Transgender athletes must have completed their transition by the age of 12 in order to qualify to compete in women’s events under the new policy that will go into place on Monday, as reported by BBC.
“FINA’s approach in drafting this policy was comprehensive, science-based and inclusive, and, importantly, FINA’s approach emphasized competitive fairness,” Brent Nowicki, the governing body’s executive director, told BBC.
The new policy, which was approved by 71% of FINA’s national federation members, aims to establish an “open” category for transgender athletes to compete in.
MY TAKE: FINALLY! Common sense prevails!!