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Burgess Owens defends new Georgia voter laws

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Rep. Burgess Owens, R-UT, defended Georgia’s new voter legislation against Democrats who claim the new laws are a return to the era of Jim Crow.

Owens gave a few examples of what were actual Jim Crow measures and explained how Georgia’s voter laws do not compare to the dividing and segregative measures that were known as Jim Crow laws on Thursday’s episode of “The Ingraham Angle.”

Ingraham began listing real Jim Crow laws that existed in the southern U.S. states from the post-Civil War era until around 1968:

  • No colored barber shall serve as as a barber to white women or girls.
  • All persons licensed to conduct a restaurant, shall serve either white people exclusively or colored people exclusively.
  • It shall be unlawful for a white person to marry anyone except a white person.

Owens shared that he, his dad and his grandfather all grew up in the Jim Crow south. “I was 16 years old when I finally had the chance to experience meeting white Americans,” Owens told Ingraham.

“I grew up in a community that was all segregated. A very proud community, by the way. And Laura let me say this, I’m sick and tired of the hard left and these black elitists putting my race down and putting the greatest generation that ever lived down,” Owens said.

“My dad’s generation and my grand dad’s generation loved our country. They were about meritocracy and proving that they are worthy of respect by commanding respect. So to hear that we are half this hopeless race? No, that’s marxism, that’s lies, that’s not my race or my parents I was raised with. I’m so thankful I grew up around the people I did in the 1960s.”

President Joe Biden called Georgia’s new voter legislation “Jim Crow on steroids” and said he would “strongly support” moving the MLB All-Star game out of the state.

“Look at what’s happened across the board. The very people who are victimized the most are the people who are the leaders in these various sports, and it’s just not right,” Biden said during an interview with ESPN on Wednesday. “This is Jim Crow on steroids, what they’re doing in Georgia and 40 other states.”

Ingraham fired back at Biden and reminded viewers what Jim Crow laws were actually like for baseball players in the south.

A Jim Crow law that was enacted in Georgia stated, “It shall be unlawful for any amateur colored baseball team to play baseball in any vacant lot or baseball diamond within two blocks of any playground devoted to the white race.”

The All-Star Game is set to occur on July 13 at the Atlanta Braves’ Truist Park.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Chris Christie’s Book is Total Flop, Both Politically and Economically

2,289; that’s how many copies of Chris Christie’s new book “Republican Rescue” were sold in its first week.

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2,289; that’s how many copies of Chris Christie’s new book “Republican Rescue” were sold in its first week. As Eric Boehlert states:

How Christie was able to sell so few books after lining up so much national media attention during his marketing roll-out – “This Week” and “The View,” “Fox & Friends,” along with Fox News, Fox Business, the Daily Show, HBO twice, and CNBC – represents an extraordinary disconnect.

“So, this thing is a disaster,” writes The Triad’s Jonathan V. Last who details the economic failure of the book:

Just to walk through the economics of this for you: Christie’s book was published by Simon & Schuster. I haven’t seen any reporting on the advance they gave him, but for the sake of argument, let’s call it $50k.1Then there’s the PR costs—a minimum of $10k. Making the books—PP&B—runs about $3 a unit. And depending on how many copies the publisher printed, they’re then going to have to spend money converting the unsold hardcovers to paperbacks. And then they’ll eventually have to pay to pulp the unsold paperbacks.

So all told, Simon & Schuster spent at least $70k in order to sell $58k worth of books—of which they, the publisher, only take home about 50 percent. (The other half goes to Amazon.) And the likely true cost to Simon & Schuster is probably closer to 10x that number since we’re being so conservative with our guesses.

Last notes that in his book, Christie never “never pays for his mistakes. He never admits that he was wrong. It’s always someone else’s screwup. Someone else who gets stuck with the check.” Last adds Christie should not be welcomed into the pro-democracy fold for the following reasons:

•    There’s no repentance from Christie, no admission of the part he played in getting America to this place.
•    There’s no acknowledgment from Christie that the side he’s leaving is playing with authoritarianism unique in the American experience.
•    Instead, Christie frames his break with Trump as trying to put the Republican party in a better position to win future elections. His pivot is not from pro-Trump to anti-Trump, but to anti-anti-Trump.
•    There is no reason to believe that Christie is sincere in this halfway-break he’s making. Even his current “better position to win” schtick may well be expedient—just another gambit to put himself over.
•    It seems certain that if Trump called Christie tomorrow and offered him the 2024 VP slot, Christie would do it in a New Jersey minute.

So yes, the pro-democracy movement needs every ally it can get, no matter how unsavory. But I’m not convinced that Chris Christie is an ally.

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