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Chicago announces COVID lockdown advisory, as Dems push for similar measures across the country

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a new 30-day stay-at-home advisory she believes will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 cases as a resurgence of the virus is happening in Illinois, as well as other states. The ‘stay at home’ advisory is expected to begin on Monday, she said on Thursday.

Still, the hypocrisy of Lightfoot and other Democrats is astounding.

It’s almost a daily event in Chicago and little is done to help mitigate the spread of gang violence in a city overwhelmed by tragedy. It’s not

According to the FBI crime report, there have been 335 murders reported in Chicago from January to June 2020, a huge increase from the 244 murders tallied during that time period a year ago. Arson in Chicago is up even more: a 52.9% increase from 2019. These numbers have also increased significantly in the past several months as we head into the final month of the year.

Lightfoot, a Democrat, is emboldened by the media’s President Elect Joe Biden, who is making a lockdown part of his first priority as President in January, he announced. At a news conference Thursday afternoon she said the city would also be imposing other restrictions on gatherings and public activities.

She said she “calls on all Chicagoans to follow clear measures to protect their community and help us flatten the curve.”

Democrats talk about flattening the curve of COVID-19 but in comparison are eerily silent on violence in their cities. For instance, just look at Lightfoot’s city of Chicago, where children are often caught in the crossfire of gangland style killings. Those crimes waves have increased and the residents are left to pick up the pieces.

She noted Thursday that “Chicago has reached a critical point in the second surge of COVID-19, demanding that we undertake this multi-faceted and comprehensive effort to stop the virus in its tracks.”

I say OK, I don’t want to see the virus resurge to critical levels but put the same passion in taking care of the people of Chicago and protecting innocent children from the gangs that have taken control of certain areas of Lightfoot’s city.

I’m actually more concerned about the moral decay, lack of hope and failure of Chicago’s politicians to actually do something for the people of their city.

These lockdowns will do nothing more than increase poverty, despair and hopelessness. Remember at the beginning of the year, when the medical experts got Americans to buy into the 15 days to flatten the curve, which eventually turned into months and economic disparity.

Many people lost their businesses and moreover, Americans lost their rights. Also, ask yourself this question: Doesn’t Pfizer have a vaccine ready to distribute that they allege is 90 percent effective based on phase three of the trials?

If that’s so why are so many Democrats, including Biden pushing for lockdowns? They didn’t bother saying anything about the celebrations in the streets after the election? Didn’t bother pointing out the dangers of spreading the violence when riots and protests swept the streets of America this summer?

These Democrats, in fact, have politicized this epidemic as a means of targeting President Donald Trump. They have done so with a vengeance and at the expense of the American people.

I worry we’re just at the beginning of this new experiment in socialized Democracy and the use of fear over COVID-19 – combined with the help of a complicit media – is the weapon they will use to quickly erode our freedom.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Parler @SaraCarterOfficial or on Twitter @SaraCarterDC

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Cuomo says he’ll ‘fully cooperate’ with NY AG’s review of sexual harassment claims

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Wednesday that he will “fully cooperate” with the state attorney general’s independent review into sexual harassment allegations made against the currently scandal-ridden governor, saying, “I fully support a woman’s right to come forward.”

Last Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan, who served in his administration for over three years, accused Cuomo of suggesting to her on a 2017 flight that they play strip poker, inappropriate touching, and kissing her on the lips without her consent.

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Following Boylan’s accusations, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett alleged the governor indicated interest in having an affair with her while she was serving in his administration as a health policy adviser. In a Saturday New York Times report, Bennett told the newspaper that Cuomo asked her if she had “ever been with an older man,” adding that “age doesn’t matter” in relationships.

At Wednesday’s press briefing, the Empire State governor addressed the accusations leveled against him over the past seven days by three women and New York Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) independent review into those claims, which she announced on Monday was formally proceeding.

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“As you probably know, the attorney general is doing an independent review, and I will fully cooperate with that review,” Cuomo said at the beginning of his statement. “Now, the lawyers say I shouldn’t say anything when you have a pending review until that review is over. I understand that, I’m a lawyer, too. But, I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this.”

“First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward,” the governor began. “And I think it should be encouraged in every way. I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly I am embarrassed by it, and that’s not easy to say. But that’s the truth.”

This echoes what Cuomo said in a Sunday statement about the allegations, in which he stated he “may have been insensitive” during his tenure but charged his accusers of misinterpreting his actions, saying, “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation… I am truly sorry about that.”

RELATED: Cuomo responds to sexual harassment claims, saying he ‘may have been insensitive’

During his Wednesday remarks, Cuomo iterated “I never touched anyone inappropriately,” repeated that sentence, then said “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable” and repeated that one too.

“And I certainly never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. That is the last thing I would ever want to do,” he continued. “I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts from the attorney general’s report before forming an opinion. Get the facts, please, before forming an opinion.”

“I also want you to know that I have learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation for me as well as other people, and I’ve learned an important lesson,” the governor said at the end of his statement. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone, I never intended it, and I will be the better for this experience.”

Amid Boylan and Bennett’s allegations, another report of Cuomo sexually harassing a woman has cropped up. On Monday, a woman named Anna Ruch accused the governor of placing his hands on her cheeks—without her consent—at a 2019 wedding reception and asking if he could kiss her. A photograph of the two together at the event has also been circulating on social media.

RELATED: ‘Eat the whole sausage: Gov. Cuomo in hot water for resurfaced video

Asked at Wednesday’s briefing about the pictures that have resurfaced of him being touchy with people, particularly that of him and Ruch, the governor claimed that it is his way of greeting people.

“I understand the opinion of—and feelings of—Ms. Ruch,” Cuomo said. “You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people—women, children, men, etc. You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people. […] It is my usual and customary way of greeting.”

Moreover, the governor said that his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, would do the same thing.

“By the way, it was my father’s way of greeting people,” Cuomo said, explaining, “You’re the governor of the state, you want people to feel comfortable, you want to reach out to them.”

He also mentioned that he kisses and hugs legislators and noted that at an event in Queens the other day he hugged pastors and state assembly members.

Furthermore, the governor said that his intent “doesn’t matter,” saying, “What it matters is if anybody was offended by it.”

“But if they were offended by it, then it was wrong,” he added, going on to say that if they were offended or hurt by it, he apologizes.

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You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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