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Congresswoman Carjacked At Gunpoint After Event In Philadelphia

Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) was carjacked at gunpoint on Wednesday as she returned to her vehicle after an event in a Philadelphia park.

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Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) was carjacked at gunpoint on Wednesday as she returned to her vehicle after an event in a Philadelphia park.

The congresswoman was “physically unharmed,” according to a statement from her spokesperson.

“She thanks the Philadelphia Police Department for their swift response, and appreciates the efforts of both the Sergeant at Arms in D.C. and her local police department for coordinating with Philly PD to ensure her continued safety,” the statement said.

 

According to WPVI, “Scanlon was walking to her parked vehicle and was approached by two men driving a dark-colored SUV.”

“Both men, who were armed, demanded the keys to her vehicle, police say,” WPVI continued. “They took off with her blue 2017 Acura MDX with license plate LKG-8893.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney released a statement saying he was “appalled” by the crime.

“I’m appalled to learn of this violent crime that was perpetrated against my friend and colleague, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon,” Kenney wrote on Twitter. “My thoughts are with her during what I’m sure is a traumatic time.”

“Everyone deserves to feel safe in our city, and sadly that hasn’t always been the case this year,” Kenney added. “It’s disheartening and infuriating that criminals feel emboldened to commit such a reckless crime in the middle of the day in what should be a place of peace — one of our city’s parks.”

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  1. Chaz

    December 23, 2021 at 8:28 am

    It’s exactly what our government in power has taught and sanctioned. And it rings across the country. Not just politicians being victims but citizens everywhere. It’s so disgusting. It started with Obama and has been on a roll with every democrat politician elected to office. Glorify criminals and this is what it will get you.

    • MichaelJT

      December 25, 2021 at 10:54 am

      Very well said!

  2. Fucough

    December 23, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Hahahahahahahahahaha!! Wait….

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  3. Michael

    December 24, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Ask the Governor why he didn’t pass Constitutional Carry ? I forgot banning guns works, lol. These criminals could be stopped. And not by promoting their behavior. I bet she was in a gun free zone. How did that work out for ya Congress woman ? Democrats & Philly are a shining example as to what not to do. lol

  4. Garry T

    December 24, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    You deserve to be apart of what you voted for. Defund the Police, W E L C O M E to the victimhood you created. One last word….. K A R M A!

  5. Al Johnson

    December 25, 2021 at 12:48 am

    What happened to the part where she is an advocate of defunding the police? Did the perps get caught by the Deleware state police because Philly doesn’t have enough cops anymore, no thanks to her?

  6. John HIte

    December 25, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    According to Fox, her defund-the-police bill calls for mental health workers to be sent out instead of police. That is who they should have sent, a psychiatrist.

  7. deborah burow

    December 25, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    What would you expect? It is the message of lawlessness preached in every liberal state in America.

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump appointee explains an ‘America First Strategy’ in the ME

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The author interviewed Ellie Cohanim, one of the authors of the new book: “An America First Approach to US National Security.” Ellie is the former U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism under the Trump administration. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum focusing on Iran, Israel, and global antisemitism, and is a national security contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network. In 2021, Ellie launched and hosted for Jewish News Syndicate 30 plus episodes of the show “Global Perspectives with Ellie Cohanim.” Ellie spent 15 years in media and NGO management before serving in the public sector. How would you define an “America First” strategy in the Middle East?

Cohanim: An America First strategy in the Middle East would seek to advance American national security interests in that region, while maintaining our status as THE global superpower. To do that, the US would ensure that our principal allies in the region, countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel, are economically and militarily strong, and that our adversaries in the region are deterred.

Postal: How has the United States’ standing in the Middle East differed between the Trump and Biden administrations?

Cohanim: Under President Trump, for four years we had peace, stability and prosperity in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Under President Biden, in just three tumultuous years there has been war in the region, which holds the potential for becoming a regional conflict and even a nuclear confrontation. Meanwhile, the US’ status in the region and the world has diminished due to Biden’s disastrous mishandling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, his emboldening of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his weak response to Iranian attacks on our personnel and assets in the region. 

 

Postal: Do you think the United States and Israel are/were in a stronger position to deter Iran’s nuclear and territorial ambitions in Biden or Trump’s administration?

Cohanim: America’s position of strength has not changed under either administration vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran. What has changed is our Iran policy. Under President Trump’s administration, the US contained and constrained Tehran. Trump applied a “Maximum Pressure” sanctions campaign which left the Iranian Regime with only $4 billion in accessible foreign currency reserves by the end of his term, giving the Iranians less cash and less ability to fund their terror proxies and their nuclear program, and Trump eliminated Qassem Soleimani. While all President Biden needed to do was to continue implementing such successful policies, his administration instead did the exact opposite.  Under the Biden administration, Israel, our leading ally in the region, was attacked for the first time directly from Iranian soil. This was an unprecedented escalatory attack by the Iranian regime, and could only happen under the Biden administration.

Postal: In your chapter of the book, you discuss the weakening of US relations with Israel and Saudi Arabia under the Biden administration. How has the Biden administration affected the likelihood of future normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and deals between Israel and other Muslim countries (i.e., new Abraham Accords)?

Cohanim: The good news is that the Abraham Accords have withstood the test of multiple Hamas provocations against Israel, and now the current war. Despite numerous claims from the Biden administration regarding “successful” efforts to normalize ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel, I do not think that the Biden administration will be able to clinch such a deal. In the Middle East, people have a long memory. Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has not forgotten President Biden’s snub when he first came into office, and Biden’s incredibly poorly advised behavior towards the Crown Prince when he made his first visit to the Kingdom as president. The last thing the Crown Prince wants is to hand Biden his first foreign policy success with a Rose Garden peace deal ceremony. So, I do not believe President Biden can broker Saudi/Israeli normalization.

However, I am also convinced that it is a matter of “when” and not “if” such a peace deal will happen between those two countries, as it serves both of their interests to make such a deal. The Saudis understand better than anyone that it is the Islamic Republic of Iran that threatens the Kingdom’s security and stability, not Israel.

Postal: What do you think of the Biden administration’s latest statements withholding arms to Israel?

Cohanim: President Biden will go down in history for his abject moral failure in not standing by Israel while she fights a five-front war. Biden has shown his despicable personality for trying to keep his anti-Israel arms embargo concealed until he could first deliver a speech on the Holocaust. Biden’s behavior is despicable on so many levels.

Ultimately, Biden is betraying the American people. He came into office presenting himself as a “centrist Democrat,” but has proven repeatedly to be beholden to the radical, extremist, pro-Hamas wing of his party.

Postal: How does the Biden administration’s support of a Palestinian state differ from the Trump administration’s support of a Palestinian state under its Peace to Prosperity framework?

Cohanim: The Biden administration stated that they will “unilaterally recognize” a Palestinian state. What the borders of that state are and who would lead it, nobody knows. 

The Trump administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” was a detailed plan that was premised on the realities on the ground in Israel. The plan required that the Palestinians reach benchmarks proving a real desire to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors. It included over $50 billion in investment in the region, which would have been a road to prosperity for all. Perhaps most significantly, the Palestinian state envisioned under the Trump plan would have been demilitarized, the wisdom of which could not be more clear following the October 7 massacre and attack.

The author would like to thank Ellie Cohanim for participating in this interview.

 

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