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Mayor Bowser silent over D.C. weekend violence



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Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has been completely silent over a violent weekend in the capital city. The violence began Saturday evening after thousands of Trump supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, demanding that allegations of voter fraud this election be investigated fully. Most of the agitators appeared to be members of anti-fascist and Black Lives Matter groups that advanced on city streets as the sun went down Saturday.

Prior to the march, on Friday, Bowser tweeted from her official account that “Washington, DC is a city that proudly upholds the values of love, inclusivity, and diversity.”

She added that “we will always support each other against any forces of ignorance and bigotry that seek to divide us. Regardless of who comes into our community, this weekend and every weekend, Washingtonians will be #UnitedtoLove.”

Mayor Bowser also retweeted a tweet Friday from her personal public account that read, “Police remind protestors coming to DC this weekend you can not open carry a gun anywhere in Washington DC and even if you have a concealed carry permit FOR DC you still can not carry around the demonstrations area.”

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However, Mayor Bowser has yet to make any official statements after the violence ensued and hasn’t responded to this reporter’s multiple requests for comment. She did not comment on the anti-fascist groups, nor those claiming to be BLM that targeted Trump supporters in her city.

The group of Trump supporters, dubbed the ‘Million MAGA March’, appeared to be peacefully expressing their first amendment rights, according to Sara A. Carter, who spent most of Saturday afternoon reporting the event on social media.

“For the most part, people were frustrated and demanded that the allegations that the election was rigged be investigated,” she said. “After four years of watching the leftist socialists, Democrats, Rhinos and media target President Trump they felt it was their obligation to come and support him at this time.They did so peacefully and it wasn’t until groups that associated themselves with Antifa, BLM and others started targeting Trump supporters did the situation turn for the worst.” 

As the sun went down, counterprotesters took to the streets, including antifascist groups and Black Lives Matter activists. Several reporters were on the scene and documented the violent attacks, most of them appeared to be targeting visible Trump supporters.

Carter added, “I had already left by that time because I was with my family but I thought it was important that I be with some of the 73 million people that supported the president – the most ever that voted for a Republican Party candidate. That says a lot and it was clear that the American people who voted for him were not going to accept these results without a fight.” 

Here are some videos of the violent exchanges that occurred Saturday night:

This story will be updated if and when Mayor Bowser responds to our request for comment.

You can follow Jennie S. Taer on Twitter @JennieSTaer

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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’



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Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”

“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.

The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.

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