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‘She terrorized my family’: Oregon Salon Owner Sues Governor for Coronavirus Shutdown

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An Oregon salon owner has sued Oregon Gov. Kate Brown for $100,000 over the state’s lockdown and for fining her $14,000 for defying the rules and reopening her business during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lindsey Graham, owner of Glamour Salon in Salem, filed a lawsuit on Dec 18 against the Democratic governor claiming that forcing her business to shut down violated her civil rights.

Graham joined “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News Monday to discuss the lawsuit.

Graham claimed that Brown “put her full weight” into ‘terrorizing’ her to close, going as far as sending Child Protective Services to her house to “intimidate” her.

“As soon as I tried to open my doors against the governor’s mandate back in May, she came at me with the full weight of the state,” Graham said in the interview. She terrorized myself, she terrorized my stylists and she terrorized my family.”

Graham continued, “She took every government agency she could and she put her full weight into intimidating me into closing, including sending Child Protection Services to my home and threatening the removal of my children.”

Less than three days after Graham publicly opened her salon, Child Protective Services came to her house.

“They opened a full blown case against me that was completely bogus and completely unwarranted. They didn’t close [the case] until I shot back at them with the threat of a lawsuit.”

In May, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health department (OSHA) threatened Graham with a $70,000 fine the day before she was planning on opening her salon, claiming that Graham’s business was a “hazard to the community and employees.”

Graham argued that OSHA did not have jurisdiction because she did not have any employees working for her. However, OSHA fined her $14,000.

“They are continuing to refuse to withdraw it despite the fact that they can not present any evidence that I am an employer, so unfortunately I do have to go to court for that citation,” Graham said.

While Graham has been fighting to keep her business open, Antifa has been running the streets of Oregon, smashing storefronts and looting businesses. The Oregon governor has turned a blind eye to the anti-fascist group, and has focused on keeping Oregon businesses on lockdown.

“Kate Brown, she picked her battle early and she’s running Oregon like a complete dictatorship,” Graham said. “You can watch the news and see what she has done to Oregon residents, it’s appalling. And clearly she believes she has the authority to do so, she came after me with everything she has.”

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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