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Candace Owens Team Paid for Attendees to Travel to White House Event

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Black conservative activist Candace Owens. (Image via Facebook)
Black conservative activist Candace Owens. (Image via Facebook)

A recent White House event can credit a good portion of its audience to Black conservative activist Candace Owens. She led a group of visitors to attend Trump’s event at the White House. Owens’s group dubbed “BLEXIT,” reportedly paid for the travel and lodging of some visitors.

What We Know:

  • The name BLEXIT is a moniker meaning “Black Exit”. It is a new movement aimed towards Black voters in an effort to guide them should they leave the Democratic Party to become Republicans. The event on Saturday was the first to feature President Donald Trump after his COVID-19 diagnosis, which even landed him in the hospital for a few days. Mask usage and social distancing were not visibly enforced throughout.

“EVERYONE MUST BRING A MASK TO BE ALLOWED ENTRY ONTO THE WHITE HOUSE GROUNDS,” Owen’s campaign’s stated in a private email. “Absolutely no exceptions.”

  • Despite the imposed requirement in the email, mask-wearing not one of the main requirements for entry to the event. It was said that attendees did, however, need to submit themselves to a mandatory COVID-19 screening prior to the event in the morning. This screening consisted of a temperature check and a very brief questionnaire.
  • Many of the supporters that were in attendance at the South Lawn that day had also attended a prescheduled BLEXIT event by the name of “BLEXIT Back the Blue” in support of the country’s police officers. It was at the end of that gathering that the group then headed over to Trump’s larger outdoor rally.
  • The BLEXIT campaign claims it used some of its funds to help guests that couldn’t afford to attend to go to the event. It is unknown how much money was used. This has led many people to believe that Owens and her sympathizers are merely being used as puppets to help boost Trump’s image with the African American community.

  • Candace Owens made an Instagram post this past week, before Saturday’s event, that detailed her boredom with the way politics are being displayed at the moment. In the caption, she also promoted what she named a fake BLM narrative among liberals and were giving away “travel stipends” to people who wished to attend.
  • Saturday marked nine days since Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, yet he still held a public rally on the White House lawn above a crowd filled with BLEXIT shirts and MAGA hats. In one of his addresses to the audience, he did condemn White suburbanites who don’t support the BLM movement.

As far as polling is concerned, Trump is having a very hard time having any support among registered Black voters. His Democratic rival Joe Biden has an impressive 88% to 9% lead against the current incumbent, according to an ABC/Washington Post poll late last month.

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Javier Garay is Media & News SVCS Intern at UnmutedCo. He is currently enrolled in the University of North Georgia seeking a bachelor's degree in Film/Digital Media with a concentration in Media Studies. Javier writes for Black News Alerts (BNA) along with social media management for both BNA and BossFM, and is a part of the BNA Daily Podcast Team.

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India and US Sign Defense Agreement Following Standoff With China

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark Esper with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. (Adnan Abidi/ AP)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark Esper with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. (Adnan Abidi/ AP)

The United States and India have rejuvenated their defensive and security relationship. This comes at a time where Washington is seeking out allies in Asia due to China’s increasing military presence in the region, much of which has caused tensions this year, especially near the China-India border.

What We Know:

  • A press conference took place at the Indian capital on Tuesday announcing the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), where US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Minister of Defense of India Rajnath Singh were present.

“The defense ties between our two nations remain a key pillar of our overall bilateral relationship,” stated Esper. “Based on our shared values and common interests, we stand shoulder to shoulder in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific for all, particularly in light of increasing aggression and destabilizing activities by China.”

  • Singh noted that BECA will expand upon both country’s ongoing commitment to achieve a solid standing of law, order, and freedom across international seas, while at the same time “upholding the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states”.
  • The U.S and India are set to perform Malabar naval exercises in the Indian Ocean next month, along with other members of the “Quad,” an informal alliance of the US, India, Japan, and Australia. The Quad, which has been seen as a potential “Asian NATO,” was formed to counter the Chinese military growth on the continent.
  • The Quad held a meeting earlier this month in Tokyo where Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hammered on the “Chinese Communist Party’s coverup” of the severity of COVID-19. He said, “it is more critical now than ever that we collaborate to protect our people and partners from the CCP’s exploitation, corruption, and coercion.”
  • With the signing of the BECA agreement, it will allow both the U.S and India to broaden the amount of cooperation in regards to intelligence and defense measures. For example, giving New Delhi access to US geo-spatial intelligence which would help the accuracy of Indian weapons systems.

A dicey situation occurred last month between India and China when they accused the other of trespassing borders once again near the Line of Actual Control (LAC). At first, attempts at smoothening out the tensions failed, but both sides agreed to stop sending more troops into the region around the end of September.

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Protestors Clash with Police in Philly, Local Black Man Killed

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Police charge at a crowd along 52nd Street in West Philadelphia in the early hours of Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Police charge at a crowd along 52nd Street in West Philadelphia in the early hours of Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

The Philadelphia police precinct went under fire on Monday night hours after police shot and killed a local Black man. The victim was revealed to be 27-year old Walter Wallace Jr. A video of the incident went viral and occurred Monday afternoon when Police received a call about a man with a knife.

What We Know:

  • Sergeant Eric Gripp, a Philadelphia police spokesman, stated that “responding officers witnessed a male on the block. Immediately they noticed he had a knife in his possession and he was brandishing it and waiving it erratically.”
  • Police allegedly ordered Wallace to surrender his weapons and come forward slowly. Wallace’s mother later attempts to intervene by grabbing her son. The moment he broke away and headed straight towards police, they opened fire. The result was considerable injuries in the shoulder and chest areas and the victim later passed away at a nearby hospital because of them.
  • The outcry of yet another mishandled police incident involving a man of color has sparked new and ongoing protests. An officer was struck by a pickup truck early Tuesday. A 56-year-old female officer was later taken to a hospital with a broken leg and other injuries, according to Gripp.

  • Police reported about 29 officers that have been hospitalized at this point due to being struck by projectiles such as bricks and rocks. They also stated that they have made around 30 arrests and have had reports of looting and vandalism throughout the city, including law enforcement vehicles.
  • In response to the recent unrest, the White House has said they would be ready to give federal assistance, according to White House communications director Alyssa Farah. “We’re monitoring the situation closely. If necessary, we’ll be standing by and prepared to deploy federal resources, if necessary,” Farah said on Tuesday.
  • Walter Wallace Sr., the victim’s father, questioned why officers used deadly force. “Why didn’t they use a Taser?” he asked. “His mother was trying to defuse the situation.” Wallace Sr. made it clear that his son has known mental health issues and had medication for it. “Why you have to gun him down?”

The identities of the officers involved have not been revealed as of late and they were also taken off duty amid a future investigation into the matter. “I have watched the video of this tragic incident and it presents difficult questions that must be answered. I spoke tonight with Mr. Wallace’s family and will continue to reach out to hear their concerns first-hand,” said Mayor Jim Kenney in a statement.

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Senate Set to Confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court on Monday

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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett arrives Wednesday for the third day of her confirmation hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett arrives Wednesday for the third day of her confirmation hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

After only 30 days since Trump announced he was nominating Amy Coney Barrett for the seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18, a Republican-controlled Senate is ready to confirm her as a Supreme Court justice.

What We Know:

  • The final vote occurred on Monday, October 26th at 7:30 pm EST. The final Senate vote was 52-48 in favor of confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and a ceremony did end up taking place at the White House ceremony following the vote where Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the constitutional oath to Coney Barrett.
  • President Trump spoke at the event, thanking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and calling today a “momentous day” for America, the constitution and the rule of law. He also praised Barrett’s intellect and poise during the confirmation process. Several Republican senators were also in attendance. Barrett must still take the judicial oath.
  • The significance of her confirmation now could be that Barrett could quickly be able to help decide applications from states for the court to settle disputes about voting methods, but she should not be able to give a vote on currently ongoing cases.
  • Moreover, the court has already made decisions regarding how to address several election-related disputes such as the previously blocked curbside voting in Alabama and imposed witness requirements in South Carolina. Her confirmation is a solid victory for Trump and a predominantly Republican Senate whose campaigning efforts have achieved a conservative majority on the court.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has said, “We made an important contribution to the future of this country. A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election. They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come.”

  • Prior to the vote, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski changed opinions over the weekend and stated she would vote in favor of Barrett even though she previously opposed swearing-in a new justice before Election Day. On the other hand, Republican Sen. Susan Collins, another Senate Republican running for re-election, made it clear she would vote against Barrett.

Democrats have signaled that in the wake of Barrett’s confirmation, several major changes could occur such as the end of the Affordable Care Act. It’s been reported that the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments over the health care law in November. Another fear is that she would vote for overturning Roe v. Wade, a landmark decision that made abortion legal.

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