Here are some of the top stories making headlines in conservative politics today:
$250K fine in NYC if you call someone an illegal alien; Pompeo says Democrats trying to “intimidate, bully” State Department officials in impeachment probe; Democrats demanding Trump phone calls with other foreign leaders; Trump’s touching moment with disabled Afghanistan hero.
Dem Madness: $250K fine in NYC if you call someone an illegal alien
The Democratic leadership of New York City has now announced via the city’s Commission on Human Rights that individuals may be fined up to $250,000 if they use the term “illegal alien” in a derogatory way.
If you threaten to call immigration officials (ICE) on someone or tell them to “go back to your country” it can be viewed as a hate crime. The term “illegal alien” among others used with the intent to demean, humiliate or harass a person is considered illegal under the law.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted in favor of the new legislation: “If you want to come into the ultimate city of immigrants and try to spread hate, you WILL face the consequences.”
Pompeo accuses Democratic chairs of trying to “intimidate, bully” State Department officials in impeachment probe
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed a letter to the House foreign affairs committee chairman, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., accusing the Democratic chairs of three house committees of trying to “intimidate, bully, and treat them properly” five State Department officials that have been called for depositions.
“I will not tolerate such tactics, and I will use all means at my disposal to prevent and expose any attempts to intimidate the dedicated professionals whom I am proud to lead and serve alongside at the Department of State,” Pompeo wrote in the letter.
Secretary Pompeo went on to allege that the depositions in the impeachment probe were potentially in violation of executive privilege, accused committee staff of not following protocol, and appeared to say the deposed officials will not show up.
“The committee has not issued any subpoenas for depositions, and we are not aware of any other authority by which the committee could compel appearance at a deposition,” Pompeo wrote.
Democrats demanding White House release additional phone calls with other foreign leaders
Congressional Democrats are demanding that President Donald Trump release additional transcripts of his phone calls with foreign leaders as they move forward in their impeachment probe.
Democratic presidential hopefuls Sanders and Harris are joining House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) who is determined to acquire more of phone calls Trump has had with other world leaders, intimating that the president was jeopardizing national security.
“If those conversations with Putin or with other world leaders are sequestered in that same electronic file that is meant for covert action, not mean for this, if there’s an effort to hide those and cover those up, yes we’re determined to find out,” Schiff said.
Touching moment: Trump hugs disabled Afghanistan hero who sang God bless America
How about some positive, feel-good news about President Donald Trump for a change?
President Trump embraced a wheelchair-bound Afghanistan veteran, US Army Captain Luis Avila, who sang “God bless America” at a tribute ceremony to both the incoming and outgoing chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Trump gave Ávila a thumbs-up, and when he finished singing, Trump gave a bear hug to both he and his wife. Avila was disabled after being wounded by an IED in Afghanistan in 2011. As a result, Avila suffered two strokes, two heart attacks, his left leg was amputated. His injuries have left him almost completely paralyzed.