Democratic leaders are fuming that no one in the Democratic leadership, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (NY), were informed of the al-Baghdadi raid by the Trump administration in order to prevent leaks and protect the lives of US Special Forces.
President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he had notified some lawmakers in Congress before the raid, but withheld the information from Pelosi to prevent it from leaking to the public before the operation took place.
After the reports of the raid became public, Pelosi issued a statement.
“The House must be briefed on this raid, which the Russians but not top Congressional Leadership were notified of in advance, and on the Administration’s overall strategy in the region,” Pelosi said in a statement. “Our military and allies deserve strong, smart and strategic leadership from Washington.”
“We notified some. Others are being notified now as I speak,” Trump said at the White House. “We were going to notify them last night, but we decided not to do that because Washington leaks like I’ve never seen before.” However, Trump did take a moment to go on Twitter to proclaim that “Something very big just happened!”
“I wanted to make sure this kept secret,” Trump added. “I don’t want to have people lost,” referring to the special forces involved in the operation. Vice President Mike Pence downplayed the inference that Pelosi was not trustworthy.
“I don’t think that was the implication at all,” Pence said. “We maintain the tightest possible security here,” and added that the focus was to bring al-Baghdadi to justice.
In a new poll, 70 percent of millennials say they were either “extremely likely” or “somewhat likely” to vote for a socialist candidate, in a poll from the YouGov–Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
The poll also found 50 percent of millennials having a “very unfavorable” or “somewhat unfavorable” view of capitalism, while the results for Generation Z were slightly higher at 51 percent. This represents an increase of 8 and 6 points from last year.
By comparison, only 33 percent of baby boomers and 33 percent of the silent generation were “extremely likely” or “somewhat likely” to vote for a socialist candidate. Millennials are defined as those between the ages of 23 and 38. Generation Z are those between the ages of 16 to 22.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) recently appeared on C-SPAN’s “After Words” to promote his book, “The Case Against Socialism.” During the interview, spoke about how Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are promoting socialist ideology, yet are going virtually unchallenged by the liberal media.
Paul spoke about the horrific scenario that is happening in Venezuela under socialism. “Venezuela is just such a disaster,” Paul said. “I mean, people literally eating their pets. People killing rats in the street to try to eat them, pigeons, and it just, it really is a sad thing.”
“Kind of going back to the world economy thing,” Paul continued, “we have to understand why the world economy got better, and we have to understand why Venezuela’s deteriorating into, you know, chaos.”
“And nobody in the media seems to care that what AOC is supporting or what Bernie is supporting is Stalin and Mao and Pol Pot,” Paul added, “and all these terrible ideas, and they get away with it because they aren’t challenged.”