Claim: Conservative, black Army veteran soaring in PA polls supports BLM, defunding the police. Fact check: Very false.


PENNSYLVANIA- For most of the MAGA crowd, there is typically wide support for anyone endorsed by former President Donald Trump. However with that said, Trump supporters are not a bunch of mind-numbed robots who follow along and necessarily agree with everything the MAGA King says. Such is the case for his support of Dr. Oz, running for a senate seat in Pennsylvania.

After Trump came out in support of Oz, his numbers experienced something of a surge…that is until political upstart Kathy Barnette, an African-American Army veteran, experienced a sudden surge of her own.

Much as what happened in the Ohio senate primary between JD Vance and Josh Mandel, the political class in the Republican party started paying attention. And just as there was an orchestrated hit job on Mandel in Ohio, so too is there now a similar operation being conducted against Barnette.

In recent weeks, amid her sudden surge in the polls, a number of questions have begun to be raised about Barnette’s past, including if she had in fact been an adjunct professor. To add to it, clipped portions which do not provide context have emerged in which it appears she supports Black Lives Matter and defunding the police.

According to UncoverDC, which engaged in a deep dive into Barnette’s past, they spoke with Mary Dulabaum, the Director of Marketing and Communications at Judson University. Dulabaum confirmed that indeed, Barnette was an adjunct professor “in high standing” at the university. That revelation debunks accusations on Twitter alleging Barnette was not, in fact, an adjunct professor.

Barnette’s race against Dr. Mehmet Oz comes two years after she lost to Democrat incumbent Madeleine Dean in the contest for Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District. In the leadup to that election in November 2020, Barnette shared her firmly held views via a Facebook live, recorded on July 13, 2020.

A number of “strategically cut clips” from that video have been shared on Twitter and they appear to show her in an unfavorable way. Barnette had used the hashtags #BLM and #DefundThePolice when sharing her video in order to get people’s attention and have the message spread via those hashtags.

For example, one such video shows Barnette reacting to the shooting death of a 1-year-old child while he was with his mother and family at a park. During the video, in which she appears to grieve for the child’s tragic death, she says, “This is craziness, what we are watching right now. We have these thugs, these so-called activists We have these spineless leaders that are playing with people’s lives.”

It was clear from the video that Barnette was against defunding the police, and also the out-of-control violence associated with BLM.

Barnette continued:

Defunding the police is stupid, people. Abolishing the police is stupid, people. Black people—do not fall for the Okie Doke. Do not fall for these white liberals who are coming into our communities and telling us we need to remove law enforcement because, let me tell you; they have the money to pay for private security.

Our “black lives matter net global network incorporated” does not care about my black life. It does not care about the black lives of those who are just trying to work, who are trying to provide for their family, and who are keeping their nose clean. [Or those] who just want to be able to take their black child across the street, to the park, with the rest of their black family. This is stupid. All of it, all of it is stupid.

Changing names on football teams…how does that improve my black live? Painting graffiti or murals on the street and on walls? How does that improve my black life? How does that get me and my family good jobs? How does that make sure that we can walk outside of our home without being shot I the head? How does that do anything to make sure that I can send my babies off to college?”

In another case in order to portray her as a BLM supporter, a short snippet was clipped from the first part of a 2020 video. The full video shows Barnette clearly denouncing BLM, referring to their riots as “parasitic behavior.”

The Pennsylvania Republican primary is scheduled to take place next Tuesday and Barnette’s sudden surge—which came out of nowhere—puts her right in the mix with Oz and the other challenger, David McCormick.

On May 12, the former president issued a statement in opposition to Barnette’s candidacy, claiming she “will never be able to win the General Election against the Radical Left Democrats,” claiming that some issues “in her past have not been properly explained or vetted.” Trump went on to claim that Oz is “the only one who will be able to easily defeat the Crazed, Lunatic Democrat in Pennsylvania.”

Trump did offer that if Barnette were able to explain some of the “things in her past,” Barnette “will have a wonderful future in the Republican Party—and I will be behind her all the way.”

Barnette saw Trump’s statement as a positive, telling “The Water Cooler with David Brody,” that “it sounds like the president knows what’s going to happen on next Tuesday.” Barnette has also questioned the wealth and credentials of both Oz and McCormick, a hedge fund CEO.

“We now have the opportunity where the people are making their voices heard on what kind of leadership they want—and they don’t want to be spoon-fed by two globalists, as many influencers within the Republican Party are trying to sell us, they want a real conservative.”

Ironically, Trump has supported Republican Doug Mastriano in his race for governor, and Mastriano has endorsed Barnette, who has been closing fast despite being significantly outspent by her two challengers.

In a recent poll by the Trafalgar Group, one of the most accurate polling companies out there, Barnette is placing ahead of McCormick but behind Oz. Nearly 23% of likely Republican voters’ support Barnette, a five point jump from April. Oz meanwhile is up two points from last month to 25%, while McCormick stands at 22%, no change from last month.

Oz’s candidacy has some conservatives nervous, due to his past statements against states that supported restricting abortion access as well as his dual citizenship with Turkey, where his mother resides. His close friendship with uber-liberal Oprah Winfrey has also been a source of concern. There are some concerns he may be a Republican-in-name-only (RINO).

In explaining her reasons for running, Barnette says on her website:

I’m running for office because good people have sat on the sidelines for far too long. As a result, we’ve created a vacuum that is being filled by despotic and debased individuals. If these past two years have taught us anything, they’ve taught us a very important lesson about what types of leaders we need. Now more than ever, America requires strong, authentic Republican voices to stand up and defend the U.S. Constitution and the rights we hold dear. I will be that voice—for Pennsylvania and our great nation.”

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National Crime Victims Rights Week is April 24-30. Most Americans are victimized by crime.

We examine a survey of 711 crime survivors in California; the stories are the same in any state.

The trauma and tears of crime victims stay with me. The images and memories don’t go away.


Welcome to National Victims’ Rights Week.

Every victim of crime remembers their event. It doesn’t matter if it was fraud or graffiti or theft or violent victimization, it stays with them for the rest of their lives. Many incidents produce trauma that does not go away.

Most Americans are victimized by crime, if you include fraud. It’s a shared national concern.

Violence and fear of crime are increasing rapidly.


I was the senior specialist for crime prevention with the US Department of Justice’s clearinghouse, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service. I was also the director of information services for the National Crime Prevention Council. Part of my portfolio was victims of crime.

From my time in law enforcement, I understood that criminal victimization was profoundly impactful. We live in a society where we shamefully and routinely dismiss crime victims and their trauma. Victimization is so common that we have lost our ability to understand and process what victims go through.

A woman and her children suffered a burglary.  It was my investigation. They were profoundly scared that the offender would return. She asked that I and other officers stop by the house nightly. Walking in one evening, I found them crying from fear. She said that if it wasn’t for my diligence, she could no longer live in her house, and she could not afford to move. Yet others told her that “it’s just a burglary,” and she should move on.

So when we discuss numbers and types of crimes, it’s hard to maintain my composure when people state that “it’s just a property crime” or it’s just a robbery.” The same applies to organizations insisting that violence hasn’t increased or that the rates today are lower than in past decades. It’s like telling a rape victim that she shouldn’t feel so bad, the current stats are lower than in 2005.

I’ve seen bicycle theft victims move after the third time. I witnessed violent crime victims go through immense personal trauma. There may be legal arguments regarding bail reform, but can you imagine the impact of seeing a person’s victimizer hours after the crime walking past your house and staring in your window?

Crime literally destroys lives. Instances of PTSD by seeing interpersonal violence or being victimized affect children forever. They are often accompanied by brain injuries and child abuse. To suggest that crime negatively impacts cities and neighborhoods to the point where employers leave and economic development stalls is an understatement.

Survivor Stories (selected-edited quotes from all sources)

The following comes from “Survivor Stories,” a survey of  711 crime survivors in California:

Countless individuals will become victims of crime and violence in their lifetime. The impact of victimization can last weeks, months, and years after the incident. Those impacts, if untreated, can have implications that extend well beyond the individual themselves, as untreated trauma can be turned inward or outward: hurt people often hurt other people.

As a result, failing to treat trauma in victims of crime isn’t just a failure to help those who deserve our support, it’s a failure that poses a threat to community safety. To inform policy and public spending aimed at prevention and healing, this study of survivors and the work of the Survivor Center at the Prosecutors Alliance aims to highlight critical gaps that exist in the current system.

Traditional approaches to victim services centered in the criminal justice system purport to care about crime victims but continue to fund and fuel a system that is focused on punishment rather than healing. Central to criminal justice reform is modernizing the way victims are served and treated.

If we condemn violence and want to help people recover from experiences of violence, we must dedicate our resources and energy to their healing. This report surveyed 711 survivors who shared their experiences in listening sessions, interviews and by survey of what worked, what didn’t, and what help they needed most to recover from the trauma of victimization. It gives us a blueprint for how to improve support for victims that come directly from survivors.

Summary Of Results

Survivors need more support, not just immediately after the crime, but for a significant time after the crime, outside of business hours, and for the things they need to rebuild their lives. 41% of survivors said they needed emotional support after victimization. 43% of participants said they needed money right away to pay for rent, food, or other necessities.

Most survivors do not know about or are not connected to services and resources that help them recover physically, emotionally, and financially.

Victims’ compensation is underutilized by victims, it is hard to access and has barriers that prevent most crime survivors from using it. • Just 61% of victims are offered victims compensation after victimization. Black, AAPI and Latina participants were offered compensation less often than White participants.

Survivors want advocates to have trauma informed training and have more advocates with lived experience as crime survivors. When survivors were asked if they could provide survivors with anything they needed, emotional support was mentioned in 53% of the comments including someone to talk to, someone to listen to, information, crisis support and counseling.

Survivors want access to needed resources for healing and recovery regardless of who or how they were harmed. 30% of participants discussed barriers for them or family members due to probation, parole status. 50% of participants said they did not have money to pay out of pocket for expenses like mental health or relocation, so they just did not access services or move. Restitution is not working for survivors.

Only 61% of participants had restitution explained to them. 70% of participants did not know why restitution was not ordered in their cases.


Crime Victims

Survey Released Showing New Data That State is Failing Victims of Crime

Media article on California crime victims:

“I crumbled under the guilt of surviving and the all consuming PTSD,” she said.  “I expected calls from professional or officials with resources or services, but I was never contacted. My family had to be the ones to help find me a therapist because searching for one myself became too overwhelming.”

She explained that she did finally find an in-network therapist, but her needs have constantly changed, and she has had to “work up the courage to walk across the street or attend workout classes with strangers. In the first few months, I had to learn how to navigate flashbacks triggered by fireworks.”




All within society need to understand the trauma of criminal victimization. This is said with the knowledge that most who write about crime or enforcement have never come into contact with crime victims. That simple fact explains much as to people dismissing their plight to advance an ideology. I was in a meeting with ACLU officials who stated that victims have no right to be involved in policy.

I understand that cops are under immense pressure to complete a 911 call and move on to the next issue. I get it that services to victims take time, sometimes immensely so. When your shift supervisor complains that you have multiple calls waiting, it gets dicey.

We within the justice system must figure out a way to make sure that victims are treated with dignity and respect and that they get the services they need. Police and prosecutors officers offer most victim services. They need to be referred. Victims need to be encouraged to contact them.

Yea, I understand that victim service agencies are overworked and understaffed. Cities and states need to fund more services.

There needs to be an amendment to the US Constitution for a victim’s bill of rights emulating those that exist in many states.

And yes, victimization happens to people caught up in the justice system. Maybe if we were more vigilant and better resourced we could prevent retribution shootings and assaults.

Victims stated that they did not get restitution which isn’t surprising when considering that those on parole and probation rarely pay or complete their obligations. Parole and probation agencies are reluctant to revoke offenders for non-compliance.

The trauma and tears of victims stay with me. The images and memories won’t go away. That experience guided me throughout my jobs within the justice system and influence my writings today which is why I have so little patience with people who deny or downplay our current violence. Fear of crime is at an all-time high.

With a system filled with problems and challenges, comprehensive victim services should not be one of them.

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See more articles on crime and justice at Crime in America.

Most Dangerous Cities/States/Countries at Most Dangerous Cities.

US Crime Rates at Nationwide Crime Rates.

National Offender Recidivism Rates at Offender Recidivism.

An Overview Of Data On Mental Health at Mental Health And Crime.

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