It begins: ‘Squad member’ calls for cancellation of rent and mortgage payments

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WASHINGTON, DC – Minnesota Democratic State Representative Ilhan Omar is calling for the cancellation of all rent and mortgage payments while the pandemic drags on. 

She and her followers believe that forcing people to pay or else be evicted during this time would be an outrage.

Omar tweeted:

“Evicting millions of people during a pandemic would be a moral outrage.  Cancel rent and mortgage payments now.”

There is no denying that there have been millions of jobs lost during the lockdowns in different states amid the pandemic.

There will also, possibly, be many more lost should Joe Biden win the election and enforce another lockdown in January. 

Job losses have left many Americans scraping to get by and in genuine fear of being unable to afford their next mortgage or rent payment.

Relief came, initially, when President Trump and political leaders passed a bill which provided $1,200 to each tax paying adult in the country and other payroll protections for employers. 

However, most of those agreements have reached their conclusion. Democrats failed to negotiate with Republicans before the election to reach an agreement for another economic stimulus deal.

In September of this year, the Pew Research Center gave a report in which they claim that one in every four of adults in the country had been struggling to pay their bills during the first six months of the pandemic; 16% reported that they had difficulty paying their mortgage or rent on time.

Currently, a moratorium has been imposed on evictions based on an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

However, that order is set to expire at the end of the year. This may put roughly 13 million renters at risk of eviction according to CNN.

Another prominent Democratic leader, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, warned that foreclosures could also be on the rise after the first of the year.  Brown said:

“It is unlikely that borrowers will understand how quickly foreclosure could be.  If servicers begin the foreclosure process before the borrower has the opportunity to either extend their forbearance or be evaluated for an appropriate modification, it could add unnecessary costs for borrowers, make it harder to complete a request for assistance, and risk triggering foreclosures that could threaten families’ and neighborhoods’ recovery from the pandemic.”

While this may be true, another portion of the population that also needs to be taken into consideration are the people and companies that rely on the money they receive from rent and mortgages. 

Landlords and banks that rely on that funding to pay their bills, need it to keep coming in; something that Omar and other Democratic leaders seem to forget.

Despite all of the doom and gloom out on the financial front, in October of this year, there was news that signaled the economy was starting to rebound once again.

At the time of the report, the economy was growing at a record pace.  Third quarter reports show that employers were beginning to restore jobs that were lost during the first portion of the pandemic.

Under President Trump, the economy grew a record 33.1% after dropping a total of 31.4% in the second quarter, replacing what was lost and gaining almost a full two additional points.

If President Trump gets re-elected, it is quite possible that he and his policies will grow the economy, much like he did in his first term.  However, if he loses the election and Biden takes over, it is hard to tell what damage will be done to the economy should Biden shut it down as he, seemingly, wants to do.

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AOC, Ilhan Omar take part in video game event organized by vlogger who last year said ‘America deserved 9/11’

WASHINGTON DC – It is one week until election day. As of now, there is no new COVID-19 stimulus plan coming out of Washington DC. The country is weathering a pandemic. 

But, not to worry: U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are hard at work playing video games. 

The two far left leaning congresswomen set streaming records on Twitch with more than 435,000 people watching them play “Among Us.” 

USA Today reported that the game was part of a voting outreach effort largely targeted to millennials and Gen Z-er’s on the gaming platform. 

The supposed get-the-vote-out event last week involved “uber-popular” streamers Pokimane and Hasan Piker. Piker is a former employee of the left-leaning news site and commentary group the Young Turks. 

As The Blaze reported, he’s perhaps better known as the activist vlogger who said last year: 

“America deserved 9/11.” 

The highly controversial statement came during a video attack on U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw. In it, the Young Turks criticized the Texas Republican who lost his right eye while serving in Iraq in 2012. 

In full, The Blaze reported that Piker said: 

“America deserved 9/11, dude. F**k it, I’m saying it.” 

Later on, he rapidly tried to walk back his statement. With backlash hitting both Piker and the Young Turks, he said: 

“I didn’t say Americans deserved 9/11. I said America deserves 9/11.” 

He reportedly called his own word choice “inappropriate” and poorly executed “satire.” 

His bosses had even more to say about it. Cenk Uyger of the Young Turks called his statement “incredibly crass” and “wrong.” 

That’s when Piker decided to try to the blame game instead: 

“Maybe you can chalk it up to English being my second language or whatever you want to chalk it up to.” 

Twitch even went so far as to suspend Piker for his comments in 2019. 

What is unclear now, after the headline grabbing screw-up, is why two U.S. lawmakers would align with the controversial figure for the recent get-out-the-vote event. 

Neither acknowledged how they connected with the event, beyond Ocasio-Cortez mentioning at the beginning of the stream that Piker “wrangled” the group together at the last minute. 

Her Minnesotan counterpart directly addressed voters as the game began. According to various media outlets, including USA Today, Omar said: 

“If you are able to vote, we are here. Make sure you have your voting plan. If you can’t vote, if you’re under the age of 18, if you don’t live in the United States or any other reason for not being able to vote, make sure you talk to someone that can vote and try to get them direct them to IWillVote.com and make sure that they get their voting plan in place.” 

Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitch debut stream has broken records as one of the most viewed on the site ever. 

She reportedly beat the record set in 2018 by rappers Drake and Travis Scott who played the game “Fortnite” with well-known gamer Ninja. 

The site is known as a platform that draws young audiences. 

USA Today said that in a now deleted 2017 report from the streaming platform, which is mostly oriented toward gamers who livestream themselves playing, Twitch said that nearly 55% of its audience was between the ages of 18 and 34. 

One of the two lawmakers falls within that demographic: Ocasio-Cortez is 31. Omar is 38. 

The two women refer to themselves as a “squad” along with other young, female lawmakers. 

In a tweet on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez shared an article from Teen Vogue featuring her squadmate Omar. She captioned the post: 

[email protected] opens up about surviving Congress with the help of her #Squad (@AOC, @RashidaTlaib + @AyannaPressley): “It is a spectacle. It is insane. But our sisterhood and friendship is real.” 

She does not appear to have yet tweeted about her connection to Piker and his 9/11 comments. 

 

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