Weekend Wrap-Up — August 31, 2020

Weekend Wrap-Up — August 31, 2020

(TargetLiberty.org) – The Gulf Coast of the US spent the final weekend of August 2020 cleaning up after Hurricane Laura made landfall at a category 4 storm. Authorities have confirmed at least 16 people died as a result of the disaster, and power outages in Louisiana could last for months.

That wasn’t the only big story, however. Here are three others that made headlines across the country.

Trump Rips Mayor Apart

On August 30, President Donald Trump went after Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) after riots in the Oregon city left one person dead. The commander-in-chief called the Democrat a “fool” and told him residents are growing fed-up with the violence.

Trump wants to send the National Guard into Portland to prevent further violence. The city has been experiencing unrest for nearly 100 days.

The shooting on Saturday came after a caravan of Trump supporters entered the city to protest Black Lives Matter. The man who died is said to be one of the counter-protesters.

Meadows Slammed Pelosi

During a Sunday interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows accused Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) of rejecting a compromise by Republicans on the stimulus package. Meadows said the lawmakers, who originally set a limit of $1 trillion, agreed to come up to $1.3 trillion, but the Democratic leader turned the deal down.

According to the chief of staff, the money would cover enhanced unemployment and aid for small business owners across the country. However, instead of helping the American people, Meadows said Pelosi “would rather them have nothing” than compromise.

Obama Involved in NBA Protests

On Wednesday, August 26, a group of NBA players boycotted their games, citing the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, WI. According to reports, National Basketball Players Association President Chris Paul contacted former President Barack Obama to ask for counsel before the players agreed to resume their season.

Obama’s spokeswoman, Katie Hill, told CNN the former president spoke to “a small group of NBA players” who wanted to use their platforms as athletes to shine a light on the issues they felt are important.

Wisconsin authorities are currently investigating the shooting of Blake. Nobody involved has been arrested.

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