Wow: Ben Carson Just Scored A Huge Win Over Trump In A Way No One Expected

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson topped rival Donald Trump Tuesday as his appearance before a Phoenix, AZ, crowd was more than double the size of the crowd Trump drew in the area last month. Carson’s event, initially scheduled for a venue seating 2,300 people, drew about 12,000 people.

Carson, second in the most recent poll to Trump after being a virtual unknown a few weeks ago, joked with the Phoenix crowd about how earlier in the year, the political class had all but dismissed him.

“We’ve been able to put together a magnificent national organization but I found it amusing a few months ago the Washington Post says ‘Carson’s organization is falling apart, and all his people are quitting,’” he said.

“They said you’ll never be able to raise money, but they forgot about one very important thing: The People… I personally am never going to go out and kiss the boots of billionaires and special interests. As far as I’m concerned, there is only one special interest group and that is the American people.”

Carson said faith overcame his own doubts about his candidacy.

“It wasn’t something that I really wanted to do to be honest with you but I kept getting pushed in that direction—and it was wonderful to be pushed in that direction—and I finally just said ‘Lord, you know I don’t particularly want to do this, but all the pundits say it’s impossible and you can’t put together an organization, you can’t raise money, you’re not connected with all the big money so it’s impossible so you really shouldn’t even be thinking about it.’ However, I just said, ‘Lord, if you want me to do it, you just open the doors. And if you open the doors, I’ll walk right through.’”

On Wednesday, Carson was touring the Mexico-Arizona border. He made his view on immigration clear to the crowd Tuesday night.

“The fact of the matter is we do have an illegal immigration problem in this country,” he said. “We have laws and we need to be able to pay attention to our laws and what I have said consistently is we need to seal our borders—but not just the southern border, the northern border, the Pacific border, the Atlantic border, every border.”

Achieving security takes not just tools, Carson said, but will.

We have the ability to do it, we just don’t have the will to do it. That will change when we have the right administration in place. The reason that is so important—a lot of people think there are just people coming from the south of the border—there are radical global jihadists who want to destroy us and our way of life and we have to keep them out. We have to make it not easy for them to get in here. This is a matter of our own security.

h/t: The Right Scoop

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John McCain Just Said Four Words About Trump That Reminded Everyone Why He Lost In 2008

After Donald Trump’s ballyhooed appearance at an event in Arizona this month, that state’s senior senator did not hesitate to weigh in on local reaction to the outspoken presidential contender.

“It’s very bad,” John McCain said in an interview this week. “This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me; because what he did was he fired up the crazies.”

He went on to conclude that Trump has “galvanized hem” and “really got them activated.”

As it turns out, some of “the crazies” were not too pleased with the characterization. Many expressed their outrage on Twitter.


McCain took the opportunity to praise South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham – a friend and frequent legislative partner – for publicly lambasting Trump’s controversial immigration remarks.

The tirade against Trump and his supporters was not the first time McCain has faced backlash for criticizing conservatives. As one prominent example, he once referred to three Republican senators – Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Justin Amash – as “wacko birds,” which garnered an immediate response from many in the party’s right wing.

Politico readers were generally displeased with McCain’s rhetoric.

“I guess you can call me crazy,” one commenter wrote, “but I want our laws enforced!”

Another informed McCain that “the real problem is … we the people haven’t been crazy enough.”

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Newly-Released Document Exposes True Danger Of Terrifying Secret Obama Admin Tried To Hide

More than 200 illegal immigrants were released from detention facilities in the state of Arizona between February and March of 2013. A significant portion of them were in custody for committing violent crimes.

The conservative watchdog organization Judicial Watch announced in a press release concerning its successful Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, Edward “Bud” Tuffly v U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), that almost 260 illegal immigrants were released from federal custody from February 22 through March 15, 2013. Judicial Watch filed the FOIA lawsuit in January after DHS did not respond to Tuffly’s request in November. Tuffly, a Tucson, Ariz., resident, sought the following information:

  • Records sufficient to identify all ICE detainees released in late February or early March 2013 from the following detention facilities due to alleged fiscal or budget uncertainty: (a) Central Arizona Correctional Center in Florence, Arizona: (b) Eloy Detention Center in Eloy, Arizona; (c) Florence Correctional Center in Florence, Arizona; (d) Florence SPC in Florence, Arizona; and (e) Pinal County Adult Detention Center in Florence, Arizona.
  • For each detainee identified in response to Request No.1, the I-213 form(s) documenting the detainee’s arrest.
  • For each detainee identified in response to Request No.1, records sufficient to identify: (a) the date the detainee was released; (b) the facility from which the detainee was released; (c) the detainee’s criminal history or criminal charges at the time of release; (d) methods of supervision to which the detainee was subjected; and (e) whether the detainee appeared for subsequent removal or other proceedings and/or was removed from the United States

Those released in Arizona were part of the more than 2,000 illegal aliens the Obama administration released in 2013. At first, the administration denied the release took place; but John Morton, then-director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told a House subcommittee that the 2,228 illegal immigrants were released for “solely budgetary reasons.”

Almost one in five of the illegal immigrants released from Arizona detention facilities had been arrested for drunk driving. Other crimes range from other traffic offenses and shoplifting to crimes as egregious as domestic violence and weapons offenses. The Obama administration will not disclose the names of the illegal immigrants released, “which prevents law enforcement from protecting the public or notifying victims,” the Judicial Watch press release said.

“The Obama administration is obsessed with supporting nationwide sanctuary and unlawful amnesty for illegal aliens – even illegal aliens who have committed violent crimes,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said. “These new documents show the Obama administration’s soft-on-crime approach to illegal alien crime is a clear and present danger to the safety of innocent Americans.”

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Sheriff Joe Just Used These 2 BOLD Words To Describe Obama’s Birth Certificate

He’s 83 years old, running for reelection to a seventh term, battling federal contempt charges, and as feisty as ever — the peace officer often called “America’s Toughest Sheriff” — Joe Arpaio, chief lawman of Maricopa County, Az. And now Arpaio is proving once again just how tough and feisty he really is by jumping back into a controversy he helped kindle years ago — the argument over the authenticity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

One might think that, given his troubles with the Obama Justice Department, Sheriff Joe would steer clear of that long-simmering controversy. But as WND reports, Arpaio waded back into the treacherous political waters surrounding the president’s birth certificate in a weekend radio interview. Speaking with Aaron Klein Investigative Radio, Sheriff Joe matter-of-factly reiterated what he has frequently contended:

“I’ve been in law enforcement 55 years,” stated Arpaio. “I think I know a fraudulent, fake document. I’m not a computer expert. I rely on my people. But I’m pretty well convinced it’s a fake document.”

As WND points out, the radio interview was focused primarily on Donald Trump and the raging firestorm over the GOP presidential candidate’s statements about illegal immigrants. Arpaio and Trump have both claimed that Obama’s birth certificate — released by the White House in 2011 and indicating he was born in a hospital in Hawaii — may be a fake.

Sheriff Joe, you might recall, appointed an investigative “posse” to gather evidence on the document’s origins. The WND post notes that “Arpaio’s appointed lead investigator on the birth-certificate case, Mike Zullo, has been promising the release of ‘universe-shattering’ information regarding the document” — evidence that has not yet been presented.

By clicking on the video above, you can listen to the relevant portion of the Aaron Klein interview with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in which the Maricopa County lawman first addresses the Trump brouhaha, then segues into the discussion of the Obama birth certificate.

What do you think — should Sheriff Joe drop the birth certificate matter or keep pursuing the truth? Share your opinion by commenting below.

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A Mom’s Bumper Sticker Caused People To Run Her Off The Road. When She Realized Why, She Was Heartbroken

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An Arizona mother is drawing fire over posting a bumper sticker on her vehicle which reads “#TeamIsis,” but it has nothing to do with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

KGUN reported earlier this week that Ciara Martinez named her five-year-old daughter ‘Isis’ after the Egyptian goddess, regarded as one of the most important in ancient history and considered the ideal woman or mother. “It suits her perfectly with her condition now because she’s beaten so many odds,” Martinez said.

Isis has a rare neurological disorder known as Rett Syndrome, which affects 1 in 10,000 children–almost exclusively girls. It “leads to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of the child’s life: their ability to speak, walk, eat, and even breathe easily,” according to It should be noted that while very active, Isis herself cannot speak. KGUN explains what led to Martinez’s grief:

Martinez created a group called Pretty Halos that works to raise awareness for the disease. They put on an annual car show in Tucson as a fundraiser and in the past they have sold window stickers that say #TeamIsis. The decal caused major problems for those who displayed it on their car.

“There were people trying to run me off the road, people flipping me off, cursing at me,” Martinez told the ABC affiliate. She said she and some of her friends have removed the sticker from their vehicles, but the problem goes beyond that. “The hardest part is people saying ‘you really should change her name, it’s not an appropriate name, it’s a disgrace to America,’” Martinez said.

With the whole ISIS situation it is even worse because I have to fight for her name and her disability and it’s really hard for me as a mom to have to see her go through that.

Despite the adversity, Martinez refuses to change her daughter’s name, noting Isis has three hours of therapy every week and hopes she can speak a sentence. “I would love an ‘I Love You’, I would probably cry for weeks,” Martinez said.

h/t: IJ Review

Are you inspired by this story, or do you think Ms. Martinez should change her daughter’s name? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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