WHY Jake Paul Anxiety Backlash Is SO HUGE, "Gun Girl" Kaitlin Bennett SWARMED By Protestors,
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Paul, and for a number of reasons, though, the main consensus is, people angry. And the main reason
Jakewas trending, all these articles were being written up, was because of this tweet. Where yesterday, he said: "Remember,
anxietyis created by you. "Sometimes you gotta let life play out "and remind yourself to be happy "and that the answers will come. "Chill you mind out, go for a walk, talk to a friend." And following that tweet, there is a lot of
backlash, some light, people kind of joking, oh my god,
anxiety! A lot of people really clamping down on that first sentence, "remember,
anxietyis created by you." And, a lot of people taking this as another version of when someone tells you to just don't be anxious. And so, we saw a more serious responses like: "
Anxietyis created by you, "unless you have an
anxietydisorder. "In which case, it's your brain triggering "the flight/fight/freeze response "in inappropriate situations "and you have absolutely no say in it." You also had fellow creators, like Sierra Schultzzie chiming in, tweeting: "This is actually really harmful. "
be incredibly physical as well as mental. "Mental illness is not the fault of the sufferer. "Please delete this, you are doing actual harm "to your followers who very well may need "to be seeking professional help for their problems." You also had Colleen Ballinger tweet, "Telling people with
anxietyto just stop having
anxiety"does not help them with their
anxiety." After seemingly seeing the push back we saw on
Paultry to clarify his comment, saying: "What I meant is that your
anxiety"can build up if you let it. "It doesn't just go away. "Mine never does, but there's days where it's really bad "and then there's days where it's not as bad. "So, if
anxietystarts to build up, "there are ways to help it chill out." And, following it up with: "Everyone clowning my tweet "but it's not spreading more awareness "about
anxiety, which I didn't even know was a thing "'till I was 18 but had it my whole life, "and never knew now to deal with it." And then linking to a Healthline article called How to Cope with
Anxiety. "11 simple ways and when to see a doctor." Now, after that, you still had a large number of people explaining why they had massive issues with his initial post. This ranging from people calling it insulting, to making sufferers feel like the reason that they're having a problem. But also, it should be noted,...
you had people defending
Paul. This ranging from he's trying to raise awareness of a serious issue, and he was well intentioned, and, even if you disagree with his take on this, use this as an opportunity to educate rather than just flame. Now, with all that said, as far as my take on this, have it noted that I do not like
Paulfor a number of reasons. I greatly question his character. But, for a situation as serious as this, as applicable to as many people as it can be, I think it is an opportunity to educate. Now, as far as there being such a
hugeemotional reaction, I understand where that comes from. If you're someone that suffers from
anxiety, you suffer from depression, or anything like that, I actually highly recommend a comedy special, which I know, it sound like a weird thing to say, Gary Gulman, The Great Depresh, it's a special on HBO, and it covers not only
anxiety, but also depression. But in that special, a note that he hits on, and I think it's why people have such a big reaction to it, is for years and years and years, a number of people, if you told them that you had a problem, you were depressed, you were anxious, most people said: well, what do you have to be anxious or depressed about? Or, they gave you a prescription of just don't be that. To kind of add onto that and I'm kind of echoing my wife here, everyone experiences depression and everyone experiences
anxietyin a different way. So, a
Paul, who may not experience...
anxietythat you feel in your every day life, may think, oh hey, this is actually a trick that I use to make myself feel less miserable. But not understanding that, your
anxietymay be different, it may be debilitating. Or, he may have only experienced a five to seven foot wave, while you're dealing with tsunamis. And, on top of that, I looked to a
Paul, who is 23 years old, and I try and remember how ignorant I was at 23. Hell, even at 30. On a variety of issues, and for this specific topic, it kinda makes me put the pitchfork away. Now that said, I personally very much doubt and question
Paul's character and to how much he means something, his intentions behind doing something, I'll always believe that it's for personal gain. But, that's based off of historical actions. What we've seen him do in the past, recent actions, but I'll always hope that someone can better themself. But, with that said, around this specific issue that's the story, a little bit of my personal takeaway. And, of course, I'd love to pass the question off to you. What are your thoughts around this? But from that, I wanna share some stuff I love today and today in awesome. Brought to you by Vessi. And if you didn't know, Vessi makes 100% waterproof and waterproof knit sneakers that are incredibly comfortable, breathable, and are actually pretty stylish. My favorite has definitely been the men's every day in midnight black. And honestly,...
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Bennett, who many of you may know better as Gun
Girl. And for those of you who do not know, she's a gun rights activist who went viral in 2018. That, because after she graduated from Kent State University, she posted a photo of herself walking around campus with a gun and her graduation cap, which read "Come and take it." And, that then caused a massive stir online, especially since Kent State was once home to a tragic shooting. But since then, she's also done a number of other things, including making videos for Info Wars, and Liberty Hangout, which describes itself as a libertarian media group. That group itself notably, has faced controversies, even recently tweeting that being gay is a choice. Many also sharing what appears to be a deleted tweet, where they ran a...
poll questioning the legitimacy of the Holocaust. Also, as far as Bennet herself, her videos, often she goes to public places, often college campuses, interviewing people on the street about hot button issues. Things like gender-inclusive bathrooms, abortion, gun rights, among other things. And there, many argue that Bennet being conservative, is trying to provoke liberal college students, or just cause online outrage with these videos. And while she has no shortage of supporters, there's definitely an audience that craves stuff like that, many of these videos have gone viral and either been met with criticism, or just people simply making fun of her. And the kind of simplified background hopefully gives you an understanding of what we're talking about, it also brings us to today's story, because she had plans to make one of those videos at Ohio University on Monday. Now, the believed purpose of the video is to ask students trivia questions about Presidents Day, but, when she arrived, she was met with protests. And a ton of students posted videos and TikToks of this, you saw people screaming, chanting, this video in particular getting a lot of online attention. - No one fucking likes you! (crowd chanting and clapping) - Where's your diaper? - Also, for those wondering about the toilet paper and the diaper chant, there's this online joke and rumor that Bennet pooped her pants at a party. But anyway, that's why, at the protest, there are a number of...
videos where you see toilet paper being thrown on her. In others, you see her being surrounded, screamed at,
Kaitlinalso posted one of the videos herself, students throwing liquids at her car as she left. Also kind of blocking the car from really moving. And, after all of this, we ended up seeing her tweet: "This is what happens when a Trump supporter "goes to a college campus. "Leftists at Ohio University started a riot "when Joel Patrick and I showed up "and the OU police let it happen. "I think Donald Trump should strip funding "from Universities like this that harbor terrorists." Notably, we also saw Ohio University's police department release a statement about the incident as well, writing that Bennet had quote: "Engaged in a Constitutionally protected activity. "She drew a large crowd of people, "many with opposing viewpoints, "who also chose to exercise their first amendment rights." Adding that they were there to protect these rights, people's safety, and, other than asking people to keep spaces clear, no one was asked to leave. And, as far as Bennet's initial tweet calling the scene a riot, they said: "Contrary to allegations circulating on social media, "the incident did not rise to the level of a riot. "There was strong language and allegations "that some unknown persons in the crowd splashed water. "But, there were no reported injuries "or violence and no...
one was arrested during the event." And, also adding that Bennet did not notify the police that she would be attending the school's campus. Which, notably is not mandatory. But, would've given them a heads-up in terms of staffing levels. Now, Bennet was not pleased with their response, sharing their statement and claiming that hot coffee had been dumped on her, and that the car was vandalized. And, later stating: "I will absolutely be returning to Ohio U's campus again, "and next time I'll bring an army of gun owners "for an open carry walk through campus. "You can't keep us away and you can't keep us silent. "Just like Donald Trump, we will always win." And, also that this morning, she had been contacted by the FBI about credible threats against her. And following this, you had a number of reactions, you had some people defending her, some saying things like: "I'm a former OU grad, and this makes me sick. "I get people having differing opinions, "but to act and do the things these students "were doing, unacceptable human behavior, "regardless of your opinion, "belief, political party, et cetera." BlazeTV corresponded and Elijah Schaffer tweeting: "Violence against conservatives is not okay "just because it's socially acceptable. "You can't assault someone just because "they voted for Donald Trump. "Or, attack them because they disagree "with...
you politically." James Woods, who's back on Twitter now, calling it a display of mob mentality from democrats. But also, you had a number of people happy that
KaitlinBennet was being received like this. One of the people sharing the video, saying Bennet "genuinely doesn't understand that this "is the attention she ordered." Others also sharing this sentiment, with one student telling Athens News: "I kind of feel like she just came here "to get this reaction." Others saying that Bennet and Liberty Hangout have shared hateful views, and that Bennet often harasses people herself. We also saw a number of people saying that
Kaitlinand people getting offended on her behalf are hypocrites. Other tweets noting, "Funniest part of the
KaitlinBennet shit "is seeing conservatives who love a president "who bullies people cry about someone getting bullied." And here, noting among other things, the president's attack on Greta Thunberg, who they described as an actual little
girl. And, along with all of those, we saw a number of people arguing that, essentially what we saw other than some instances of people seemingly throwing a liquid, that, in general, this was the first amendment in action. Or essentially saying
Kaitlinhas the freedom of speech, but that does not immunize her from people reacting and shouting her down with words, as well. But ultimately, that's where we are with this story, and I really would love...
to know your thoughts on this issue. Because, what's kind of interesting to me, is I feel like everyone is leaving the situation, feeling like they won. And what I mean by that, is I think you're gonna have a number of people that were happy to see, just the mess of protest against Bennet. Seeing it as kind of united front and reaction against someone they see as a troll, as bigoted. But, on the other side of this, you're gonna have people showcasing these videos as the left's intolerance, especially at the end, where they start throwing liquids at the cars. And, this is arguably one of the most viral incidents involving Bennet since she first blew up. So, this, if anything, it just increases her profile. I mean, my personal thoughts on the matter based off the videos I've seen her put out, is that she doesn't genuinely want a conversation, she wants a confrontation, and that's actually what we saw here. Right, so that's why I also think that this is likely fuel for her and her career. And you look on Twitter, and you see Bennet using this as an opportunity to try and get Donald Trump involved, other gun owners involved. Yeah, ultimately that's where we are as of right now. And, I'd love to really know your thoughts on this one. And the last thing that we're gonna talk about today, is a situation involving Attorney General Bill Barr, Roger Stone, and President Donald Trump. Now, I mentioned this briefly last week as the story was...
first developing. But, the background here is that Roger Stone was a long-time friend and advisor of Donald Trump. And back in November, he was found guilty on seven charges of witness tampering and lying to Congress. But, those indictments notably stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. And so, last Monday, prosecutors for the case recommended that Stone serve seven to nine years in prison. Right after that, we saw Donald Trump tweet: "This is a horrible and very unfair situation. "The real crimes were on the other side, "as nothing happens to them. "Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice." And following that, we saw the Justice Department announcing that it was changing the sentencing recommendation. With an anonymous Justice Department official telling reporters at the time that the recommendation was quote: "not what had been briefed to the department." And, adding: "The department finds the recommendation extreme "and excessive and disproportionate to Stone's offenses." and, a big note here, is that this decision for the department to overrule career lawyers was highly unusual. Which is also why it wasn't surprising that, following that, four prosecutors withdrew from the Roger Stone case, with one of them actually quitting his job at the DOJ altogether. And with this, we saw a lot of people criticizing the move, including former DOJ officials under both democrat and republican...
administrations. Also accusing Barr of intervening in Trump's favor to lighten the sentencing recommendation for a Trump ally, with some also saying that this isn't the first time that he's done this. And, the Justice Department for it's part, defended the move with a spokeswoman telling reporters that the DOJ officials did not discuss the Stone case with the White House. And, also stating that the decision to overrule the recommendation was actually made before Trump's tweet. With Trump also denying claims that he directed the DOJ to change it's recommendation. Though, the next day we did see Trump tweet: "Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr "for taking charge of a case "that was totally out of control and perhaps should not "have even been brought. "Evidence now clearly shows "that the Muller Scam was improperly brought and tainted. "Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress." And so that tweet escalated, and for a lot of people, justified the claims that the attorney general was doing Trump a favor. But then, on Thursday, we saw Barr do an interview with ABC, and there he defended his actions on the Stone case, saying that he and his staff made the decision before Trump's tweets, and denied that Trump played a role in it. But, he did also say that the Trump tweet complicated things, saying the incident illustrates how disruptive these tweets can be, and when asked if he had a problem with the tweets, he...
responded: - Yes, well, I have a problem with some of the tweets. I'm happy to say that, in fact, the president has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case. However, to have public statements and tweets made about the department, about people in the department, our men and women here, about cases pending in the department, and about judges before whom we have cases, make it impossible for me to do my job. I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me. - And then, in a statement responding to what Barr said in the interview, White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "The President wasn't bothered by the comments at all, "and he had the right, just like any American citizen, "to publicly offer his opinions." Though, we did see a debate around that Barr clip. Some people taking that clip and those statements at face value, saying, yeah you seeing a guy that's trying to do his job, Trump's complicating it. But, others arguing that what we're seeing here is a coordinated effort from Trump and the White House with Barr and the DOJ to kind of separate one another. Essentially saying this was Barr trying to make it appear that there is a separation, there's maybe even a riff between the two, even though he's doing the president's bidding. Now also with this, we've seen Trump continue to tweet about the case. With Trump going on the offense this morning on Twitter...
and threatening to sue everyone involved in the special council inquiry, indicating that Stone prosecutors were quote: "Muller prosecutors" in writing. "Everything having to do with this fraudulent investigation "is badly tainted, and, in my opinion, "should be thrown out." And continuing, "the whole deal was a total scam. "If I wasn't president I'd be suing everyone "all over the place, but maybe I still will, witch hunt." Trump also tweeting comments made by Fox News commentator Andrew Napolitano, who said that Stone's defense team asked for a second trial because a member of the jury was biased against Trump, and because of that quote: "Almost any judge in the country would order a new trial." Also, regarding the criticism of Barr, that has not stopped. In fact, one of the most notable things, is, on Sunday, we saw former DOJ officials across republican and democratic administration sign a letter posted on Medium. There, they condemned Trump and Barr, also calling on Barr to resign. Writing: "Such behavior is a grave threat "to the fair administration of justice. "In this nation, we are all equal before the law. "A person should not be given special treatment "in a criminal prosecution "because they are a close political ally of the President. "Governments that use the enormous power "of law enforcement to punish their enemies "and reward their allies are...
not constitutional republics, "they are autocracies." And, later adding: "Mr. Barr's actions "in doing the President's personal bidding, "unfortunately speak louder than his words. "Those actions, and the damage they have done "to the Department of Justice's reputation "for integrity and the rule of law, "require Mr. Barr to resign." And, as of recording, that letter currently has over 2,000 signatures. Yesterday, we also saw reports of the federal judges association has called for an emergency meeting to address the intervention of DOJ officials and Trump in politically sensitive cases. But ultimately, that is where we are right now. We're gonna have to wait to see what happens. Right now, Roger Stone is set to be sentenced on Thursday morning. As far as what happens from there, I think it's anyone's guess. But, I would say it's not a crazy thought to think that Donald Trump would not use a part. And, I say that because notably, Trump allies have not been on the receiving end of commutations or pardons yet. So, Trump today, went on what people have been calling a clemency spree. Pardons and commuting sentences, and among those, received a commuted sentence was Rod Blagojevich, who, if you don't remember, was on the receiving end of a 14 year prison sentence for extortion, bribery and corruption. And, some background here, if you're unfamiliar, as Axis explains, "Blagojevich, a former...
contestant "on Trump's Celebrity Apprentice, "attempted to exchange an appointment "to Barack Obama's Senate seat "for campaign contributions "after the 2008 presidential election." And, as far as the timeline, "The Illinois Legislature impeached "and removed Blagojevich for abuse of power "and corruption in 2009." And ultimately, he was found guilty of 17 charges in 2011. And, there are two kinda key things to pay attention to in this moment. One, Blagojevich was a democrat, and two, Trump has described Blagojevich's sentence as ridiculous. And has said that it "was a result by the same group "behind the Russiagate investigations "that targeted him and his aides "for the first three years of his presidency." And so, it's believed by some here, that Blagojevich is, to a certain degree, being used as a shield. So, essentially him trying to fame it as more him trying to help the victims of a ridiculous group that just wanted to do damage, and not the president using his power to protect allies. But ultimately, we're gonna have to wait and see. That's the story, a little bit of my opinions, some conjecture, but, with that, I'd love to know your thoughts on what's happening here. And, that is where I'm going to end today's show. And hey, if you like this video, hit that like button and if you're new here, definitely hit Subscribe. Also, if you're looking for...
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