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Trump thanks BernCo Sheriff Manny Gonzales for partnership in Operation Legend

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted a message of thanks to Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales after Gonzales agreed to partner with the President to make Bernalillo County safer. 

Trump wrote, “Thank you to Sheriff Gonzales of Bernalillo County, New Mexico, for joining my call with our Nation’s sheriffs. Appreciate your partnership to help make your county safe – great comments on Operation Legend!” 

Previously, the Bernalillo County Sheriffs Office tweeted, “Today, Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III was the first among ~1,000 sheriffs to speak on a briefing call w/the POTUS about Operation Legend, how it is helping to keep our citizens safe, & the opportunity to ask the POTUS a question related to public safety.” 

Gonzales has brought national attention to the crime problems in Bernalillo County, and his partnership with the President and the Justice Department in implementing “Operation Legend” has sparked condemnation from far-left in New Mexico, including Democrat Sen. Martin Heinrich, who urged the Sheriff to resign despite him doing nothing wrong other than working with the Federal Government to ring aide to Bernalillo County.

Former VP contender MLG throws support for Biden/Harris ticket

On Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden announced his selection of California U.S. Senator Kamala Harris to be his running mate. 

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham sent out a message of support for the team, writing on Twitter, “It’s time to rebuild our country better than ever before. It’s time to take back the White House. It’s time to elect [Joe Biden] & [Kamala Harris]. Join us” 

Harris wrote on Twitter previously, “[Joe Biden] can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals.

I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.” 

The Trump campaign responded to the news by tweeting a video blasting the decision in a new video. 

Harris previously blasted Biden for his record on race, his alleged sexual assults on women, and his policies not being progressive enough for the California politician. Now, Harris will bring her suppor for Medicare for All, trillions more in taxes, abortion up-to-birth, and countless other proposals to the forefront in the race for the presidency.

MLG follows satanic cult leader on Twitter but does not follow Joe Biden

On Monday it was reported that leading Democrat vice-presidential contender to be Joe Biden’s running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, does not follow Biden on Twitter, which prompted the Piñon Post to see if Gov. Michell Lujan Grisham, also a contender for the Democrat vice-presidential nomination follows Biden. Here’s what we found:

After searching both Lujan Grisham’s campaign and public Twitter accounts, @Michelle4NM and @GovMLG, respectively, we concluded both by a thorough review of who she is following on Twitter, as well as a check from the website DoesFollow.com, that Lujan Grisham does not follow Biden nor does Biden follow either of Lujan Grisham’s accounts. 

However, upon our review of Lujan Grisham’s account, it was revealed that the Governor follows a satanic cult leader, Greg Stevens (@GregStevens), who lists himself as the Executive Producer of “Satanic TV” and director of “The Satanic Temple of Ministry.” Stevens uses the pen name “Priest Penemue.” According to the Dallas Observer, Stevens “serves on The Satanic Temple’s national council and oversees chapters in Texas, Oklahoma and Florida.” 

Lujan Grisham previously thanked Stevens on Twitter for a retweet (which has now been deleted).

Stevens often posts eyebrow-raising and concerning content on his page, including sexually deviant memes, retweets of Antifa, Black Lives Matter, as well as other satanic cult members.

In a recent tweet, Stevens wrote, “I don’t know who needs to hear this right now, but there is no such thing as ‘giving the religious right an excuse to go against Row v Wade’.

Where have you been for the last half century? They are doing it. They have been doing it. No excuses needed, no floodgates unopened.”

Stevens retweeted an article about his cult’s new “Satanic Religious Abortion Ritual,” which describes the grotesque ritual as follows: 

The Satanic abortion ritual provides spiritual comfort and affirms bodily autonomy, self-worth, and freedom from coercive forces with the affirmation of TST’s Seven Tenets. The ritual is not intended to convince a person to have an abortion. Instead, it sanctifies the abortion process by instilling confidence and protecting bodily rights when undergoing the safe and scientific procedure.

Does Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham know that she is following such an individual, who relishes in the thought of a “Satanic abortion ritual”? This inquiry into the Governor’s followers raises more questions than answers. 

Xochitl can’t say she ‘worked with’ Trump when she voted for a partisan coup to take him down

Xochitl Torres Small is quick to claim she “works with President Trump” on issues while serving in Congress, but not even the left-wing media is buying that anymore, with KOB 4 fact-checking the freshman congresswoman for her deceptive language in campaign ads. 

But the anti-Trump groundwork has already been set with Xochitl Torres Small, not too long ago bashing President Trump in a 2018 interview, claiming the President’s border plans are “clearly ill-informed.” 

Xochitl voted for a radical Democrat bill to condemn President Trump’s tweets, and said President Trump is a “racist.” 

But Xochitl doubled down on her Trump hate when despite herself saying Nancy Pelosi and the Radical Democrats’ impeachment was “not an explicit quid pro quo,” she voted for the partisan measure anyway — ignoring the will of New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, who voted for President Trump by a margin of 10 points in 2016. 

A poll from New Mexico’s 2nd District shows that 66 percent wanted Torres Small to move past impeachment and focus on the work they elected her to do. More than half (56 percent) of all voters in the Second Congressional District opposed Congress impeaching President Trump.

Xochitl voted with Nancy Pelosi 95% of the time — bucking President Trump at every turn. It is a farse for Xochitl to claim she has every “worked with President Trump” when her votes, statements, and ultimately, her choice to impeach him in a partisan sham coup d’etat prove she is not willing to work for anyone but herself.

NM GOP leaders rip into NMOGA chief for weaponizing organization as Dem political machine

On Sunday, the Albuquerque Journal published an op-ed from New Mexico Party Chairman Steve Pearce, New Mexico House Republican Leader Rep. Jim Townsend, and New Mexico Senate Republican Leader Sen. Stuart Ingle nailing the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) for putting out unrealistic expectations for the industry and for sticking their hand into political fights — where they do not belong, other than through their political action committee.

The Republican leaders chide NMOGA’s executive director Ryan Flynn, the former Secretary of Environment for the State of New Mexico under Gov. Susana Martinez, for “painting a very rosy picture about the projected recovery of the oil and gas industry in our state.” They claim Flynn has given a “false portrayal of the industry plays right into the hands of Democrats who want to keep spending as if nothing catastrophic has happened.” 

Also, Flynn is criticized for sticking NMOGA into the 2nd Congressional District fight by praising Democrat Rep. Xochitl Torres Small on the same day that former Democrat Congressman Harry Teague endorsed Torres Small’s challenger, Republican former state Rep. Yvette Herrell for the seat. 

Through an official statement from NMOGA, Flynn said of Torres Small that she “has stood up to those in her party who want to completely ban fracking.” But that is untrue, as Torres Small has “did the exact opposite, when just this past February, she joined with the radicals in Congress like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and voted for a fracking ban. Not only does Flynn’s statement embarrass NMOGA, its timing uncovers Flynn’s premeditated poor decision to use the association as a political weapon. Getting NMOGA involved in this race is not only unethical, but also potentially illegal and risks permanent damage to the association’s reputation,” write the GOP leaders. 

Pearce, Townsend, and Ingle quote former NMOGA Chairwoman Claire Chase, who previously ran for the 2nd Congressional District in their criticism, writing that Chase “sent a campaign fundraising email titled ‘Xochitl Sold Us Out,’ which admonished her for voting ‘to give future presidents the power to ban fracking unilaterally and bankrupt our state.’ Incidentally, Chase has since endorsed Herrell and donated to her campaign.” 

New Mexico Oil and Gas Associaton has also gotten ire from Republicans for their massive donations to the Democrat Party and Democrat Party officials, who consistently vote against the oil and gas industry, such as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s radical “Energy Transition Act,” (ETA) which is dubbed as “New Mexico’s Green New Deal” and supported by Xochitl Torres Small. NMOGA also took a neutral stance on the rabidly anti-oil and gas ETA, which will completely wipe out the energy industry by the year 2050.

The NMOGA PAC has given tens of thousands of dollars to anti-oil and gas Democrats just this election cycle, such as a $25,000 donation to Democrat House Speaker Brian Egolf’s PAC, which will help elect far-left members of the Legislature through its efforts. 

NMOGA also gave Democrat then-Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham $5,500 for her 2018 gubernatorial bid.

The letter concludes as follows:

So, what is Flynn’s motive? We aren’t exactly sure, but this pattern of lies has effectively destroyed any trust we had in him to be a fair advocate for NMOGA. While we cannot dictate to NMOGA who should be running its organization, we would suggest the association consider putting a person in its leadership who does not spread misinformation and puts personal political preferences ahead of the interests of the oil and gas industry and the workers it supports.

NMOGA can repair its reputation as a reliable arbiter of factual information, but the choice is up to its board.

The Association has not released a public statement on the letter, however, it is a clear wake-up call that elected leaders who have been championing the energy industry, as well as candidates like Yvette Herrell, deserve the support to continue promoting oil and gas in New Mexico, not far-left anti-oil politicians such as Brian Egolf and Xochitl Torres Small.

Ben Ray: if Torres Small is not re-elected, ‘it could jeopardize many of our races here in New Mexico’

In a campaign call for Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s U.S. Senate race titled “When We Vote, We Win! A Women for Ben Roundtable,” joined by Democrat Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, many topics were covered. The call was attended by many Democrat Party insiders, including State Auditor Brian Colón, former Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish, former Secretary of State Clara Padilla Andrews, multiple state representatives, candidates, and Democrat party officials. 

While speaking about Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, Luján made a point to speak of her race being rated “the most competitive race in the U.S. House of Representatives,” going on to say that if Torres Small is not re-elected, it could affect his race, as well as that of other Democrats in the state. Luján claimed, “it could jeopardize many of our races here in New Mexico.” Torres Small is running against former New Mexico state Representative Yvette Herrell, who was declared the winner of the 2nd Congressional Race on election night 2018, however, absentee ballots came in swinging the election in Torres Small’s favor.

Torres Small said in the call that she has a “robust team of field organizers” who are working in the district to register voters, and ready to target people in “high-traffic areas.” She noted that her campaign had made 5,000 calls last week to voters. 

Pamelya Herndon, the president of the New Mexico Democrat Party Black Caucus was also on the call, instructing people on the call that they should visit elderly people and drop off their ballots at polling locations, saying the law allows people to deliver “at least one absentee ballot to a polling location” from a person who is not themselves.

She said, “Go by and talk to your senior citizens. See if those ballots have been put in the mail, and if not, pick it up and take it to a polling location… you can take at least one absentee ballot for a member of your family to a polling location. We want every ballot counted, Congressman [Ben Ray Luján] because we want to see that you and Xochitl Torres Small and everybody on that ballot for the Democratic Party gets elected.”

When asked by a state senate candidate about the prospect of Roe v. Wade being overturned, Luján touted his high ratings from pro-abortion groups, saying, “I have an ‘A’ rating form planned Parenthood, a 100% scorecard from Planned Parenthood and NARAL.” He also said, “The clear answer is to only support candidates for the Supreme Court who will support reproductive health care,” meaning abortion. 

Luján plugged Joe Biden’s campaign, bemoaning the fact that Donald Trump was elected in the 2016, saying, “Four years ago, we saw positive polling. I was all but certain that Donald Trump would not be president of the united states,” but that was not the case. 

The rest of the call devolved into short speeches from the panelists trying to fire up the Democrat base, and squeak out a win for Democrats in the November election. 

New Yvette Herrell ad: ‘I’ll work across the lines that divide us’

On Friday, candidate for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, Yvette Herrell, rolled out her first television ad of the 2020 General Election cycle.

The ad shows Herrell in front of familiar places in the Second District, including in front of rural oil fields in southeast New Mexico, chile fields, the Sacramento Mountains located in Otero County, as well as other places. 

Herrell says, “From chile fields to oil fields, farms, to your front yards, I’ve heard you. New Mexico is done with D.C. division. I’m Yvette Herrell. In Congress, I’ll work across the lines that divide us to safely reopen our economy, and I’ll promote innovation in health care to drive down costs and keep our families safe.” The ad ends with the friendly message, “No matter where you live, work, or play, I’ll stand with you.” 

The ad comes out shortly after former Democrat Congressman Harry Teague endorsed Herrell for her race, a huge showing of bipartisanship for her run against incumbent Democrat Rep. Xochitl Torres Small.

Torres Small has attempted to portray herself as a moderate in the race, although she has voted with Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California over 95%, and “Squad” member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about 90% of the time. 

Torres Small voted to impeach President Trump, who won the Second District by 10 points in 2016. She also refused to sign onto a proposal protecting infant abortion survivors who are born alive after a failed abortion attempt by giving them basic medical care, as well as far-left proposals such as universal background check legislation and anti-First Amendment bills.

SF jewelry shop posts pic of MLG with ‘new’ bling — quickly deletes, claiming photo was from 2019

On Wednesday, Tom Taylor Belts, Buckles, Bags shared a photo on Facebook of a maskless Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham at their Santa Fe Plaza store showing off her expensive Zia pendant.

The caption of the photo read, “New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in our Santa Fe store showing off her new B G Mudd Zia pendant.”

According to the retailer’s website, the pendant costs $425. Other items from the downtown boutique range from the hundreds and well into the thousands for artisanal pieces.

Multiple commenters on the post pointed out that the Governor was not wearing a mask, which goes in stark opposition to her massive “Mask Up” and “Protect New Mexico” campaigns urging citizens to wear masks in public.

Lujan Grisham may or may not have been social distancing (6 feet apart) while having her photo taken in the jewelry shop. It is unclear what the jewelry shop’s capacity is, however, Lujan Grisham’s orders allow only for 25% maximum occupancy in any retail setting.

This is not the first time Lujan Grisham has defied her own public health orders, previously buying expensive jewelry from Lilly Barrack in Albuquerque, having the store (which was at the time closed as a non-essential business), reopen just for her so she could make a purchase. 

National figures previously blasted her for the hypocrisy, including leading network television host Laura Ingraham, who described Lujan Grisham as a “fraud,” and ridiculed her “rules for thee but not for me.”

Thousands of New Mexico businesses, including restaurants and hotels, are hurting due to the Governor’s strict regulations, which include a mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state visitors and no indoor dining allowed at restaurants. The restrictions have prompted the cancellation of hundreds of out-of-state reservations at hotels, and over 210 New Mexico restaurants to go into permanent closure. This week, the Governor won a lawsuit in front of the New Mexico Supreme Court allowing her to fine businesses $5,000 for bucking her orders, with one hotel, Trinity Hotel and Restaurant, racking up fines upwards of $100,000.

Lujan Grisham buying expensive jewelry while small businesses and working families suffer may not be the wisest choice.

UPDATE: The jewelry shop updated the post, claiming the photograph was taken in March of 2019, however, they did not explain why the caption said the Governor’s pendant was “new.” Later, the jewelry shop deleted the post altogether.

Similar jewelry to what was allegedly sold to the Governor can be seen in the below August 13 post from the Governor’s Twitter account. However, it cannot be immediately confirmed if this is the same jewelry allegedly sold to the Governor in March of 2019. If the jewelry was indeed purchased in March, it raises multiple questions including why was the photo just posted now, and why did the Facebook post indicate the jewelry was “new” if it was bought well over a year ago.

MLG to headline virtual PA roundtable on Biden’s Latino agenda

Once again, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will be campaigning hard for Joe Biden as she vies for either the vice presidency or a cabinet position in his administration if he were to win in November. This time, Lujan Grisham will be plugging Joe Biden’s Latino agenda at a virtual roundtable in Pennsylvania (nearly 2,000 miles away from New Mexico), which will also be attended by Pennsylvania “leaders and advocates.”

“Biden’s comprehensive plan outlines the steps he would take as president to level the playing field for Latino families and ensure Latino communities in Pennsylvania are able to thrive,” says the link on the event page. Biden released his Latino agenda on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump’s campaign chided the hollow proposal, writing in a release, ““Joe Biden has made false promises to America’s Latinos for decades. His pro-China, anti-worker, globalist policies shipped our jobs overseas,” said Ali Pardo, Deputy Director of Communications for Trump’s campaign. “His support for illegal immigration depressed American workers’ wages, making it harder for everyone, including legal immigrants, to achieve the American Dream.” 

“Many Latinos support President Trump because they understand that his policies actually help families like theirs,” Pardo continued. “The President doesn’t make empty promises – he supercharged America’s economy once, and he will do it again.”

On Thursday, a video was released of Biden praising the Latino community while bashing the Black community as not having a diversity of thought. 

According to a Pennsylvania poll, “49% of Latino voters in Pennsylvania said that selecting Lujan Grisham as the running mate would make them ‘much more likely’ or ‘somewhat more likely’ to vote for Biden against President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, while 17% said that choosing the New Mexico governor would make them ‘much less likely’ or ‘somewhat less likely’ to vote for Biden, and 34% saying that it would have no impact on their vote for Biden.”

Out of the thirteen women in the running, Lujan Grisham is the only Latina in contention for Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate. The virtual event will take place on Friday at 4:00 P.M. EDT or 2:00 MDT.

Lujan does not appear to have any overt ties to the state of Pennsylvania other than her Public Education Department cabinet secretary being from Philadelphia, and currently working in the state of Pennsylvania virtually during COVID-19. 

Joe Biden previously endorsed Lujan Grisham for her 2018 gubernatorial race.

MLG promised New Mexico would be ‘open for business’ in 2018 campaign ad — she lied

During the 2018 campaign for governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham made a lot of promises to the people of New Mexico, and some of those promises are coming back to bite her regarding her response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an August 2018 campaign ad, Lujan Grisham vowed to “promote small businesses and entrepreneurs,” and said “When I’m governor, we’ll be open for business.” 

Lujan Grisham repeated this line in her campaign policy proposals, writing, “we will let industry leaders know that New Mexico is open for business.”

But with the state shut down, 14-day mandatory quarantine for anyone traveling out-of-state, and hundreds of small businesses closing for good, New Mexico does not look anything like the utopia Lujan Grisham promised. New Mexico not only is not “open for business,” it is bleeding for cash, as seen during the 2020 special session, where the Governor’s unsustainable budget was cut due to her irresponsible lack of fiscal responsibility. New Mexico’s largest tourism event, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, is also cancelled, as well as countless revenue-generating events and opportunities.

Lujan Grisham also fined small businesses, which she supposedly supports according to her campaign ad, with up to $60,000 fines for non-compliance with her strict health orders, in stark opposition to her previous claims of support for such businesses.

Now, New Mexico, the most dependent state on federal dollars, could be being intentionally closed — not because of COVID-19, but because of the huge federal aide being offered for each COVID-19 patient. According to a study from Kaiser Health News, New Mexico is receiving $171,000 per coronavirus patient, which may be a reason Lujan Grisham is locking down the state — a stark violation of her campaign promise. New Mexico remains closed for business thanks to Gov. Lujan Grisham.

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