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Jewelry Store Just Infuriated Proud Americans With Sick NFL Billboard They Put Up – Backfires BIG TIME!

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There have been a number of bad ideas floated this week. Chief among them, in my opinion, was Nike’s “Just Do It” ad campaign featuring former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. I still think in the long run that is really going to hurt their brand. But there were other missteps as well… and one of them is a doozy.

Garieri Jewelers is a small business in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. They have just proven why you should not try and capitalize on politics in your marketing campaigns. Now, they are under fire from both sides for their blunder.

They have erected a billboard that the left is labeling racist. On the right, it’s being viewed as taking the kneeling during the National Anthem issue too lightly in the face of disrespect for our country, our police officers, our military veterans and our first responders. Not cool.

Garieri Jewelers set up an ad on a billboard along Route 20 in Charlton that shows a young man kneeling on a football field with an engagement ring asking his best girl to marry him. The caption reads, “If you’re going to take a knee this season, please have a ring in your hand.”

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You might look at that and say the owner is making a clever statement that you should only kneel to ask your paramour to marry you on the field. But doing that during the National Anthem would not be good either. I guess the left sees it as racist because the couple is white… I don’t get it.

This idea was probably spawned by the Nike ad. It backfired big time and infuriated proud Americans from both sides of the political aisle. The store owner says it was a play on words surrounding the NFL player protest of kneeling during the National Anthem.

“It was intended to be attention-getting,” said Scott Garieri, the owner. He admits he was looking for attention here, but what he didn’t count on is what kind he would get.

“Someone saw it, pulled in off Route 20 and took a picture of it and then went off about how racist it is,” said Garieri. “Then they started attacking us, they wanted to come in and vomit on the [jewelry] cases, they were going to urinate on our sidewalks.” One social media comment went as far as suggesting Garieri’s daughter kill herself.

That’s the world we live in now, laid bare by social media. Death threats over a billboard that is in bad taste are terroristic in nature and just over the top violent and inexcusable. And when you see threats like these, most of the time, in my experience, they are from leftists.

Nike’s controversial ad bears the slogan: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Kaepernick has sacrificed nothing and those such as the police and our veterans have sacrificed everything. Meanwhile, Kaepernick makes millions.

I guess the store owner somehow thought this would be good for business but it was a phenomenally bad idea. When you have a social controversy such as the National Anthem issue with tempers running hot on both sides, you should never try and use it as a sales tactic. You just wind up ticking everyone off.

To be fair to the jewelry store owner, he says he opposes kneeling during the National Anthem. But his ad tried to capitalize on it and some see that as a sick form of self-capitalization. “I’m a firm believer in respecting the country, respecting the flag, respecting the National Anthem,” said Garieri.

One man named Mike Brady works near where that billboard is located. It had the opposite effect on him and he says it made him realize that discussions on social justice should be taken more seriously. That sounds very liberal to me.

“I have family members who fought at war and died at war, the National Anthem is very sacred,” said Brady. “At the same time, I have a son who is biracial. I can certainly see the players’ position on social issues need a lot more attention and how do we bring attention to it.”

“It wasn’t meant to be racist, business is business,” said Garieri. Yes, but some business is very bad business. See Marketing 101.

Garieri says the billboard is staying up because it’s generated so much response it’s worth the negative backlash. He may regret that a great deal and soon, but who knows? Nike’s sales jumped 31 percent this week – that won’t hold, but it says an awful lot about the current state of our politics in this country.

 

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Details Of The Death Threats Mrs. Kavanaugh Is Getting Will Churn Your Stomach

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As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service in the world, RWN offers the following information published by The Daily Caller:

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh has received a battery of death threats in recent days, after allegations appeared in the press that the judge sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in 1982.

The vivid missives are just one iteration of the inflamed rhetoric surrounding Kavanaugh’s nomination to the high court, following Ford’s accusations. The Ford family has similarly been threatened.

“May you, your husband and your kids burn in hell,” one message to Mrs. Kavanaugh read.

Another told Mrs. Kavanaugh to put a bullet in her husband’s skull.

The Wall Street Journal obtained the emails on Thursday, which were delivered as federal law enforcement is tracking an uptick in threats against Judge Kavanaugh and his family. The messages were sent to Mrs. Kavanaugh’s work email address. The U.S. Marshals Service is pursuing the matter.

The Kavanaugh family has drawn intense media attention since Ford’s accusations were publicized Sunday in The Washington Post. Mrs. Kavanaugh delivered cupcakes to a gaggle of reporters stationed outside their home on Tuesday.

Mrs. Kavanaugh is no stranger to political conflict. She was an assistant to former President George W. Bush when he was governor of Texas and later served as his personal secretary in the White House. She is currently a town manager in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Ford herself has also been subject to vile threats. She and her family have been forced from their home in California and remain concerned for their safety, according to her attorneys.

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Republicans Quietly Set All-Time Record While Democrats Collapse Overnight

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While the American Left is busy trying to pull the rug from under hard-working Americans by pushing an anti-Trump narrative that’s about as believable as the conspiracy that the earth is flat, the GOP was doing a bit of magic of its own.

It’s now being reported that the Republican National Committee has smashed all fundraising records by raising $213 million so far for the fall midterm elections. And what’s even better is the fact the 99% of the money comes from small donations.

Here is more via CNN:

“The Republican National Committee has raised more than $200 million this election cycle, according to an RNC official, the fastest the committee has reached the milestone in a midterm period.

The fundraising achievement, which was expected after the committee came within $900,000 of $200 million last month, is significant for a party that is trying to buck historical norms in 2018. The political party in power traditionally gets rejected at the ballot box two years after they take power, a fact that President Donald Trump has mentioned numerous times in public and private as Republicans prepare for November.

The RNC raised $13.9 million in the month of June — the most it has raised in that month in a non-presidential year — bringing its total fundraising haul to $213 million for the 2017-2018 cycle.

The committee has $50.7 million in the bank and no debt.

The RNC’s numbers will officially be released on Friday when the committee files with the Federal Election Commission.

The RNC haul far eclipses the more than $101 million the Democratic National Committee has raised this cycle, giving the committee upwards of five times the amount of cash-on-hand as the Democrats.

“What I see when I travel the country is that Americans continue to be enthusiastic about President Trump and the Republican agenda,” RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. “That enthusiasm has allowed for me to grow our war chest and invest it into what has become the biggest ground game in our Party’s history.”

Despite the excitement McDaniel says she has experienced traveling the country, polling has consistently shown Democrats, motivated by anti-Trump fervor, are more excited to vote in 2018 and see the election as a referendum on the President. That excitement, though, has not turned into a fundraising boon for the DNC.

The DNC raised $67 million in 2017, half of the $132.5 million the RNC raised that year. And, to date, the committee has raised $101 million this cycle, according to a DNC official, a number that pales in comparison to the RNC haul.

The fundraising woes have left the Democrats without much in the bank. According to its last FEC report, the RNC had $47 million in cash on hand, five times as much as the $9 million the Democrats have.

Party Chair Tom Perez, who was tasked with rebuilding a beleaguered DNC after Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016, has tried to focus on fundraising while also investing their smaller war chest in more strategic ways than previous chairs.

“For me, the north star is not can we match them dollar for dollar,” Perez told CNN of the RNC. “It is can we raise the money we need to execute our game plane.”

The DNC under Perez, for example, has spent no money on television ads, something his predecessors did do.

McDaniel, who became RNC chair in December 2016, has led the committee’s effort to raise massive sums during the 2018 midterms.

With an eye on investing $250 million into the party’s midterm efforts, McDaniel has spent a bulk of her time traveling from state-to-state to raise money for the party.”

Western Journalism is reporting that this is, in fact, the fasted the GOP has ever surpassed the $200 million mark during a midterm election year. Which would point to the fact that people are happy with President Donald Trump and his agenda.

Chairwoman of the GOP Ronna McDaniel has said she is traveling the nation and that she sees the fact that people are happy with the Republican agenda wherever she goes. And that’s what is causing this influx of funds at such a high rate of speed. McDaniel has held over 88 fundraisers and is on the phone with donors for six hours a day.

Now what’s even better is that according to the fundraiser numbers that will be released today the Republican party broke the record for the most amount of money raised in June during a non-presidential election year: $13.9 million. And what’s perhaps even a better gauge is that the GOP also has $50.7 million in the bank and zero debt. This alone places them well ahead of the Democrat National Committee, which has raised $101 million and has $9 million on hand. That’s 5 times less than the money the RNC has to spend in the upcoming midterms. This is not a new problem for the DNC, in 2017 they were only able to raise $67 million compared to the $132.5 million raised by the RNC. Pretty pathetic if you consider the DNC owns all of Hollywood.

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