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"This is extortion!" Corrupt politicians want the money for themselves

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Politicians shut down businesses because of COVID-19. But the rules don't apply to everyone.

In San Francisco, gyms were forced to close, but government gyms stayed open.

In my new video, we see a Dallas woman being jailed for keeping her salon open and a New Jersey man getting arrested after working out indoors.

Ordinary people who break the rules get punished. But not House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Politicians are special.

Now, politicians have allowed more businesses to open. Dallas relaxed its rules for most businesses a few months ago.

But not for Dale Davenport's car wash. Dallas won't allow Dale to reopen because, shortly before the epidemic, they decreed his car wash a "hub for drug sales and crime."

 

His car wash is indeed in the middle of a high-crime neighborhood, and many cities have laws that let them close a business if the owners conceal crime.

But Davenport didn't do that. When he saw crime, he called 911. Dallas politicians then used his 911 calls against him, saying his frantic phone calls were evidence his business was a "public nuisance."

"This is absolutely crazy," complains Davenport.

Still, Davenport "bent over backwards" to do almost everything the politicians asked him to do.

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