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Breaking Points: 5/25/22 FULL UNCUT SHOW

Krystal and Saagar cover the mass shooting in Texas, primary results across America, PA GOP Senate ballot counting, housing market downturn, Trump raging on TRUTH Social, Jen Psaki joining MSNBC, World Economic Forum agenda, & Australian elections!

Timestamps: Uvalde: 0:0029:18 Primary Results: 29:1953:22 McCormick: 53:2358:10 Housing: 58:111:06:00 Trump: 1:06:011:12:41 Psaki: 1:12:421:21:01 Saagar: 1:21:021:30:21 Krystal: 1:30:221:44:04

5/25 NEWSLETTER: Uvalde Massacre, Primary Results, Housing Market, Trump Rage, World Economic Forum & More!
Welcome to the Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar newsletter for the 5/25 full uncut show. The schedule is a bit different this week, with the show today taking place on Wednesday instead of Tuesday because of scheduling conflicts. This special Wednesday show is going to be a little different, with some extended blocks replacing the guest segment for today. We apologize for any confusion and we hope that you enjoy the show as much as usual.
Now to the contents of the show that can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI-V1gm_fUw
UVALDE
The small, majority Latino town of Uvalde, Texas has been hit with an unspeakable tragedy after a lone gunman fired into an elementary school, killing what was reported as  14 children and a teacher Tuesday evening. The most up to date reports say that 19 children and two teachers have been killed by the mass shooting so far. A statement by Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott confirmed the devastating news about the massacre by a local teenage male. It is hard to properly articulate in this newsletter the level of heartbreak caused by the gut wrenching massacre by a shooter who we will not name. The man had killed his grandmother before a shootout with border patrol agents before he barricaded himself in the school building and slaughtering innocent young children. Quickly, the cryptic and deranged online history of the shooter was dug up before it was taken down by social media companies that hinted at plans to carry out this unspeakable act of violence. Victims ages ranged from 7-11 years old and it marks the deadliest mass shooting since 14 high school students were killed by a lone gunman in Parkland, Florida a few years ago. It was the deadliest shooting in an elementary school since the Sandy Hook, Connecticut tragedy that saw 20 children killed ten years ago. Further, it comes in the wake of the Buffalo mass shooting that saw a teenage gunman target victims in a black neighborhood and kill ten innocent people at a local shop.
There has been a surge in gun purchases in the United States since 2000 that has seen the annual number of firearms manufactured triple over the past 20 years or so, with no signs of letting up. Guns have become a deeply political, hot button issue that has split alongside party lines, with Democrats advocating for more restrictions on gun purchases and Republicans supporting looser rules for obtaining a gun. One notorious right wing interest group in the GOP’s advocacy for easier gun sales has been the National Rifle Association (NRA) whose convention is this Friday in Houston, TX and has Gov. Abbott slated as a speaker. Soon after landing on his flight back to the United States from key diplomatic meetings in Asia, President Biden addressed the nation after the Uvalde shooting. He questioned how America could put up with this level of carnage before attacking the gun lobbies and calling for change on the night of the shooting. This tragedy in Texas is an incredibly difficult one to discuss, and Breaking Points is thinking of the victims and their families after an unfathomable mass slaughter.
PRIMARY RESULTS
The mass shooting in Texas has become the news story of the moment, but the primaries happening in states across America rolled on. In Georgia, GOP Gov. Brian Kemp easily defeated Trump-backed primary challenger David Perdue, a former Senator and business tycoon. Kemp received the wrath from former President Trump about ‘stop the steal’ dating back to 2020 but used a grassroots, issues based campaign to overcome the attacks from Trump and win the primary by a large margin. Similar results took place in the Georgia Secretary of State election, where GOP incumbent Brad Raffensperger was the recipient of even harsher attacks from Donald Trump and still managed to pull out a primary victory against the odds. These results in Georgia have the potential to shake up the GOP because the attacks by Donald Trump are no longer something that can end political careers and it raises the question of how powerful a Trump endorsement is going forward.
In Texas, the GOP Incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton won a primary election against George P. Bush, the son of Jeb Bush and Texas Land Commissioner currently. The victory for Paxton represents the end of the Bush dynasty in the GOP after multiple generations of lawmakers and two Presidents. He is the first member of his family to lose a statewide election in Texas since George HW Bush lost the Texas GOP Presidential primary to Ronald Reagan in 1980. Paxton is currently under FBI investigation and has made himself a close ally of Donald Trump in the ‘stop the steal’ movement to overturn the 2020 election. Paxton has been indicted by the SEC for fraud for seven years and has become a polarizing figure among those who run the Texas GOP. His comfortable primary victory and the political headwinds of the 2022 midterms mean that Paxton is very likely to be re-elected in November.
Another Southern State primary to watch was the GOP Senate contest in Alabama, after Trump unendorsed Rep. Mo Brooks for being ‘woke’ in the Senate campaign. Brooks has gotten a bump in the polls recently, and it is looking like it will be enough for him to make the runoff against businesswoman Katie Britt. The Brooks campaign also points to the question of how significant Trump’s endorsement is, where in some elections it has proven to be decisive and in others the GOP voters reject the former President. Brooks’ runoff campaign against the well funded, GOP establishment backed Britt will be one to watch.
For Democrats, the important primary election of the night is between the TX-28 incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar and challenger Jessica Cisneros. A battle between the establishment wing and progressive wing of the party, the results are air-tight and changing by the minute. As of late Tuesday night, the election was 95% in and Cuellar was up 100 or so votes. The significance of the few remaining votes cannot be overstated, because Democratic leadership went all in for Cuellar and progressives uniformly backed Cisneros. Late in the night, Cuellar called the election up 177 votes on Cisneros but it is likely the result will be contested. The primary campaign where abortion played a big role because of Cuellar’s pro-life stance that contrasts with Cisneros and the broader Democratic party. He is banking on socially conservative Latinos in Texas border counties to deliver the win, and Cisneros is banking on her second primary challenge in a deep blue district to put her over the edge.
MCCORMICK
Pennsylvania GOP Senate candidate Dave McCormick is suing over counting mail in ballots in his contest against Dr. Oz that has come down to extremely slim margins. He is currently down by less than 1,000 votes against Oz and is hoping that ballots without listed dates will be counted by two key counties in PA. The margin between the two candidates is certain to trigger the Pennsylvania recount law and it could take a couple of more weeks to produce a result. Already the RNC is intervening in the lawsuit not because of Dr. Oz but because they are concerned about what they perceive as a challenge to election integrity in the state, a move mirrored by the PA GOP and Oz himself. Meanwhile, the PA department of state is instructing counties to count the remaining mail in ballots pending the result of the lawsuit by McCormick, that could lead to a couple thousand more ballots being counted. Likely the first of many lawsuits surrounding the GOP Senate nomination in Pennsylvania, Breaking Points will continue to provide updates until it is decided who will face John Fetterman in the general election.
HOUSING
A topic that fans of the show are always inquiring about is housing markets, and we do our best to keep viewers updated on what’s going on and why. New home sales in the US have plunged to the lowest amount since the start of the pandemic, because of high prices and a sharp uptick in mortgage rates leaving most Americans unable to keep up. The figures fell well short of the estimates made for April and could signal a decline in a red hot housing market that saw figures go even higher than the peaks before the 2008 financial crisis. The housing market has been characterized by troves of buyers competing with each other for a dwindling supply of available homes. There was also investments from large Wall Street firms and asset managers that exacerbated the issues in the market for home buyers. Another factor at play is the federal reserve policy decision to raise interest rates with the goal of combating inflation. In the past, the fed has used housing markets as a tool for combating inflation by raising interest rates and lowering the number of buyers, as US mortgage rates have seen their most rapid six month rise in decades. The Fed will now have to decide the extent to which they should raise rates to stabilize the housing market and inflation as a whole without generating a devastating recession. A critical pillar for building wealth, the purchase of a home has become increasingly out of reach for the younger generations of Americans and new families looking to take up roots with their children.
TRUMP
A subject of discussion in the earlier blocks of the show, President Donald Trump is now the central subject of the E block. He spent his weekend raging on his social networking platform TRUTH Social about a host of topics from the Wall Street Journal to Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) and sharing calls for civil war. The emotional outburst from the former President comes during a time where the amount of power he has over the GOP might be dwindling, with the success of some of his biggest targets for criticism since 2020 in Georgia. He has seen losses in GOP Gubernatorial and Congressional primaries in the past couple of election days, none at the level of humiliation suffered by David Perdue in Georgia. Some have speculated that the removal of Trump’s account on Twitter might have been good for him and the right more broadly, because his ranting will not be able to generate news cycles like it once did. It is likely that cable news organizations will pick up on what Trump says elsewhere, assuming the TRUTH Social network he has built is operational for the foreseeable future. What’s less certain is how powerful he will continue to be in the Republican Party as 2024 speculation begins in public and power brokers make moves behind the scenes.
PSAKI
Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced her move to MSNBC that had been widely reported on in the weeks leading up to her departure from the Biden administration. She will be a host and commentator for the network beginning in the fall before the November midterm elections take place, which are predicted to be a major defeat for Biden and the Democratic party. She will now be in a press room surrounded by Democratic party supporters at MSNBC, making the functional change in her job minimal compared to being the public spokesperson for the White House in front of the press. The ethical issues that arose when Psaki was negotiating her current position while serving the administration highlighted the lack of distance between the Democratic party’s cheerleaders at MSNBC and the executive branch. When her punditry begins and her show is launched, the ethical questions and ratings figures will be closely watched by this program and other critics of Jen Psaki.
SAAGAR
In his monologue today, Saagar takes aim at the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland where global elite billionaires plan out in the open what they plan on doing in the next few years. Most famous of all was their ‘great reset’ plan released back in 2020 that has generated much scrutiny and speculation especially during the covid 19 pandemic because of the guidelines imposed at the time. At the most recent WEF, Australian ‘esafety’ commissioner Julia Inman Grant spoke about recalibration of free speech and other fundamental rights in a candid reflection of how global elites view those they are tasked with ruling. It represents a view held by leaders in countries that do not prioritize free speech and enables the government to crack down on dissenters in ways unfathomable in America. This criticism applies to western, European countries as well, and it exists with liberal American elites who supported the defunct ‘disinformation’ board.
Twitter CEO Parag Agarwal is another global elite who reflects the lack of support for the first amendment, and who imposed stricter content sharing policies on the site for the sake of ‘harm reduction’ at the expense of political discourse. Pictures and videos from phones posted without the consent of the other party are jeopardized by Twitter’s policy that is taken directly from EU privacy laws supported by global elites. At the WEF itself, journalist Jack Posobiec was approached by police and told to stop filming from outside the venue with the WEF police using the European privacy laws and other laws in Switzerland as a justification for intimidation. The Davos system where this is permitted and free speech online is not guaranteed allows the powerful to become more powerful with less of an ability for journalists to challenge them and spread their content. That is why Davos matters for broader global populations and what is said at the World Economic Forum should be heavily scrutinized.
After the monologue, Krystal and Saagar discuss the importance of free speech and how the rules being proposed by the WEF would have led to the George Floyd death video to be taken down. The elites at Davos say their agenda out loud in the open, as they gloss their global agenda with the veneer of social responsibility that never addresses the destruction that elites have orchestrated. There is no need for conspiracies about Davos when the World Economic Forum is public in its beliefs, and online theories only give them more power to impose the agenda.
KRYSTAL 
In her monologue today, Krystal takes a look at the Australian elections that took place and saw the ousting of the current prime minister. It began with a brutal gaffe during the wildfires in Australia when PM Scott Morrison was on vacation in Hawaii that caused mass public outrage. He dismissed the criticism of his vacation at the time when public outrage drove him back to the country and he addressed the nation. While Australia was burning down at rates never before seen, Morrison was enjoying himself swimming in the beaches in Sydney when he returned from Hawaii. The lack of a response on climate change was the beginning of the end, as issues with vaccine rollouts, lockdowns, corruption, sexual assault, and other problems made Morrison appear to be a disconnected figure who never took responsibility. When election day came around, his center right liberal party was handed big losses as part of a major rejection of the two political parties in Australia. The center-left labor party, the other of the major parties, benefitted from the rejection of liberals, but there was also a surge in independent voters. Labor and liberal both saw major declines in voters’ first preference, and labor was able to win despite receiving its lowest first preference in history. Australia’s ranked choice voting system led to the next PM to be a labor party leader without much of a mandate at all.
Two smaller parties that rose were the Teals, a party of typical liberal voters dissatisfied about the corruption of the party and its climate policy. The other was the Australian Green Party that ran on a left populist platform centered around radical climate action. It is looking like the Greens will have the largest minor party stake in the country since 1949. Similar trends are happening in other parts of the world from France to the United States. In America, 60% of voters are open to an independent candidate not named Biden or Trump and the vote share of independent voters continues to rise. The other major electoral takeaway from Australia is the electoral salience of climate issues that could become more present in global elections as climate change wreaks havoc on other nations in the way it as the Aussies. Polling showed large majority support for more climate action in Australia and a belief that climate change is impacting the country. The surge in support for Green parties has been taking place across Europe in a similar fashion, and it has become present in the US Left within the Democratic party. While Australia is a unique country whose domestic politics are about the nation and not the globe, trends happening across the developed world are worth taking notice of.
After the monologue, Krystal and Saagar go back and forth on the spike in the independent vote in Australia that has reflected global trends of domestic voter bases being dissatisfied with elites and institutions. Then they go through how Australia has become more hawkish on China and concerned about climate because of the extremely dire situation on climate happening over there.
There is no guest segment today because of the extended A and B blocks that took up plenty of the show time today. Thank you for reading the May 25th Breaking Points premium newsletter and send any feedback to james@breakingpoints.com or commenting on YouTube. The next show will be tomorrow and the regular M/T/Th schedule will resume next week!

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