Violence Runs Rampant

The Left is either there or going INSANE!

I knew some anti-Trumpsters in the G.O.P., members of the Democrat Party and Socialists further left than Dems, have turned into mind-bots bent on the destruction of President Trump and all he stands for. But what is playing out almost daily was unimaginable a couple of years ago. We are actually seeing violence — severe violence (if there is such a thing as “non-severe” violence!) — playing out on a national stage from Leftists not directly at Mr. Trump, but at those who work with and for him, visibly support his agenda, or are simply NOT Democrats. Sure, he won the election and many don’t like that. But is that a sufficient reason for people to morph into Apocalyptic zombies who attack anyone who supports this President?

Want a few examples?

Las Vegas, Nevada

A longtime College of Southern Nevada sociology professor is facing felony gun charges in connection with an on-campus shooting on the second day of classes. Mark J. Bird, 69, was charged last month with discharging a gun within a prohibited structure, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and possessing a dangerous weapon on school property, court records show. He was found bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his arm about 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 28 outside a bathroom in the Charleston campus K building. Inside the bathroom, campus police found a $100 bill taped to a mirror along with a note that said, “For the janitor,” according to Bird’s arrest report. On the floor of the restroom were a black-and-white, .22-caliber pistol and one spent shell casing. The sociology professor was hired Aug. 26, 1993, and was an emeritus faculty member at the time of the shooting, college spokesman Richard Lake said. Bird was not scheduled to teach any courses during the fall 2018 semester.

Northern California

A Castro Valley, California man shouting profanities about President Trump attacked a Republican congressional candidate who was working an election booth at a town festival, threatening him and trying to stab him with a switchblade, authorities and the candidate said Tuesday.
Farzad Vincent Fazeli, 35, was jailed after the alleged Sunday attack on Rudy Peters at the Castro Valley Fall Festival. Alameda County prosecutors charged Fazeli on Tuesday with a felony count of making criminal threats and misdemeanor counts of exhibiting a deadly weapon and possessing a switchblade.

Berkley

(Los Angeles TIMES) There can be no justification for the violence perpetrated by a group of leftist protesters who attacked supporters of President Trump and others during an otherwise peaceful “rally against hate” in Berkeley.

Whether they are described as “black bloc” or anarchists — the nomenclature isn’t important — the masked, black-clad protesters are criminals, not the vanguard of a righteous resistance to fascism. They also are traitors to the thousands of peaceful demonstrators who gathered in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Park to counter a “No to Marxism in America” rally — a non-event that drew a relatively small contingent of right-wingers after its organizer, fearing violence, had urged supporters to stay home.

The punches black bloc protesters are throwing are injuring their own side.

This is thuggery, not activism. And it has become too familiar a phenomenon in Berkeley, belying its reputation as a citadel of free speech. In February, for example, 150 black-clad agitators caused $100,000 worth of damage when they smashed through the city protesting a planned UC Berkeley speech by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. The speech was canceled.

All Across America

Every day brings new examples of the supposedly open-minded, inclusive, tolerant, peace-loving Left threatening or attacking Trump administration officials or Trump supporters. Hatred and intolerance have been the standard operating procedure on the extreme Left. But thanks to enablers among Democrats and the press, it’s quickly becoming dangerously “mainstream.”

Here are some of the ways in just the past few days that the left has expressed its tolerance for those it disagrees with:

  • Martin Astrof went to the campaign headquarters of Rep. Lee Zeldin and then threatened to kill Zeldin and Trump supporters generally, according to news accounts of the incident. As he left, he nearly ran over a campaign staffer with his car.
  • An angry Trump critic allegedly punched a homeowner in Boynton Beach, Fla., for having a Trump flag in his front yard, and then dragged the homeowner 30 feet while driving away.
  • A bookstore owner in Richmond, Va., called the cops after a woman started harassing former Trump advisor Steven Bannon, who was browsing in the store. Former Clinton aide Philippe Reines later tweeted out the bookstore owner’s contact information, in a thinly veiled attempt to encourage attacks on the store. Reines defended the tweet, saying, “I’m providing a service.”
  • A group of “protesters” following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell out of a restaurant in Kentucky shouted “vote you out” and “we know where you live, bitch.”
  • Brandon Straka — a gay former liberal who posted a video complaining that “the Left devolved into intolerant, inflexible, illogical, hateful, misguided, ill-informed, un-American, hypocritical, menacing, callous, ignorant, narrow-minded, and at times blatantly fascistic behavior and rhetoric” and sparked the #walkaway Twitter trend — says a local camera store refused to serve him. Thereby proving his point. “I’m shaking right now,” Straka tweeted Thursday. “I just went into a camera store to buy a camera and a light and mic, etc., and they recognized me from TV. I was refused service because they said it was for ‘alt-right’ purposes.”
  • Alan Dershowitz, once the darling of the liberal left until he started to question the merits of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, says that a woman at a party on Martha’s Vineyard was heard saying, “if Dershowitz were here tonight, I’d stab him through the heart.”
  • Horror novelist and reliable Trump-hater Steven King sent a tweet over July 4 encouraging progressives to “go find a Trump-supporting friend — the one you haven’t spoken to since November of 2016 — and give him or her a hug. Trumpies, find a ‘liberal snowflake’ friend and do the same. Just for today, let’s all be Americans.” The response was an outpouring of outrage at King, with one woman tweeting that it was “The scariest thing you’ve ever written.”
    A Fast-Growing List

Breitbart News recently started compiling what it characterizes as “acts of media-approved violence and harassment against Trump supporters.” The list is now up to 258 — and climbing fast. So far this month, Breitbart counts more than two dozen incidents of threats, intimidation, and violence against Trump officials and supporters, or mainstream journalists excusing such actions. That’s likely just scratching the surface since no doubt many cases of abuse go unreported.

Not Just Physical Violence

Is Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins being bribed to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh? That’s what she and others are saying.

A Crowdpac crowdfunding campaign to encourage Collins to vote against Kavanaugh has the senator and others sounding the alarm. The conservative-leaning news site Newsmax reported on Monday that a prominent Republican elections lawyer is calling for an investigation into what it described as a more than $1 million “threat” hanging over Collins’s head, depending on her vote on Kavanaugh. In a statement to Newsmax, Collins said she believed there was an attempt to “bribe” her vote and said she wouldn’t be the target of “quid pro quo fundraising.”

Summary

Where did this all begin? When did it all begin?

Beginning with the Obama campaign ahead of the 2008 election, the division between conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, began to ramp up. Obama represented drastic and dramatic changes for American voters to contemplate: and not just racially. He brought to the campaign radical new ideas that heretofore had never been a big part of any presidential campaign. There were socialist candidates and even Communist candidates on past ballots. But all past non-traditional political representatives drew sparse support among voters.

Obama represented something new and different for a new and different generation. For generations, Americans had experienced the same structured, starchy, tired political process in which pretty much old, pontificating politicians campaigned every two years with promises of the moon. When elected, all voters received were moonbeams and a bigger tax bill: Oh, and a smaller paycheck.

Obama was different. He had a fresh new way to package some historically old political principles that had been summarily rejected in the past. But he didn’t call his ideas Socialism or Communism. And his young, refreshing, and vibrant way of delivery made him an instant rockstar. He was amazingly effective selling a bottle of your grandmother’s rose water that had been repackaged and labeled “Excellante Parfume.”

The packaging was good enough to draw enough from the “past” generation to join those politically disenfranchised from the “new” generation to elect and then re-elect him.

After the 2012 election, Obama realized something: “You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig.” He re-packaged his politics, but he didn’t quite get the results he thought he should. But he was successful at turning the heads of a young generation of Americans who knew very little else politically other than his politics. He had sowed the seed of breaking away, of demanding change and going after it. He was the first president since Reagan to give Americans a new direction and then leading the country in that direction.

Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, she could not maintain the cloud of optimism he created above Millennials — the sun burnt it away to reveal the truth. There were no jobs, no big salaries. College was expensive, and so was living on your own. Employers expected employees to work before “earning” paid vacations. Cell phones and cars and house rent or house payments cost a lot. The “Obama-phone” and “Cash for Clunkers” and Billion Dollar government handouts to Solyndra and those shovel-ready jobs were never really there or never worked. People became angry because the gravy-train was either gone or it never existed.

Enter Donald Trump.

There were enough of those who remembered the old “reap and sow” principle upon which America was founded: “You get out of life equal to what you put in,” there are NO free rides, everyone has to work to eat, to not just listen to his campaign speeches, but to believe he could and would do what he promised if elected.

Many didn’t like that: after all, it was an unpopular truth he talked about.  And when they went to get answers, those Mainstream news outlets that they had turned to gave them reinforcement for their anger at things not being what was promised. Things like this:

NY POST

President Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on the media as the “enemy of the people” are close to sparking violence that could lead to journalists being attacked around the world, the outgoing United Nations human rights commissioner said, according to a report Monday.
“We began to see a campaign against the media … that could have potentially, and still can, set in motion a chain of events which could quite easily lead to harm being inflicted on journalists just going about their work and potentially some self-censorship,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said, the Guardian reported.
“And in that context, it’s getting very close to incitement to violence,” he said.

CNN

Three people who were pushed and shoved while protesting at a 2016 Donald Trump campaign rally cannot sue the President for inciting the crowd, a federal appeals court has ruled. The three-judge panel ruled unanimously Tuesday in favor of the President, saying that Trump saying “Get ’em out of here” during the rally in Louisville, Kentucky, was not a valid claim of “incitement to riot,” which is a misdemeanor under Kentucky law.

Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau attended a rally for Trump on March 1, 2016, to “peacefully protest” the then-candidate. Nwanguma was carrying a sign with Trump’s head on a pig’s body, according to multiple news reports.

After Trump said “Get ’em out of here,” several members of the audience — including Matthew Heimbach, a representative of the white nationalist Traditionalist Workers Party, and Alvin Bamberger — began to attack the protesters, according to a judge’s ruling last year.

The three protesters accused Heimbach and Bamberger of assault and battery and pressed charges of incitement to riot, negligence, gross negligence and recklessness against the Trump campaign. The negligence claims arising from the plaintiffs’ allegations that Trump knew his supporters would attack protesters. In particular, the complaint says that Trump’s directive to eject Nwanguma, a black woman, was reckless, given the presence of a white nationalist group in the audience.

Where are We?

The Left defends such actions as justified because of Trump’s policies or his actions. The truth is, this is how extremists on the left always respond to politicians and policies they disagree with. They threaten, intimidate and try to shut them down. If you don’t think so, try attending a speech by a conservative speaker at any liberal college in the U.S. Yes, we know, there are haters on the Right. And Trump can be crude and abusive. But that’s the point. Even a whiff of hatred or intolerance on the Right always — and correctly — receives widespread condemnation, including by Republicans. The same is not true on the Left — not even close.

Instead, Democrats and their handmaidens in the press are busy normalizing violent, abusive, intolerant behavior … when not encouraging more of it. They seem to have forgotten that we live in a representative democracy, where we settle debates over public policies — peacefully — at the voting booth.

We have a chance to settle that dispute again in November. The Media will not accept anything else but a bloodbath at the expense of Republicans. But it seems that even that will not stop the anger and violence. That doesn’t all come from angry young Americans. Sure, much of it does come from those youngsters. But they’re joined by many 1960’s radicals that bear the mark of the last move of Anarchy in the U.S.: marches, bombings, riots, campus shootings, increases in violent crime.

There are only two ways to change the tide: vote and pray.

The prayer needs to start now — WAY before election day.

In fact, I surely hope it has already started.

 

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Anyone Else Think Trump Really Knows What’s Going On?

The TruthNewsNetwork previously posted a detailed article in which we looked at “possibilities” for what might be REALLY going on regarding the relationship between the President and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (The Mueller “Blockbuster” posted 8/22/2018) We received mixed responses and thoughts on our thoughts. But we are not the only ones who think President Trump is smarter than many think, and especially more clever than Mainstream Media pundits who seem to be driven by one thing and one thing only: to drive Donald Trump out of the White House. What’s oddest about that is the blatant unethical journalistic actions by the MSM who totally ignore any and all achievements by the Trump Administration in the last 18 months. They refuse to cover any “real news,” instead opting for “media fodder” that in most cases is nothing but gossip.

Here’s a perspective from one writer — a blogger that goes by “@drawandstrike” — given in a slightly different way. Please remember that we are always open to the perspective of others. However, we do NOT guarantee that their opinions are accurate and are just that: opinions.

Always remember our mantra at truthnewsnet.org: “Just because you believe something is true doesn’t mean it’s true. And just because you believe something is wrong doesn’t mean it’s wrong.”

Enjoy!

@drawandstrike

Sessions didn’t do anything today he hasn’t done for a year and a half after Trump calling him out and complaining about him on Twitter. “I’m going to do the best job I can, I won’t let politics interfere in how the DOJ fulfills it’s duty to the country, etc. etc.”

Let’s go over how this supposedly real rift between the President of the United States, and the most important appointment he made in his entire administration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, got started.

We were asked to believe Trump The Clueless had no idea Sessions would have to recuse himself from overseeing/directing DOJ investigations related to the 2016 election in which Sessions was a MEMBER of one of the campaigns in the election. Let’s see a show of hands: Who really thinks Trump was DUMB enough to not know Sessions couldn’t be in charge of or oversee the Hillary Email investigation or any of the other investigations arising from the 2016 election in which he was involved? Didn’t Trump see the conflict? We’re also expected to believe that before he recused himself, Sessions read some statute and suddenly realized “HOLY COW….I’M GOING TO HAVE TO RECUSE MYSELF!” and this happened immediately after he was sworn in. Sessions was so surprised to realize this, he recused himself immediately before giving Trump a heads up he was going to do it. Again: let’s see a show of hands: who thinks this is how it REALLY happened? After Trump won the election, & announced he was going to nominate Sessions to be his AG, what did the MEDIA spend weeks doing?

“Sessions is going to be Trump’s ATTACK DOG at the DOJ. Trump’s going to send him after Hillary & Obama.”

And the media spent weeks asking this question: “How can Sessions have control of investigations into the 2016 election when HE HIMSELF was a member of one of the campaigns? This can’t be allowed! Conflict of interest! The fix is in!”

Well, they were worried over nothing. On the surface, they saw Clueless Trump raging at Sessions over his sudden recusal, catching Trump completely by surprise. They all pointed their fingers at Trump and laughed loudly. “HA HA HA YOU MORON!”

While all THAT was underway, nobody noticed THIS GUY and what he was announcing. For weeks all the DOJ news was fixated on the feud between Trump and his now-recused AG. Trump was counting on Sessions and Sessions let him down!

Everything you know about the ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ plot, the insurance policy, it’s ALL from Horowitz’s digging. He found it first and then he passed it off to Congress. Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, Bruce & Nellie Ohr. While he was digging, NOBODY WAS WATCHING HIM. What was everybody watching from January 2017 to October 2017, when Horowitz & his team of DOJ investigators suddenly broke the surface & began passing to Congress what they found?

They were watching these two guys ‘feuding’.

“I’M SO UNHAPPY WITH HIM.”
“I’m doing my job.”

Who found out where the Steele dossier really came from and who paid for it?

Horowtiz.

Who found the Strzok/Page text messages & all the evidence therein about insurance policies and CI’s cent to entrap the Trump team?

Horowitz.

Who revealed Bruce Ohr, a guy having no official role in the FBI’s Trump/Russia investigation was inserting himself in the middle of it, backchanneling meetings with Christopher Steele/Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS to pass on info after Steele was fired?

Horowitz.

Yet for 10 months the big news out of the DOJ is “OH LOOK TRUMP IS STILL MAD AT SESSIONS. Will these two ever get along?”

While all the evidence of the Crossfire Hurricane plot was being collected.

Everybody focused on what they were SUPPOSED to focus on. A very public catfight on social media.

Nobody was looking where Trump and Sessions didn’t want them to look. A very quiet investigation that didn’t leak anything.

The *genesis* of the Trump/Sessions feud never made any sense. Yet people bought the cover story, which is exactly what they were supposed to do.

You don’t just fool your enemies with this kind of disinformation operations. You have to fool most of your FRIENDS too.

Now let’s look at a couple more points where the cover story is that Trump is clueless/helpless/outsmarted.

Seen the recent coverage of Trump *suddenly*, after a year & a half, deciding to yank a bunch of security clearances?

What’s the cover story there? After 18 months in office, Trump suddenly slaps his forehead and goes “Wait a minute: Brennan, Comey, Clapper…all these people are leaking and trying to hurt me! I better yank their security clearances! Wow, I shoulda done this long ago!”
Trump could have yanked these clearances at any time in the last 18 months. But we’re asked to believe he waited 18 months because he’s timid, shy, not sure of himself, or something.

Here’s another cover story we’re supposed to buy: Trump can declassify anything he wants to. FISA Warrants, you name it. He just talked about it doing it AGAIN in his Fox News interview this morning.

Why hasn’t he done it yet?

“He’s scared.” Or “He’s not allowed to.”

Trump’s all for declassifying the entire evidence of the Crossfire Hurricane plot but darn it, something, it’s not clear what, just keeps staying his hand. It’s sad, really.

How about this? Just consider it. He’s waiting for something.

There is NOBODY in the gov’t that could stop him from declassifying the Carter Page FISA warrant. So if Trump hasn’t done it yet, he’s got good and valid reasons and he isn’t going to tell me or any other yahoo on Twitter what they are until HE’S ready.

Let’s go onto another point. There’s a popular narrative that Trump came into office blind, having no idea whatsoever his campaign was being spied on & the target of a plot led by top fed. officials.

I never bought it, but hey, some people still do.

According to this narrative, after Trump came into office flying blind, he slowly became aware of the abuses and spying. This narrative says Trump only slowly began to take action to counter the plot.

This is how they explain way Trump supposedly blowing the two most crucial appointments he made when it comes to exposing/stopping the Crossfire Hurricane plot.

See, Trump didn’t know. So he appointed Sessions and Rosenstein. He blew it.

Well, I’ve seen plenty of evidence Trump DID know. Trump DID know his campaign was being spied, he DID know about much of the Crossfire Hurricane plot.

I’ll give you just one example. Suddenly moving his transition team to Bedminster NJ from Trump Tower.

After winning the election, Trump formed a transition team to get ready to assume office, reach out to people he wanted to appoint, etc.

It was based in Trump Tower.

On Nov 17, Trump suddenly makes an announcement he’s moving it. He moved his transition team from his Manhattan offices to his golf club in New Jersey. That looks pretty chaotic, like bad planning, doesn’t it? Win the election on Nov. 8, form a transition team, settle it down in Trump Tower, got all the logistics of that worked out and…not even 10 days later you’re suddenly shifting the whole team to another state.

Hmmmm. I wonder if….anything happened on Nov. 17, say, earlier in the day that might have suddenly prompted Trump to say “Wow, I’d better move my entire transition team, which just got formed & settled in here, to some other place!”

Well, golly lookee here. Turns out NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers, completely unannounced, dropped in to visit Trump at Trump Tower on Nov. 17.

Look how the media covered this:

“Rogers Begs Trump For His Job”

Obama Is Considering Removing N.S.A. Leader
Top officials have urged the president to remove Adm. Michael S. Rogers, citing concern over his efforts to combat the Islamic State and guard secrets.
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/us/politics/obama-remove-NSA-leader-Michael-rogers.html

Yes, that’s how the media covered this. Mike Rogers, hat in hand, rushed to Trump Tower to beg…BEG…Trump not to fire him.

Here’s the real story:

Occam’s Razor – Did NSA Admiral Mike Rogers Warn Trump On November 17th, 2016?
So you know what the LATEST date possible is for Trump knowing his campaign is being spied on, all their phone calls, text messages, emails collected? It’s November 17th, 2016. So you can take that narrative that Trump came into office flying blind and not knowing fed. Intel agencies had been weaponized to target him and dismiss it. He knew. He came into office knowing.
IF Trump came into office knowing the DOJ/FBI/CIA/State Dept and other intelligence agencies had been used to spy on him during the campaign & were now going to be used to sabotage him in office, then the appointments he makes to the DOJ, CIA & other agencies are critical.
But you are now being asked to believe a narrative in which Trump, being aware of all this, blew the two most crucial appointments he had to make: Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General.

Everything we’ve discovered about the ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ plot beginning in October of 2017, Trump knows too. In fact, he knew all of this LONG before we did. Is the narrative Trump is slowly discovering all this right along with the rest of us? Do you buy that? Trump doesn’t know any of this stuff until Tom Fitton at Judicial Watch or a Congressional Oversight Committee manages to pry it from Sessions & Rosenstein’s grasping fingers?

Oh, and Horowitz. From Horowitz’s hands too.

I don’t think Trump is undergoing a slow journey of discovery here, waiting with baited breath for that next Judicial Watch lawsuit or Congressional hearing. He’s already seen all the classified stuff. He knows exactly where this is going to end up.

Trump came into office knowing the SOB’s were plotting to take him out. He already knew. And he left Comey sitting RIGHT THERE thinking he was safe until May. Ponder that. One of these men thinks the other doesn’t know.

You think Trump letting Comey sit there as FBI Director for 4 more months knowing the entire time Comey was plotting against him is amazing? They left McCabe, Strzok and many of the other plotters in place for far longer than that. The cases against these people had to be built over time, the evidence carefully collected, no loopholes. These plotters are the people who investigate OTHER people. They know every trick in the book. To nail them you can’t leave any way to escape, make any mistakes.

What people are frustrated about is the PAYBACK. They want to see the plotters nailed to the wall. It’s starting to dawn on most people that the plotters had their fangs pulled long ago. Trump’s in no danger from these people.

Well nobody is more invested in paying these plotters back than Trump is. If he’s waiting to declassify stuff, if he’s taking the #SlowWalker approach and you don’t like that, you don’t understand his reasons, I can’t help that. It is what it is.

A lot of people are looking at this wrong. “HURRY UP OR THEY’RE ALL GOING TO ESCAPE! NOW! DO IT NOW!” You don’t understand. There IS no escape. That’s *why* Trump and Sessions are taking their time to do it right. There IS no urge to rush. Trump the showman will time this for maximum effect.

Look again at this President essentially giving Comey the kiss of death. “I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart.”

You think Trump isn’t enjoying watching the roaches scramble around trying to avoid the light when he knows exactly how this will go down and they can’t stop it?

This President was trading “Fat Little Rocket Man” jabs with Kim & the media was hysterically screaming at him for it the entire time Mike Pompeo was making visits to NK in total secrecy setting up that summit we had this year. Trump is FINE with a cover story like that.

The COVER STORY was that our insane, unstable President is trying to provoke the leader of NK into a war while Pompeo – taking NOBODY FROM THE STATE DEPT WITH HIM – traveled to NK in utter secrecy over a period of months. And nothing leaked & the cover story worked.

All of a sudden, presto chango! Trump and Kim are friendly and making real progress and the summit happens. The clueless media still hasn’t figured out while Trump & Kim were publicly trading barbs, stuff was happening behind the scenes.
You’ve all had PLENTY of time to learn how Trump operates. He puts out cover stories feeding chaos narratives to keep his enemies looking at the wrong things while he gets stuff done. It keeps them out of his way, distracted & wasting resources. The reason media people meltdown is because they HAVE to take everything at face value. Trump counts on them doing that to keep them running around lost, covering the wrong things. “OMG, HE TWEETED AT KIM JONG UN AGAIN!”

Trump also uses his Twitter to show people who ‘get’ what he’s doing where to look. He’s tweeted numerous times in the past 2 weeks about Bruce & Nellie Ohr. He’s trying to tell you something.

Of course, the media leaps to defend Ohr, some ‘nobody’ from the DOJ that Trump is picking on because Trump’s a mean guy.

So what people are melting down about is how long it’s taking and the cover story that Trump and Sessions are in a feud. That’s great. Time will solve most of this. The election is still over 2 months away. Mueller & Co. took their best shot. It fizzled.

Trump’s going to pull HIS trigger when it’ll inflict the maximum damage on the most people who are in his way. He knows the time. You don’t.

He’s a vindictive SOB but he’s *our* vindictive SOB.

I’m not worried & you shouldn’t be either.

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Really, Really Bad Foreign Policy

Whether it’s the trade dispute with China, his pushing North Korea to get rid of its nukes or his demand that NATO members ante up defense spending to bear more of the NATO burden, Mainstream Media march in step shouting from the rooftops how much danger the Trump foreign policy brings to the U.S. needlessly and how hated we are around the world — even by our allies.

In case “They” — the Media — haven’t noticed, we’re NOT at war and there’s not one pending, our NATO buddies have all promised to pay more of their obligation and some have already paid more, and many leaders of foreign countries have begun to publicly declare their respect for President Trump and in several cases have even complimented him on the American foreign policies he has made.

So how bad or how good is the Trump Foreign Policy? Let’s take a look:

We don’t have to look far. Numerous signs are popping up that the impact of Trump’s policies is far from the disastrous scenario the media predict. By wielding America’s power instead of apologizing for it, and by keeping his focus on jobs and national security, Trump is making progress in fixing the ruinous status quo he inherited.

America First, it turns out, is more than a slogan. It is a road map to reshaping America’s relationship with friend and foe alike.

China

Let’s start with China. Despite press accusations that Trump risks a global recession with tariffs on Chinese imports, reports are there is growing criticism among the Chinese over how President Xi Jinping is handling Trump. One professor published an essay citing “rising anxiety” and “a degree of panic” about Xi’s attitude toward the President and his traditional totalitarian ways he is using to handle the situation.

According to the New York Times and CNBC, China’s leaders should seriously consider Trump’s push for a balanced trading system. Why the sudden change in trade and trade tariffs with the U.S.? China’s leadership is second-guessing their aggressive stance on trade with the U.S., thinking Xi may be over-estimating the clout China has in trade with us.

I’ve heard for years now that “China in just a few years will surpass the U.S. as boasting the largest economy on Earth.” That has not happened. And it doesn’t appear likely — at least according to current economic trends in both countries.

Turkey

Turkey’s self-proclaimed leader of the Muslim world — Recep Tayyip Erdoğan — decided he would go toe-to-toe with President by seizing American pastor Andrew Brunson and refusing to release him. Trump’s response?  Sanctions on two Turkish cabinet members and doubled tariffs on steel and aluminum, which sent panic through currency markets. The Turkish lira lost 13 percent of its value against the dollar in one day and inflation stands at a ­estimated 85 percent.

How did Erdagon respond? He urged Turks to exchange gold and other valuables for the lira in hopes of stopping the rout. And the Turkish lira continues to plummet in value. As of a few minutes before the writing of this story, the Lira was trading 6 Liras to 1 US Dollar. That compares to 1 to 1 in 1991. Holders of Turkey’s debt are putting great pressure on Erdagon by demanding payment on that debt while interest rates skyrocket.

Iran

Time magazine’s scare claim that the withdrawal would bring instant worldwide upheaval and U.S. destruction (in the President’s words) “Fake News.” Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear accord and the imposition of sanctions aimed at the government and certain industries are adding to the economic pressure on the mullahs. Demonstrations and strikes have focused on inflation, water shortages, and unbelievable corruption. Social media shows everything these days. Some protesters criticize Iran’s involvement in Syria and its support of Hamas in Gaza while ignoring Iranian citizens and the horrible economic conditions at home.

Even before the sanctions, the Iranian rial lost 80 percent of its value against the US dollar and Forbes places Iran’s inflation rate above 200 percent.

Remember when President Obama lifted the Iranian sanctions? When Trump re-levied those sanctions, he said these are just the first step and that a bigger round starts in November. “Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States,” he wrote. “I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!” The President made clear that he wants to talk to Iran’s leaders about a new nuclear deal. The deep and crippling sanctions along with the political upheaval with demonstrations and even some violence are putting severe pressure on the mullahs to come to the table.

And U.S. sanctions on Iran have had results from OTHER countries. Some European companies that rushed to do business in Iran after the nuclear deal was signed are pulling out because they fear being blacklisted by the US Treasury.

The Atlantic magazine said this when comparing Trump’s treatment of Iran to that of North Korea: “Saber rattling followed by summitry.”

U.S. Media went crazy when the President made his harsh demands on fellow NATO members regarding their lack of financial commitment to their stated obligations to be a NATO member. The media made the same charges against President Reagan when he took similar actions in calling out NATO members.

Let’s face facts: only a handful of the other 28 members meet the agreed goal of spending 2 percent of their GDP on defense. Several European NATO leaders publicly took Trump to task for his demands. But he did not stop. Eventually, most have re-committed to get to their fair share.

As Mainstream reporters do, they ignored the fact that his criticism is bearing fruit. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg credited Trump for pushing a “clear message” that members need to speed up defense hikes. He said Trump’s effort led to higher spending this year.

“Abroad” at Large

One unidentified European Union ambassador told a London newspaper that Trump is “easier to negotiate with” than British Prime Minister Theresa May because Trump is focused on what he wants. You may remember that the British Prime Minister is under serious fire for her handling of Brexit and that the agreed to plan may fall apart. That official said “If this had been a rational discussion like we have with Trump on cars,” a deal might be finished.

Things are actually getting better between the U.S. and Mexico. The new Mexican president even said he hopes he can make things better in dealing with President Trump and that he expects agreements will be worked out on NAFTA and border security.

Things got even rosier between the people of Israel, Jewish people from all around the Globe, and the U.S. when President Trump announced (and then followed through on) the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Nobody may say this but me, but in doing so, President Trump sent a message to Arabs who — in large part because of the dishonesty of the previous administration — realized this President really will do what he says he is going to do. As an example, many previous U.S. presidents announced the need to move the embassy to Jerusalem and even committed to doing so. Trump is the only one that acted.

There are many countries whose leaders are watching the U.S. mid-terms elections closely, knowing that if the balance of power in the Congress shifts to Democrats, it will certainly affect the foreign policy of the Trump Administration. I’ll simply say this in addressing that issue: in the past that was probably true. But America has never had a president quite like Donald Trump. Even if Dems take back the House, I doubt President Trump will quietly fade away into the sunset regarding his governing. I feel strongly he will continue to implement his policies on every front — especially foreign policy — that he has already successfully implemented and that is working for the U.S. in demonstrative fashion.

Summary

So the Media are going to operate just like they operate today. Can you imagine how on every Monday morning, (and every other morning of the week) newspaper and magazine editors, directors of television morning talk shows, and even political leaders of both parties make certain their iPhones are charged and ready at 6:00 AM Eastern time? Why that time of day? President Trump usually distributes his first tweet of the day at that time. And always many more follow shortly after!

What’s so important about that?

PRESIDENT TRUMP SETS EVERY MORNING FROM HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT WHAT THE NEWS HEADLINES AND HOT STORIES OF THE DAY WILL BE! It is uncanny, unprecedented, and unbelievable that this business tycoon and tv series star sets the news tone for the nation and the world each day!

What would Morning Joe and Chris Cuomo and FOX and Friends have to talk about if it wasn’t the Trump “news of the day” topic? Don’t think that his few early morning tweets are not enough fodder for them to fill 3 hours of airtime. There’s usually plenty of ammo from his tweets. But in the unlikely event that he doesn’t feed the news narrative with enough early AM, there’s always plenty leftover from the day before to stoke the fires of liberalism, fake news, and REAL news every day.

And President Trump is just getting started! Mainstream Media and even many Republicans thought with the Russia investigation, horrible and negative oppressive non-stop news pounding, and the continual onslaught by Democrats against his proposed legislation and presidential appointments he would tire and simply throw in the towel. Surely no billionaire needs the constant stress and hatred that he is facing 24/7.

But the real estate tycoon from Queens has educated the MSM and the GOP Establishment crowd: he ain’t giving up! And their constant allegations, lies and misrepresentations serve to only further galvanize his commitment to stay in the White House working for the People to “Make America Great Again.”

You may not like his messaging; you may not like his language; you may not like his tweets, and you may even hate his policies. But what REAL Americans cannot do with any honesty is say he is not being successful on far more fronts than almost all Americans thought he could even do.

The most refreshing and exciting thing about his work processes at the White House is he is just getting started!

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President “Hitler” Attacks Free Speech and the 1st Amendment

President Trump has finally gone and done it: the “Unforgivable Sin.” No, he didn’t shoot his wife any of his children. He didn’t curse God. And he didn’t accuse New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady of being a sissy. What did he do? He terminated the security clearance of former CIA Director John O. Brennan: and that’s NOT “Fake News!”

The response in the Mainstream Media to his taking such unthinkable action has been brutal, albeit based on the most ludicrous of allegations. According to pretty much everyone in America on the Left, Donald Trump has attacked the First Amendment: the guarantee of Free Speech!

How could a sitting U.S. President be so unscrupulous in thumbing his nose at the U.S. Constitution? How corrupt really is this president?

Imagine the shock and surprise of this journalist when I heard what happened. Getting that news flash on my iPhone made me sink to my knees in shock and horror. I’ve supported “Donald” and then “President” Trump since before the first debate. I was certain he would guide our floundering nation back to the path of “Truth, Justice, Equality, and Fairness” for all that President Obama established to save the nation from the depths of depravity. And here he goes throwing all my dreams of American might and goodness away for something so trivial, so insignificant, and so shocking by terminating the national security clearance of the former Director of the CIA! I cannot believe he did it.

How bad is it? Really, really bad. Let’s look at what those who are in the “know” had to say about President Trump’s actions:

Don Lemon of CNN

“What the President did today is straight out of a dictator’s playbook. Revoking the security clearance of former CIA Chief John Brennan is nothing but a blatant attempt to silence a critic, to take away his right to free speech, to purge him.

The New York Times

“To all those supposed constitutional conservatives out there, consider this your call to arms: The First Amendment is under direct attack and this time from a much more powerful foe than misguided college freshmen. By whom I mean: the ostensible leader of the free world. Again and again, President Trump has used the weight of his office and the broader federal government to inflict financial damage upon critics, whistleblowers, journalists and peaceful protesters for exercising their rights to free speech.”

John O. Brennan Himself

“This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”

Arc Digital’s Nicolas Grossman

“Brennan, now a private citizen, is an outspoken critic of the president. More than any other former national security or intelligence leader, he’s attacked Trump’s patriotism and character, using the president’s favorite mediums: television and Twitter. Ex-officials retain clearance so that, if current officials ask them for help, they can access classified information. But they’re not active intelligence consumers, receiving daily briefs or directing assets. Trump is the first president to cut a former CIA Director out of that network.

It provoked quite a reaction. Retired Admiral William McRaven, a former leader of Joint Special Operations Command, defended Brennan in the Washington Post, warning Trump: ‘If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken.’

13 retired intelligence leaders — including CIA Directors and Deputy Directors who served under Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan — offered a similar criticism: ‘The president’s action,’ they wrote in an open letter, ‘has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances — and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech.’

President Trump has been tagged as “a dictator, a Nazi, a Stalinist, a Communist, and ‘another Hitler.” And to ALL those who make that charge, listen closely to what you are about to hear. This has all happened while you slept:

Associated Press

On May 13, 2013, the Associated Press announced telephone records for 20 of their reporters during a two-month period in 2012 had been subpoenaed by the Justice Department. AP reported the Justice Department would not say why it sought the records, but news sources noted the US Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia was conducting a criminal investigation into May 7, 2012, Associated Press story about a CIA operation which prevented the Yemeni terrorist Fahd al-Quso’s plot to detonate an explosive device on a commercial flight. The DOJ did not direct subpoenas to the Associated Press; instead, the subpoenas were issued to their telephone providers, including Verizon Wireless.

James Rosen

On May 17, 2013, the Washington Post reported the Justice Department had monitored reporter Rosen’s activities by tracking his visits to the State Department, through phone traces, the timing of calls and his personal emails in a probe regarding possible news leaks of classified information in 2009 about North Korea. In obtaining the warrants, they labeled Rosen a “possible co-conspirator” with Stephen Kim.

In a written statement, the Justice Department said it had followed “all applicable laws, regulations, and longstanding Department of Justice policies intended to safeguard the First Amendment interests of the press in reporting the news and the public in receiving it.”

Some analysts have described the Justice Department’s actions as “aggressive investigative methods” that have a chilling effect on news organizations’ ability to play a watchdog role. Fox News contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano commented: “This is the first time that the federal government has moved to this level of taking ordinary, reasonable, traditional, lawful reporter skills and claiming they constitute criminal behavior.”

Days prior on May 15, 2013, Attorney General Holder had testified under oath in front of the House Judiciary Committee that he had recused himself from the leak investigations to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest. Holder said his Deputy Attorney General, James M. Cole, was in charge of the AP investigation and would have ordered the subpoenas. When questioning turned to the possibility of journalists being charged under the Espionage Act for reporting classified material, Holder stated: “With regard to the potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something that I’ve ever been involved in, heard of or would think would be a wise policy.”

On May 23, 2013, NBC confirmed with the Justice Department that Holder had personally signed off on the Rosen case. The Justice Department defended their decision and spoke about a balance between protecting national secrets and the 1st Amendment, stating: “After extensive deliberations, and after following all applicable laws, regulations, and policies, the Department sought an appropriately tailored search warrant under the Privacy Protection Act.” The revelation brought into question whether Holder was being intentionally misleading during his previous testimony when he denied knowing of or being part of possible prosecutions of journalists. House Committee members sent an open letter to Holder, saying: “It is imperative that the committee, the Congress, and the American people be provided a full and accurate account of your involvement.”

Perception is Reality

Members of Congress and media figures have questioned the motivations behind the Justice Department’s actions, and if they were even warranted: “For five days, reporters at the Associated Press had been sitting on a big scoop about a foiled Al-Qaeda plot at the request of CIA officials. Then, in a hastily scheduled Monday morning meeting, the journalists were asked by agency officials to hold off on publishing the story for just one more day. The CIA officials, who had initially cited national security concerns in an attempt to delay publication, no longer had those worries, according to individuals familiar with the exchange. Instead, the Obama administration was planning to announce the successful counterterrorism operation that Tuesday. AP balked and proceeded to publish that Monday afternoon.”

On June 19, 2013, while giving a speech at the National Press Club, President and CEO of the Associated Press Gary Pruitt said: “Some longtime trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking with us — even on stories unrelated to national security. In some cases, government employees we once checked in with regularly will no longer speak to us by phone. Others are reluctant to meet in person… And I can tell you, that this chilling effect on newsgathering is not just limited to AP. Journalists from other news organizations have personally told me, that it has intimidated both official and nonofficial sources from speaking to them as well.”

Trump or Hitler?

Let’s be honest: comparing President Trump to Hitler or calling him a Nazi is as ridiculous as ANTIFA — that is nothing more than a far-left fascist terrorist club that really should be labeled “domestic terrorists — showing up with weapons at free speech rallies saying they are there to fight Fascism! Is Trump a Nazi? Does he imitate Hitler? Is the President working to abolish the First Amendment?

Let’s dig deeper: is the termination of John Brennan’s security clearance in any way an attack on free speech? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Brennan can (and does) say anything he wants with impunity. Nothing the President has said or done as infringed upon that or any other Constitutional right of John Brennan — or anyone else for that matter.

There are those that say his calling some Mainstream News individuals and organizations “Fake News” are attacks on free speech. First, let’s clarify what the President says: he does NOT call members of the press OR news “Fake News.” He specifically very clearly calls those who are purveyors of lies and misrepresentations that THEY call news “Fake News.” What other name is more appropriate for those members of the media who broadcast and write false stories, often from “anonymous sources” with no proof or evidence of verification of those being factual, than “Fake News?” That’s what it is. Is that something Hitler did?

Let’s look at Hitler’s treatment of the Press.

Hitler’s Press Treatment in WW II

When Adolf Hitler took power in 1933, the Nazis controlled less than three percent of Germany’s 4,700 papers. The elimination of the German multi-party political system not only brought about the demise of hundreds of newspapers produced by outlawed political parties; it also allowed the state to seize the printing plants and equipment of the Communist and Social Democratic Parties, which were often turned over directly to the Nazi Party. In the following months, the Nazis established control or exerted influence over every independent press organization.

During the first weeks of 1933, the Nazi regime deployed radio, press, and newsreels to stoke fears of a pending “Communist uprising,” then channeled popular anxieties into political measures that eradicated civil liberties and democracy. SA (storm troopers) and members of the Nazi elite paramilitary formation, the SS, took to the streets to brutalize or arrest political opponents and incarcerate them in hastily established detention centers and concentration camps. Nazi thugs broke into opposing political party offices, destroying printing presses and newspapers.

Sometimes using holding companies to disguise new ownership, executives of the Nazi Party-owned publishing house established a huge empire that drove out competition and purchased newspapers at below-market prices. Some independent newspapers, particularly conservative newspapers and non-political illustrated weeklies, bowed to Hitler’s regime through self-censorship or initiative in dealing with approved topics.

Summary

John Brennan has continuously attacked this President making all sorts of salacious allegations and veiled threats against him. He has accused Mr. Trump of treason: a crime if verified that carries a death sentence! He accuses the President of all manner of things and attacks him personally and also members of the President’s family. NOTHING THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID OR DONE HAS IN ANY WAY INFRINGED UPON BRENNAN’S 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

Further, Brennan nor any person who has a security clearance holds that clearance under the 1st Amendment or any law. BY LAW, they hold that privilege at the discretion of the Top Dawg of the Justice Department, which is part of the Executive Branch of the Government. The “Top Dawg” is Donald Trump! He has the legal authority at any moment to terminate any security clearance of any person.

In closing, I ask this one question: HAVE I EVER TOLD YOU I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS MEDIA? Why don’t they simply TELL THE TRUTH?!?!

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“Omarosa”

I avoided this topic for obvious reasons. I have never liked soap operas. They seem mushy, unrealistic, and cheesy, to be frank. This is nothing more than another soap opera. But this one plays out on a national stage called the White House. The star of this soap opera is a former reality show star fired several times by another former reality show star who happens to now be President.

I know very little about Omarosa Manigault-Newman — no relation to this writer. The little I DO know about her is nothing more than the spin from the press about her and her idiosyncrasies. I was not an “Apprentice” fan, but even with that I knew a little about her — the media always loves controversy and made her controversial during that show’s run.

Moving from an NBC hit television show to the White House was quite a move for Donald Trump AND Omarosa. The tension between the two on television transitioned to the White House. Everyone thought Mr. Trump and Omarosa kissed and made up. Why else would she get a PR position in his administration? Apparently, if amends were made between the pair, they did not last long.

As one can imagine, the Media has gone bonkers with non-stop factual coverage and, of course, non-stop demonizing of President Trump for not only firing Omarosa but calling her a “dog” in the subsequent back-and-forth initiated by Marigault-Newman. Watch just a fraction of the “Omarosa — noise” and obsession in the Media:

The “Real” Story

There was a “real” firing that should have dominated the news cycle on Tuesday. And it wasn’t the firing of Omarosa by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. It was the firing of FBI agent Peter Strozk. But another FBI firing would not have played well in the anti-Trump 24/7 Mainstream News Media reporting, even if Strozk’s termination is of national security and American justice importance. Omarosa’s termination gave the Media sharks another chance to take shots at the President. And they did.

I will not waste your time discussing Strozk. By now, everyone knows he was the pivotal investigation head of the FBI’s Hillary Clinton private server debacle but was also a key part of Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump Campaign for alleged Russian election collusion. It was with Mueller’s discovery of Strozk’s extreme bias against Trump evidenced by his obsessive string of texts with his girlfriend Lisa Page Mueller pulled the plug on Strozk’s job with his investigative team.

Strozk will probably be remembered most for his bombastic public testimony before Congress in which he brazenly defended his vitriolic political rants with his lover through those texts in which veiled threats were shared against “Candidate” Trump and then “President” Trump after the election. It is more than fair to say both Strozk and Lisa Page were/are adamantly opposed to Donald Trump being President.

Strozk is certainly in the spotlight of the DOJ regarding security clearances, threats against the President, and discussions of conspiracy with others regarding actual plans to stop Trump from winning the election and then “taking him out” after he won.

The “Other” Story

John Brennan. “Oh what a web we weave.”

John Brennan

The former CIA Director who has made himself probably the most ardent opponent of this President lost his security clearance for very obvious reasons: He perjured himself in Congressional testimony twice (with charges for those pending), one of which was regarding CIA hacking Senate computer systems while the Senate was investigating the CIA for wrongdoing. In sworn testimony, Brennan denied such hacking actually happened.

Additionally, that selacious “Steele Dossier” was actually put on public record by Brennan himself. He is the guilty party that brought the Dossier quietly to former Senator Harry Reid who took it to James Comey’s FBI. This happened while Brennan was still CIA Director.

Just yesterday, Brennan in the wake of his crying fowl for the President’s termination of Brennan’s security clearance maintained he knows factually that Trump colluded with Russia.

Think that fact through:

  1.  If while CIA Director Brennan discovered evidence of this happening, he was bound by requirements of his job to bring that evidence to prosecuting authorities — the Department of Justice that would have gladly used that evidence to prosecute Candidate Trump (Loretta Lynch was Attorney General at the time);
  2. If he found evidence of collusion after he left the CIA, he violated security laws by NOT taking it to authorities.

Brennan is not a good person and certainly not an honest person. It’s sad that a person with such drastic character flaws ran the largest foreign intelligence agency on Earth for so long. How could President Obama appoint such a person to that role?

Summary

There are a bunch of bad people in this world. How is it that so many seem to have raised their heads and been exposed of late? How is that so many come from the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI? Think about how many there are:

James Comey

Lisa Page

Peter Strozk

John Brennan

James Clapper

Bruce Ohr

Nellie Ohr

Rod Rosenstein

Loretta Lynch

Eric Holder

Susan Rice

And there are plenty more.

It is shocking to know that there are approximately 2 million people in America that have government security clearances! How could that happen? How in the world could that many people have security clearances?

Let’s be honest: there is only one possible justifiable reason for any “former” federal employee or contractor to have such a clearance: if whoever follows them in their post or office needs to consult with them to draw from their knowledge and/or perspective on specific government topics, they would be required to have a security clearance to do so. And getting that clearance takes an inordinate amount of time.

But that simply does not justify so many people having legal access to significant documents and information after leaving their federal positions. I feel strongly that EVERY federal person who has a security clearance of any kind should have that clearance terminated simultaneously with their job departure. In this politically charged foreign and domestic environment, there are far too many opportunities for confidential and top secret information to pass to people who will use it against the United States. The U.S. has had enough of Snowden and Assange passing such information around to our enemies.

But the thing that galls me the most is that guys like Brennan, Comey, and Clapper use their security clearances in the private sector for profit. Yes, such authorizations gives them a leg up in the news world because of their “special” access to inside information that regular folks cannot legally access.

The problem is that all these people listed above are just the type who (for a buck or two) have and will continue doing so unless their clearances are terminated.

My safety is worth that. Is yours?

 

“Selective” Outrage

(PLEASE READ NOTE AT THE END OF THIS POST BEFORE LEAVING TODAY)

Today marks the 3rd day I have been unable to last through even just 5 minutes of a network news broadcast — television OR radio. Why? One topic and one alone has continuously consumed every minute of broadcast time. The ONLY thing they bring to their audiences is this: Donald Trump is the most outrageous U.S. President in American history. Why? Got an hour or two…We won’t waste your time.

I have a few questions for those political geniuses and their handlers that are filling the airways, their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds with their respective drivel which the perpetually foam-at-the-mouth broadcasters share with a fawning audience. Never mind that venomous rhetoric they spew should — for the sake of honesty — contain some emotionless truths for Americans to digest. They each (like African hyenas circling a wounded gazelle lying in the throes of death) discard every shred of righteousness that MAY have long ago occupied even a tiny corner of their hearts to revel in the pending death of their next lunch. The gazelle  — which is the main course in the hyena’s dinner — is THIS President of the United States.

These hyenas all have names. And they all have public personas known to most Americans. Just as do African hyenas, this brood forgets about their very public histories and YouTube, throw caution to the wind along with any reason they once possessed, to circle, and howl, and wait for their prey to die.

Let’s name a few hyenas today:

  • James Comey This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that ‘Ambition must … counteract ambition,’” Comey quoted on Twitter Tuesday. “All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall. Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us.” This came from the fired FBI Director who has been documented to have lied under oath numerous times before Congress, lied numerous times on national television, aided many senior FBI officials in their joint attempts to usurp the authority of the FBI while subverting honesty and integrity in several criminal investigations. His tweeting this above illustrates just how narcissism can so easily strangle decency and integrity from any American who has allowed themselves to be consumed by the euphoria that accompanies political power.
  • John Brennan Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’ It was nothing short of treasonous,” Brennan, a frequent critic of Trump who served as CIA chief from 2013 through January 2017, tweeted during the event. “Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”  To explain Mr. Brennan’s unfounded and outlandish allegations against the President, let’s simply remember what has happened on HIS watch in D.C. What was once the most pristine and certainly the #1 foreign intelligence agency on Earth, on Brennan’s watch became nothing more than the lapdogs of Political Elites. Brennan’s CIA did little more than run to fetch a ball those whom he wanted to please threw in their game of “fetch.” In his 4 years as CIA head, Brennan personally turned a blind eye to the atrocities that resulted in the slaughter of millions in the Middle East in Syria, Iraq, and across northern Africa. Brennan personally painted that famous Obama “red line” in Syria that if Assad crossed would (according to Brennan’s boss Obama) result in world-changing horror for the Syrian President. Bashar Assad not only crossed that line, as he crossed that line he slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Syrians using poison gas. Sounds like a great foreign intelligence agency head to me. How about you? Yet the fawning Mainstream Media (who themselves are the lapdogs of the Political Elites) breathlessly wait to reprint the nonsense which Brennan vomits on Twitter. Brennan accuses President Trump of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” He doesn’t even understand what that means! I’ll define it: allowing a brutal dictator to slaughter thousands of men, women, and children after YOU warn him not to, AND THEN YOU DO NOTHING are certainly “high crimes.” Forget about the misdemeanors! Oh, I forgot this: Brennan OWNS ISIS, too.
  • Barack Obama Our former President came out of the Socialist closet long enough to enlighten folks in South Africa the other day with his plan for a guaranteed minimum income. It’s not a new idea, and especially not for Socialists. I personally witnessed the results of an election in Switzerland a year ago while in Zurich. On the ballot was a bill to guarantee every Swiss citizen a minimum of $1200 per month from the government. Even in THAT Socialist nation, it was soundly defeated. Why? Swiss people realize that THE fundamental necessity for such a plan to work is really simple: someone MUST pay the bill! Of course, if that law was passed, paying that $1200 per month would be paid not by the Swiss Government, but BY THE SWISS PEOPLE! Obama and others of his ilk just don’t get it: Americans too reject European-style government control of everything and instead continue to trust (and demand) government “by, of, and for the people.” In Johannesburg, South Africa, Obama in a speech to about 14,000 took aim at President Trump, saying “Unfortunately, too much of politics today seems to reject the very concept of objective truth. People just make stuff up. … We see the utter loss of shame among political leaders where they’re caught in a lie and they just double down.” Using the term “Objective Truth,” the former President forgot that to say a statement is “objectively true” means that it is “true for people of all cultures, times, etc., even if they do not know it or recognize it to be true.” He is NOT known for being objectively truthful, to say the least. The Twitter World went nuts at his comments about “Objective Truth,” remembering (and reminding us of): If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your insurance plan you can keep your insurance plan. The typical family will see their insurance premium reduced by a minimum of $2500 a year.” Don’t forget about the Benghazi YouTube video and the slow-playing of IRS approvals of Tea Party groups’ non-profit status.
  • Chuck Schumer is demanding Republicans convene a public hearing on any deal made between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at their recent summit in Helsinki. “Our Republican colleagues need to join us in demanding testimony from the president’s national security team that was in Helsinki and we need to do that immediately … to assess what President Trump might have committed to President Putin in secret,” Schumer said Tuesday on the Senate floor. “You can’t assume anything — but that as weak as he was in public before President Putin, he was even worse in private,” Schumer added of Trump. “Why else did he not want anyone else in the room?”  “You can’t assume anything…..” to the Senate Minority Leader must mean no one but he can assume anything. Schumer shares with other liberals the basic assumption that they know more than the President and Middle Americans about what’s best for the American people. And they cannot stand anything this President accomplishes — including a peaceful relationship with America’s greatest enemy: Russia. Question for Mr. Schumer and his cronies: isn’t it better to have a reasonably close relationship with enemy government leaders — one in which face-to-face conversations about good and bad issues occur regularly in which decisions are made based on facts rather than political correctness — than sitting in offices 6000 miles apart and relying on media to communicate issues?

Summary

I could post video after video showing how the Coastal Potomac Political Elitist hyenas are circling their prey today. But doing so would be a waste of real Americans’ time. Let it suffice to say in closing that as often happens, these hyenas have underestimated the wounded gazelle they hope to devour when it dies.  Donald Trump is only a figurative gazelle. And he’s not dying. He may be wounded, but as he has shown in his past — recent and long ago past — when he’s wounded, he’s never “down for the count.” “Wounded” does NOT mean dead. Historically, he always gets up and quickly gets back to what he does best: initiate change for the good.

Middle Americans understand that. Not only do those Americans hope and pray for the gazelle, they look on with the expectation of what’s ahead when the wounded goes back to battle. “To battle” is where Mr. Trump is headed….again. The hyenas always howl: that’s what hyenas do. But they almost always are forced to eat the leftovers from the real warrior’s meals.

Wonder what’s on the Trump menu tomorrow?

NOTE:

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You may never know just how I appreciate your support and participation in what we do. My personal commitment to you is to always seek and find the truth on every issue that is important to YOU and to give you those truths without spin — both good and bad. Every American needs to be afforded that from media members who are supposed to be servants of the American public with information, not partisan spin.

We’ll talk soon. I cannot wait to read your emails! 

Dan

 

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Does Trump do Anything Right?

 

According to many, President Trump is just all wrong. I think most will agree that no matter what he does as President — even when it is good for the nation — he gets very little (or no) credit from the Mainstream Media or from the majority of political pundits — unfairly so. Just imagine if all of the great economic news of this year had resulted because of any of President Obama’s actions taken during either of his two terms. If so, what would the fawning press and Democrats and others on the Left be saying about THAT President’s achievements?

I am not complaining about the unfair treatment of this President — I’ve come to accept it as the “new normal” as have most Americans. But accepting the crud from the Left as “normal” does not justify their doing so or make it right. But it IS the “new normal” in today’s vitriolic news environment.

I thought we’d pause today for a moment to list a few of Trump’s actions that quietly flew below the radar screen. Before I list them, (and they’re from an article written by Liz Crokin — an entertainment reporter who often is pretty blunt about members of the entertainment industry AND this President, please know EACH has been thoroughly vetted and each has been confirmed and actually happened. Many — including the likes of Snopes.com and others — have diligently worked to discredit several of these by offering up — instead of facts — hyperbole, and assumptions. That often works on the Left, but not in the Center or the Right.

Trump Does The Unthinkable

(by Liz Crokin)

As an entertainment journalist, I’ve had the opportunity to cover Trump for over a decade, and in all my years covering him I’ve never heard anything negative about the man until he announced he was running for president. Keep in mind, I got paid a lot of money to dig up dirt on celebrities like Trump for a living, so a scandalous story on the famous billionaire could’ve potentially sold a lot of magazines and would’ve been a Huge feather in my cap.
 
Instead, I found that he doesn’t drink alcohol or do drugs, he’s a hardworking businessman.
On top of that, he’s one of the most generous celebrities in the world with a heart filled with more gold than his $100 million New York penthouse.
 
Since the media has failed so miserably at reporting the truth about Trump, I decided to put together some of the acts of kindness he’s committed over three decades which has gone virtually unnoticed or fallen on deaf ears.

  • In 1986, Trump prevented the foreclosure of Annabell Hill’s family farm after her husband committed suicide. Trump personally phoned down to the auction to stop the sale of her home and offered the widow money. Trump decided to take action after he saw Hill’s pleas for help in news reports.
  • In 1988, a commercial airline refused to fly Andrew Ten, a sick Orthodox Jewish child with a rare illness, across the country to get medical care because he had to travel with an elaborate life-support system. His grief-stricken parents contacted Trump for help and he didn’t hesitate to send his own plane to take the child from Los Angeles to New York so he could get his treatment.
  • In 1991, 200 Marines who served in Operation Desert Storm spent time at Camp Lejune in North Carolina before they were scheduled to return home to their families. However, the Marines were told that a mistake had been made and an aircraft would not be able to take them home on their scheduled departure date. When Trump got wind of this, he sent his plane to make two trips from North Carolina to Miami to safely return the Gulf War Marines to their loved ones.
  • In 1995, a motorist stopped to help Trump after the limo he was traveling in got a flat tire. Trump asked the Good Samaritan how he could repay him for his help. All the man asked for was a bouquet of flowers for his wife. A few weeks later Trump sent the flowers with a note that read: We’ve paid off your mortgage.
  • In 1996, Trump filed a lawsuit against the city of Palm Beach, Florida, accusing the town of discriminating against his Mar-a-Lago resort club because it allowed Jews and blacks. Abraham Foxman, who was the Anti-Defamation League Director at the time, said Trump put the light on Palm Beach not on the beauty and the glitter, but on its seamier side of discrimination. Foxman also noted that Trump’s charge had a trickle-down effect because other clubs followed his lead and began admitting Jews and blacks.
  • In 2000, Maury Povich featured a little girl named Megan who struggled with Brittle Bone Disease on his show and Trump happened to be watching. Trump said the little girl’s story and positive attitude touched his heart. So he contacted Maury and gifted the little girl and her family with a very generous check.
  • In 2008, after Jennifer Hudson’s family members were tragically murdered in Chicago, Trump put the Oscar-winning actress and her family up at his Windy City hotel for free. In addition to that, Trump’s security took extra measures to ensure Hudson and her family members were safe during such a difficult time.
  • In 2013, New York bus driver Darnell Barton spotted a woman close to the edge of a bridge staring at the traffic below as he drove by. He stopped the bus, got out and put his arm around the woman and saved her life by convincing her to not jump. When Trump heard about this story, he sent the hero bus driver a check simply because he believed his good deed deserved to be rewarded.
  • In 2014, Trump gave $25,000 to Sgt. Andrew Tamoressi after he spent seven months in a Mexican jail for accidentally crossing the US-Mexico border. President Barack Obama couldn’t even be bothered to make one phone call to assist with the United States Marine’s release; however, Trump opened his pocketbook to help this serviceman get back on his feet.
  • In 2016, Melissa Consin Young attended a Trump rally and tearfully thanked Trump for changing her life. She said she proudly stood on stage with Trump as Miss Wisconsin USA in 2005. However, years later she found herself struggling with an incurable illness and during her darkest days, she explained that she received a handwritten letter from Trump telling her she’s the bravest woman, I know. She said the opportunities that she got from Trump and his organizations ultimately provided her Mexican-American son with a full-ride to college.
  • In 2016 Lynne Patton, a black female executive for the Trump Organization released a statement defending her boss against accusations that he’s a racist and a bigot. She tearfully revealed how she’s struggled with substance abuse and addiction for years. Instead of kicking her to the curb, she said the Trump Organization and his entire family loyally stood by her through immensely difficult times.
 
Donald Trump’s kindness knows no bounds and his generosity has and continues to touch the lives of people of every sex, race, and religion.
  • When Trump sees someone in need, he wants to help. Two decades ago, Oprah asked Trump in a TV interview if he’d run for president. He said: ‘ If it got so bad, I would never want to rule it out totally because I really am tired of seeing what’s happening with this country.’

Liz Crokin is an award-winning author, a seasoned journalist and an advocate for sex crime victims. Liz began her journey at the University of Iowa where she received a bachelor’s in journalism and political science.

One More Trump Doing Good Receives Bad Press

(This confirmation came directly from St. Jude’s Medical Center in Memphis amid clamor from the Left claiming Eric Trump’s support of St. Jude’s was untruthful)

“Eric Trump has helped raise $16.3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of Tennessee over the past decade,” a hospital official said in a letter sent to a charity run by Mr. Trump, the President’s son. The letter comes as Mr. Trump is preparing to remove his name from the charity to avoid conflicts of interest that could emerge from future fund-raising. The letter confirms an account Mr. Trump gave to reporters that his organization has raised more than $15 million for the hospital, despite available tax records showing that the Eric Trump Foundation raised less than half that amount.

Mr. Trump’s announcement that he will remove his name from the organization is one of a series of steps that members of the Trump family are taking to address potential conflicts before the inauguration. Other steps include terminating planned Trump Organization projects in countries like Azerbaijan, Brazil, Colombia, and Georgia.

The Trump Organization will continue to raise money for St. Jude from patrons at its hotels and golf courses, Mr. Trump said. But it will ask them to make contributions directly to the hospital, he said, instead of first sending the money to the Trump Organization.

The St. Jude letter said that since its establishment, the Eric Trump Foundation had raised — or helped raise through affiliated groups — $16.3 million for the hospital, which offers free care to needy children.
Note: Liberals viciously attacked Eric Trump and his foundation when a woman whose nephew had received successful treatment at St. Jude at no cost to his family, on social media thanked Eric Trump and his foundation for their financial support of St. Jude that makes such life-saving treatments possible for families who cannot afford the costs. Money raised by Trump’s foundation funded the development and building of the largest and most technologically advanced Pediatric Emergency Room/ICU in the world at St. Jude.

Summary

Often doing good things goes unnoticed, or at least unappreciated. One of the greatest lessons my parents gave to me was to do good simply because doing good for others is the right thing to do, and not for personal attention or accolades. It seems obvious to me that members of the Trump family feel and act in that manner. But they most often do so in the faces of not just unappreciative people, but in the faces of people who hate them, resent all that they do, all people who are associated with the Trump family, and all that they do, no matter what and for whom.

That’s indeed sad. But detractors who stand on the sidelines and constantly throw insults at this family and other families whose members love helping others need to understand this one thing: Americans get you. We know that you are nothing more than  “drive-by shooters.” History (and the law) are not historically kind to drive-by shooters.

You need to be careful — your true spots are being exposed.

By the way: I’m pretty certain I’ll get blasted from the Left just for this story!

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Trump at NATO: “Bull in a China Shop”

President Trump set members of NATO on their collective ears beginning several days before his NATO trip, shaming those who are not paying their shares of NATO expenses, each apparently relying on the U.S. to “pick up the slack.” In the recent NATO meetings, the President continued that narrative by publicly implored those NATO members to do the right thing and quickly catch-up with their past due fees.

Instead of a collective “Yes!” from the American press at the resolve of the President to goad NATO members to do what decades ago they agreed to do regarding joint NATO funding by its members, the Mainstream Media and many current and former Democrat politicians have lambasted the President in numerous ways often degrading the President and his actions toward U.S. allies in this regard:

NY Times 

Mr. Trump said that other NATO countries had agreed to significant increases in military spending in response to his demands. But within a few hours, Emmanuel Macron, the French president, and Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s prime minister, said the allies had simply agreed to keep a 2014 commitment to increase military spending to 2 percent of the gross domestic product by 2024. “A communiqué was issued yesterday,” Mr. Macron told reporters after the meeting in Brussels. “This communiqué is clear. It reaffirms the 2 percent by 2024 commitments. That’s all.”

Washington Post

The NATO summit was concluding on course Thursday, with European leaders pleased that their unruly American counterpart had been surprisingly well behaved, if not truly conciliatory. Their planes were getting gassed up at the airport, and they were ready to call the whole shebang a success and jet home. Then President Trump showed up, a half-hour late and with another agenda. He effectively took a meeting over Georgia and Ukraine hostage by seizing the floor and, one by one, scolding and shaming countries for their defense spending.

Trump was on such a tear that some diplomats said they feared he could well try to withdraw the United States from NATO, rupturing the existing world order. For more than an hour, the transatlantic alliance was caught in the chaos of Trump’s making — until the president called an impromptu news conference to announce that everything, in fact, was just fine. “I believe in NATO,” Trump said, claiming credit for forcing Western allies to raise their defense spending to “levels never thought of before.” He called the alliance “a fine-tuned machine,” remarking that there had been “great unity, great spirit, great esprit de corps.”

MSNBC “Morning Joe” After the press conference held by President Trump after the NATO meeting, MSNBC’s Morning Joe’s panel that included Lawrence O’Donnell had some especially critical things to say about facts President Trump gave in his speech answering questions:

Morning Joe gave President Trump’s approval rating to be 11%: “The lowest in history for any first-year U.S. President.” Here is a compilation of multiple polling companies — most given credit by all as “a credible polling source” — NONE of which was even close to Joe’s 11% number.

  • Rasmussen Reports 46 %
  • Economist/YouGov  43%
  • Reuters  41%
  • Emerson. 43%
  • Gallup. 41%
  • Quinnipiac. 40%
  • Harvard-Harris 47%
  • IBD/TIPP. 41%

I’m confused: how does a national cable news morning television show — a subsidiary of NBC News — quote approval numbers that are patently false in a conversation in which they are discussing President Trump’s alleged “lies?”  (Do they have any viewers?)

Trump not the ONLY President Chiding NATO Countries

President George W. Bush at least twice during his 2 terms in the White House stated NATO members must pay the amount agreed to by all member nations for NATO defense. Barack Obama said the same thing during his presidency.  U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on other NATO members to spend more on defense as well.

What is wrong for this President insisting that NATO countries each pay what they previously committed to pay for NATO defense THAT THEY HAVE NEVER BEFORE PAID?

The Burden

Let’s put NATO spending by nation in perspective:

 

Do the math: The United States is paying 72% of the total budget of NATO

Summary

It’s a travesty that NATO countries have for so many years taken advantage of the good faith and commitment of the American people by refusing to pay amounts they committed to pay for defense. While doing so they expected (and saw) the United States government pay as it promised. Yet those on the Left in Europe and here in the United States and Canada continue to demean not just the United States, but President Donald Trump and the American people.

There is non-stop narrative from those international “policy experts” that questions the President’s intelligence on these and other matters, accuse him of demeaning our foreign partners, jeopardizing international security and that of the U.S. by his consistent insistence that NATO countries do the right thing, and that no previous President has ever done such.

What’s the difference? It’s Donald Trump!

Left-leaning journalists, broadcasters, and even politicians long ago adopted a politically elite perspective that empowers them (at least in their own minds) to “know” more about what is right, what is best, and what is acceptable and unacceptable for U.S. presidents to say and do. We at the Truth News Network (TNN) call those people “Coastal Potomac Political Elitists.” These self-appointed hypocrites ignore the billions of dollars shown in the above chart that demonstrate America’s commitment to helping NATO countries with defense against foreign enemies. Further,  the U.S. has in numerous cases jumped in with military personnel and equipment to rush to the aid of NATO partners as they faced military confrontation with NATO enemies. No other country has ever provided to NATO the resources as has the United States.

Here’s the truth: the Left — whether we call them “The Swamp” or the “Deep State” — have become so entrenched in the business of doing politics in Washington D.C., they have “forgotten” or maybe purposely “put aside” their commitments of service to the American people, instead daily  pushing forward with their personal agendas instead of America’s agenda. This all happens while they are aghast at their dismal approval ratings with American voters.

Americans care deeply about the state of “their” country. Americans elected Donald Trump to run things in D.C. — choosing him over Hillary Clinton — at least in part because their trust in members of the federal government has over years melted away. The American people have embraced the term “The Swamp” used to describe the individuals, organizations, and departments of the U.S. Government that have been for 2.5 centuries charged to take care of the business of America. That is a sad state in which we find the government of the greatest country in World history.

Just imagine the state of our internal and foreign policy IF those individuals, organizations, and departments of Government would simply step aside and drop their personal animus and hatred for Donald Trump and simply give him a chance! Every president elected in my lifetime had a significant number of American voters who did not want them to be President. But never in my lifetime have I seen a political group  (“Coastal Potomac Political Elitists”) spend so much energy and resources to continually attack 24/7 a duly elected U.S. President.

Their purposes have become obvious to Americans: they are threatened by this President who is not obligated to any campaign contributors, political organizations or groups, any advisors, any foreigners, or any Americans OTHER THAN AMERICAN VOTERS!

Regarding foreign policy matters (including NATO): in every action initiated by President Trump to address those matters, those on the Left continually lament the methods used by this President in doing so — his intelligence, his knowledge, and his understanding of foreign policy in general, and policies that pertain to each. Examples: Saudi Arabia, North Korea, and NATO twice. TRUMP’S METHODS HAVE WORKED TO ACHIEVE HIS STATED GOALS EACH TIME! And this has happened in each at the chagrin of those from the Left.

Americans are beyond being tired of these actions. Americans elected this President because he is NOT cut from the same cloth as “normal” U.S. politicians.

Do members of “The Swamp” not understand the disgust on the part of Americans?

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The Clamor to End Russia Collusion Investigation

A year into the investigation and still not a shred of evidence of collusion between members of the Trump Campaign and Russia. Yes, there have been multiple indictments and several pleas completed, but none for the expressed investigation by the Mueller team, and none of any senior members of the Trump Campaign, and none for collusion with Russia.

There are those who claim “Mueller would certainly not release any evidence discovered by his team in an ongoing criminal investigation. That’s why no evidence uprooted in the investigation has been reported.” Come on! Mueller has surreptitiously released (primarily through his team members) bits of “news” to reporters that seem to benefit his cause: allegedly to find something on President Trump.

Don’t be so naive to believe that “if” direct ties between the President, his senior campaign staff, or any of those currently numbered among or previous White House staff were discovered, the Media would not know about it and, of course, would have fought to release it first. This piranha media gets hand-fed everything the Leftist media members deem negative to President Trump. If there was anything of substance linking Trump or his campaign to Russia that had been unearthed by Mueller, the World would certainly know about it.

The Clamor

Many on the Right have from the beginning felt like a Special Investigator appointment by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to look into these allegations was unfounded, unwarranted, and definitely unnecessary. Some of those same people feel strongly that Mueller should be forced to conclude his investigation immediately — especially since there are no apparent ties upon which this investigation was initiated. Even some members of Congress want Mueller fired for obvious conflict of interest.

Many others are calling for an outright termination of the Special Prosecutor office, stating those who fill that position are granted far too much power, unlimited funds to investigate, and with that power and money turn what under different circumstances would be a normal investigation into a partisan effort to destroy people, including a President.

Should Mueller be fired? Should the law that has been renewed multiple times that maintains that position be changed? Do we need Special Prosecutors/Investigators at all?

Answers to that question are certainly subjective and based on the perspective of the person asking. But asking thos questions today is not something new — there is precedence. We can look back to the Watergate Investigation and President Nixon’s actions at the time to get a comparison. Here’s an article from the Washington Post that discusses the similarities between the handling of that investigation and the current Mueller probe. They are eerily similar in many ways:

Nixon Forces Firing of Cox; Richardson, Ruckelshaus Quit
President Abolishes Prosecutor’s Office; FBI Seals Records

By Carroll Kilpatrick
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 21, 1973; Page A01

In the most traumatic government upheaval of the Watergate crisis, President Nixon yesterday discharged Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and accepted the resignations of Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus.

The President also abolished the office of the special prosecutor and turned over to the Justice Department the entire responsibility for further investigation and prosecution of suspects and defendants in Watergate and related cases.

Shortly after the White House announcement, FBI agents sealed off the offices of Richardson and Ruckelshaus in the Justice Department and at Cox’s headquarters in an office building on K Street NW.

An FBI spokesman said the agents moved in “at the request of the White House.”

Agents told staff members in Cox’s office they would be allowed to take out only personal papers. A Justice Department official said the FBI agents and building guards at Richardson’s and Ruckelshaus’ offices were there “to be sure that nothing was taken out.”

Richardson resigned when Mr. Nixon instructed him to fire Cox and Richardson refused. When the President then asked Ruckelshaus to dismiss Cox, he refused, White House spokesman Ronald L. Ziegler said, and he was fired. Ruckelshaus said he resigned.

Finally, the President turned to Solicitor General Robert H. Bork, who by law becomes acting Attorney General when the Attorney General and deputy attorney general are absent, and he carried out the President’s order to fire Cox. The letter from the President to Bork also said Ruckelshaus resigned.

These dramatic developments were announced at the White House at 8:25 p.m. after Cox had refused to accept or comply with the terms of an agreement worked out by the President and the Senate Watergate committee under which summarized material from the White House Watergate tapes would be turned over to Cox and the Senate committee.

In announcing the plan Friday night, the President ordered Cox to make no further effort to obtain tapes or other presidential documents.

Cox responded that he could not comply with the President’s instructions and elaborated on his refusal and vowed to pursue the tape recordings at a televised news conference yesterday.

That set in motion the chain of events that resulted in the departure of Cox and the two top officials of the Justice Department and immediately raised prospects that the President himself might be impeached or forced to resign.

In a statement last night, Cox said: “Whether ours shall continue to be a government of laws and not of men is now for Congress and ultimately the American people.”

The action raised new questions as to whether Congress would proceed to confirm House Minority Leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to be Vice President or leave Speaker of the House Carl Albert (D-Okla.) next in line of succession to the highest office in the land.

Richardson met at the White House in the late afternoon with Mr. Nixon and at 8:25 p.m. Ziegler appeared in the White House press room to read a statement outlining the President’s decisions.

The President discharged Cox because he “refused to comply with instructions” the President gave him Friday night through the Attorney General, Ziegler said.

Furthermore, Ziegler said, the office of special prosecutor was abolished and its functions have been turned over to the Department of Justice.

The department will carry out the functions of the prosecutor’s office “with thoroughness and vigor,” Ziegler said.

Mr. Nixon sought to avoid a constitutional confrontation by the action he announced Friday, the press secretary said, to give the courts the information from the tapes which the President had considered privileged.

That action was accepted by “responsible leaders in the Congress and in the country,” Ziegler commented, but the special prosecutor “defied” the President’s instructions “at a time of serious world crisis” and made it “necessary” for the President to discharge him.

Before taking action, Ziegler said, the President met with Richardson to instruct him to dismiss Cox, but Richardson felt he could not do so because it conflicted with the promise he had made to the Senate, Ziegler said.

After Richardson submitted his resignation, the President directed Ruckelshaus to dismiss Cox. When Ruckelshaus refused to carry out the President’s directive, he also was “discharged,” Ziegler said. The President’s letter to Bork said Ruckelshaus resigned.

Mr. Nixon then directed Bork to carry out the instruction. Bork did so in a two-paragraph letter to Cox, in which he said that at the instruction of the President he was “discharging you, effective at once, from your position as special prosecutor, Watergate special prosecution force.”

Bork signed his letter as “acting Attorney General.”

Richardson told the President in his letter that he was resigning with “deep regret.” He explained that when named Attorney General “you gave me the authority to name a special prosecutor.”

“At many points throughout the nomination hearings, I reaffirmed my intention to assure the independence of the special prosecutor,” Richardson said.

He said he promised that Cox would not be dismissed except for “extraordinary improprieties.”

“While I fully respect the reasons that have led you to conclude that the special prosecutor must be discharged, I trust that you understand that I could not in the light of these firm and repeated commitments carry out your direction that this be done,” Richardson said.

Richardson expressed “lasting gratitude” to the President, under whom he also served as under secretary of state, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare and Secretary of Defense. He became Attorney General in May after the resignation of Richard G. Kleindienst, who explained that because of his close association with former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and others involved in Watergate he did not believe he should stay in the post and carry out their prosecution.

“It has been a privilege to share in your efforts to make the structure of world peace more stable and the structure of our own government more responsive,” Richardson wrote Mr. Nixon.

“I believe profoundly in the rightness and importance of those efforts, and I trust that they will meet with increasing success in the remaining years of your presidency.”

The President replied with a one-sentence letter, addressed “Dear Elliott.” It said: “It is with the deepest regret and with an understanding of the circumstances which brought you to your decision that I accept your resignation.”

The White House did not release an exchange of letters between Ruckelshaus and the President. But Ruckelshaus wrote a resignation letter and released it.

In a letter to Bork, the President, noting that by law he was acting Attorney General, said that Cox had “made it apparent that he will not comply with the instructions I issued to him.”

“Clearly the government of the United States cannot function if employees of the executive branch are free to ignore in this fashion the instructions of the President,” Mr. Nixon wrote.

“Accordingly, in your capacity of acting Attorney General, I direct you to discharge Mr. Cox immediately and to take all steps necessary to return to the Department of Justice the functions now being performed by the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.

“It is my expectation that the Department of Justice will continue with full vigor the investigations and prosecutions that had been entrusted to the Watergate special prosecution force.”

At the Justice Department, where there were repeated requests by newsmen to interview Richardson and Ruckelshaus, department spokesman John W. Hushen said they had “no desire to come out and talk to newsmen.”

Hushen quoted Bork: “All I will say is that I carried out the President’s directive.”

Hushen said that Richardson would hold a news conference “within a few days.” Beginning about 8 p.m., Richardson spent an hour or so calling “relatives, friends and associates,” Hushen said.

White House aides, visibly shocked by the developments, argued that when direct quotations from the presidential tapes are released they will restore confidence in the President.

Sen. John Stennis (D-Miss.), picked by Mr. Nixon to listen to all the tapes, will have “unlimited” access to the pertinent recordings and can decide what should or should not be disclosed.

Stennis is expected to begin listening to them soon, possibly early this week. Those requested by the special prosecutor run 10 hours and one minute. Stennis may decide to listen to all or parts of them more than once. He will be the only one to do so. The President’s statement on the tapes and excerpts from them will be delivered to the U.S. District Court here and to the Senate Watergate committee at the same time, officials said.

Summary

There is no easy answer. Any action other than allowing the Mueller probe to play out is fraught with peril. Any effort that would force a shutdown would cause pandemonium that would bring sever repercussions. There’s only one realistic and appropriate action to take that would both stop the probe while getting real answers: Mueller should take the evidence of criminal wrongdoing he has to a federal grand jury. It is a certainty that if there is any criminality he has proof now. He has 470 investigators at his disposal that he has been using!

Let’s do the right thing for the American people: prosecute wrongdoers no matter who. Instead of drawing the uncertainty of this out for purely partisan political purposes, LET JUSTICE PREVAIL!

Mr. Mueller, “The Truth Will Out.” Let facts convict or exonerate — not political expediency.

Trump: First 500 Days

Hard to believe, but we’re 500 days into the Donald Trump Administration. We will not in this broadcast list all of the accomplishments in those days. That would take hours. After his first 100 days we listed everyone in written blog posts here and it took 3-days of releases! But in this environment in which the National Media refuse to even discuss accomplishments of this Administration, we’ll “turn-on” the podcast and listen to a summary — just a summary — of ALL of those accomplishments. But we’ll leave out all the “fine print.” Reasonable people will understand. And honest Americans (who may not like the President personally) will certainly appreciate the improvements in the U.S. that have come with 500 days of Donald Trump in the White House. Enjoy!

 

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