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The Republican brand is sinking with Trump at the helm

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In May of last year, when it became apparent that Donald Trump had won the Republican primary, conservatives across the country were faced with a dismal choice between Hillary Clinton and a Hillary Clinton donor. Some caved, clinging to the lesser of two evils argument. Some became NeverTrump, claiming he was just as bad. Some, like me, argued that he wasn’t actually a lesser evil because he supported Planned Parenthood, abused eminent domain, supported gun control, higher taxes, and socialized medicine. On top of all that, his vulgar demeanor would destroy the only vehicle constitutional conservatives had, the Republican brand, in the process.

What was obvious to many of us was that he would play right into the Left’s playbook. The Left had been trying for years to portray anyone on the Right as being selfish, greedy, bigoted pigs. Up to that point, this portrayal was only a straw man… a caricature. Giving them Trump as the leader of the Republican Party was a gift because he would be on display to confirm that caricature every day for the next four years. The Left, as they always do, would once again say that Republicans are selfish, greedy, bigoted pigs, but this time they could rest their case simply by pointing to the President. All those years we spent denying accusations that Republicans were bigots were nullified by nominating the only man among all the candidates who fit their description to a T.

So, where are we now? Were we blowing it out of proportion? What does the country think of Republicans now, with Trump as their leader? What do his supporters think of him now, after his apparent DACA flip-flop? What does the world think?

One thing is clear: A growing number of Americans associate Trump with division. In a recent Fox News poll, 56% of Americans believe Trump is tearing the country apart.

Poll after poll after poll has found a majority of Americans to believe Trump is a racist or a bigot.

On the international stage, America’s approval rating in the world has dropped from 64% under Obama to 49% under President Trump. So there you have it.

I’m not writing to say I told you so, but… Wait – Yes I am. That’s exactly what I told you!

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Poll: 56 percent say Trump ‘tearing the country apart’ – POLITICO

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/30/trump-tearing-country-apart-242188The findings underscore a string of increasingly negative perceptions of the Trump White House, which continues to register low ratings on a wide array of issues, including its handling of North Korea, Russia, the environment, health care and race relations, with a majority of voters registering disapproval of each. A majority of voters did not approve of Trump’s handling of any of the major policy areas covered in the poll.

 

 

 

Majority of Americans believe Trump is ‘tearing the country apart’: poll | Lia Eustachewich, New York Post

http://nypost.com/2017/08/31/majority-of-americans-believe-trump-is-tearing-the-country-apart-poll/A majority of Americans believe President Trump is “tearing the country apart,” and nearly two-thirds are unhappy with the direction the US is headed, a new Fox News poll has found.

Forty-eight percent said they had a “strongly unfavorable” impression of Trump. Thirty-six percent marked him favorable — the highest of the three leaders. Pelosi got a 30 percent rating and Ryan received 31 percent in the “favorable” categories.

 

America’s global standing plummets under Donald Trump

https://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2017/06/daily-chart-19America’s president is often described as the “leader of the free world”. Mr Trump may be making that moniker an anachronism. Given his reluctance to reiterate America’s commitment to NATO’s collective-defence policy, it is little wonder that Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor and a staunch defender of liberal internationalism, inspires more confidence than Mr Trump does. However, he also fell short of leaders with far weaker democratic credentials. Even autocrats like Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin scored better.

 

Final thoughts

He never was a lesser evil. Politicians talk out of both sides of their mouth. So you must look at what they do. “But Dan, he wasn’t a politician!” You’re right. But the reason we hate politicians is because they sell out their principles and make shady deals. Well, who do you think they make deals with? Shady businessmen who rub elbows for their own personal favor… Not unlike the very man who won the Republican primary.

Deep down, those who pulled the lever for him knew. They knew he was a terrible option and they knew that he really didn’t represent them in any way. But what else could you do, right? Let Hillary win? No, you could stand by your principles and stand for what you believe. After all, what good is knowing yourself and your principles if you’re not prepared to stand by them when the choices are hard?

A full time engineer by trade, Dan is a conservative, Christian, father, and veteran. He considers himself a rebel against the dominant liberal culture.

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LA Times Breaking News: Russell Simmons & Brett Ratner accused of sexual assault

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The LA Times in an article published moments ago by Amy Kaufman, Daniel Miller, and Victoria Kim alleges that in 1991 Keri Claussen Khalighi a 17-year-old fashion model from a farm town in Nebraska with hopes of breaking into the modeling industry was sexually assaulted by Russell Simmons while Brett Ratner look on as her plead for help were ignored. The article reports, “I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me’ and I’ll never forget the look on his face,” she recalled. “In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.”

The article states that Simmons tried to force intercourse with Khaligihi as she wildly fought off Simmons as he was yanking off her clothes. She states, that:

He eventually relented and coerced her to perform oral sex, she alleged. “I guess I just acquiesced.” Feeling “disgusting,” Khalighi said she went to take a shower. Minutes later, she alleged, Simmons walked up behind her in the shower and briefly penetrated her without her consent. She said she jerked away, then he left. “It hurt so much.”

Simmons in a statement strongly disputes her account and that everything that occurred between Keri and him was with her full consent and participation.

Sexual allegations against Simmons and Ratner are not new. In a previous article by the Times. Six women accused Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct. The article also states:

The pair’s conduct together has also been scrutinized by authorities. In 2001, a woman told Beverly Hills police that she was held against her will at Ratner’s mansion, Hilhaven Lodge, “by two males who both unlawfully touched her,” Lt. Elisabeth Albanese told The Times this month. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to file criminal charges against Ratner and Simmons due to insufficient evidence.


Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner face new allegations of sexual misconduct – LA Times

http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-brett-ratner-russell-simmons-20171119-htmlstory.htmlKhalighi said that Simmons, who was then about twice her age, tried to force her to have intercourse. “I fought it wildly,” she said. He eventually relented and coerced her to perform oral sex, she alleged. “I guess I just acquiesced.”

Feeling “disgusting,” Khalighi said she went to take a shower. Minutes later, she alleged, Simmons walked up behind her in the shower and briefly penetrated her without her consent. She said she jerked away, then he left. “It hurt so much.”

In a statement, Simmons, 60, strongly disputed her account. “Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation,” he said. Much of the two days and one night he spent with her, he said, was with other people, or in public. Ratner had “no recollection” of Khalighi asking him for help and denied witnessing her “protest,” his attorney Martin Singer said.

These men and other older, controversial Hollywood friends — including producer Robert Evans and filmmaker Roman Polanski — have served as father figures to Ratner, who had a distant relationship with his late dad. Evans, the former Paramount Pictures production chief who was convicted of trafficking cocaine, explained his relationship with Ratner in a 2007 Vanity Fair story: “I was his Hollywood father. I don’t know whether I should be proud of that or not.”

 

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Trump won’t lift ban on big game trophy hunting… for now

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Trump wont lift ban on big game trophy hunting for now

It isn’t often that the Trump administration reverses on a policy prior to enacting it, but it’s happening now. President Trump Tweeted that he’s going to put the big game hunting decision on hold until he reviews all conservation facts. This decision follows a social media outcry against lifting President Obama’s 2014 ban.

The argument for lifting the ban is that by regulating legal hunting, conservation efforts can be improved. It goes against our basic understanding to see how hunting an animal can help protect the species, but it’s been demonstrated to be true many times. In fact, even left-wing Slate posted an article supporting the notion:

Lifting the ban on elephant trophies will probably help save elephants.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2017/11/lifting_the_ban_on_elephant_trophies_will_probably_help_save_elephants.html“Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve those species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” an FWS spokesperson told Slate. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the hunting and management programs for African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia will enhance the survival of the species in the wild.”

These loud missives don’t do justice to the nuanced factors that go into developing and implementing conservation efforts.

Regardless of whether there really are benefits or not isn’t important… at least not to the masses. Some people will be against it even if it’s demonstrably beneficial. Others wouldn’t have a problem with hunting them to extinction. This will come down to whether or not the Trump administration believes they can justify lifting the ban at the appropriate time to mitigate damage to their public image.

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How does the Federalist Society relieve stress? “But Gorsuch” stress balls, of course.

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But Gorsuch

Conservatives who aren’t pleased with the actions, direction, and/or rhetoric coming out of the White House often invoke a simple phrase: “But Gorsuch!” It’s intended to remind them that no matter what the current administration does that goes against limited-government principles, at least they can find solace in a Constitution-loving judge being appointed by President Trump to the Supreme Court.

This popular meme made its way to the Federalist Society’s annual convention as the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank, distributed stress balls to attendees. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s image and the famous words of solace were printed on the balls.

No matter how bad it gets, remember that it could have been worse, at least from the bench.

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‘But Gorsuch’ stress balls give relief to distraught lawyers at Federalist Society conference

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/but-gorsuch-stress-balls-give-relief-to-distraught-lawyers-at-federalist-society-conference/article/2641092“I adore Gorsuch and he’s a dream judge on so many levels and we don’t do a ton with the judiciary at R Street … [but] we just love doing the silly stuff,” said Shoshana Weissmann, R Street Institute’s digital media specialist who hand-delivered the balls to attendees on Friday.

Weissmann said the R Street Institute made 150 balls, which it started distributing when the Federalist Society’s annual convention began in Washington on Thursday. The think tank had about 50 balls remaining Friday, with attendees coming to get them while Weissmann spoke with a reporter.

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