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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!

Perspectives

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?

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Jim Renacci pulls from leftist playbook, releases anonymous accusation against Sherrod Brown

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Jim Renacci pulls from leftist playbook releases anonymous accusation against Sherrod Brown

Dear Republicans: Don’t do this. Don’t do what leftists do. We cannot call them out for pushing uncorroborated sexual misconduct allegations when we’re pushing uncorroborated sexual misconduct allegations.

The bad news is, that’s what’s happening with Jim Renacci as he fights an uphill battle against Sherrod Brown:

Jim Renacci issues statement from lawyer describing unsubstantiated allegations from unnamed woman against Sherrod Brown

https://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2018/10/jim_renacci_issues_anonymous_s.htmlThe release includes a lengthy statement from Laura Mills, a Canton attorney and former Renacci business partner and political donor. In the statement, Mills says the woman told her friend about the encounter as the MeToo movement unfolded. It occurred while the woman was alone with Brown, who was divorced at the time, through her work, Mills said. The friend then contacted the Renacci campaign, which referred the woman to Mills, the statement says.

The statement does not provide a date, a location, supporting evidence or identify the woman, but describes her as “a very credible source and a professional woman.” It comes a day after Renacci told reporters and editors with the Cincinnati Enquirer that he’d heard from “multiple women” with abuse allegations against Brown, while providing no additional details or supporting evidence.

The worse news is that many on the political right are cheering him on. Here’s one from Conservative Review:

Sexual assault claims against Dem Sen. Sherrod Brown put his post-Kavanaugh hypocrisy on display

https://www.conservativereview.com/news/sexual-assault-claims-against-dem-sen-sherrod-brown-put-his-post-kavanaugh-hypocrisy-on-display/It’s amazing how putting a shoe on the other foot can change a man.

Let’s take Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, as an example. He’s running for re-election in a state President Trump won in 2016. The campaign of his GOP opponent, Jim Renacci, claims that he’s recently been accused of sexual misconduct by an unnamed woman.

Now let’s take a look at how this has changed Brown’s reactions to uncorroborated allegations of sexual misconduct.

Here’s another from HotAir:

Uh oh: Woman claims “unwanted” sexual advance by Senate Dem in “late 1980s”

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/10/19/uh-oh-woman-claims-unwanted-sexual-advance-senate-dem-late-1980s/Quite frankly, I prefer the old rules. They not only did a better job of getting to the truth, they discouraged last-minute smear attacks rather than incentivizing them. I’m happy to apply the old rules to Sherrod Brown in this case as well — and to argue that Brown has disqualified himself for office by abandoning due process and fair play.

I suspect that Brown won’t be the last Democrat to get torched by the fire they set to those values in attempting to intimidate Kavanaugh into withdrawing. But I will welcome the strange new respect we get for due process out of it and the end to the neo-McCarthyism that they have immeasurably boosted. We warned them about the Kavanaughnsequences.

To be fair, both Ed Morrissey and Nate Madden posted their stories to highlight the hypocrisy of this new sensibility towards sexual misconduct accusation. If it weren’t for the treatment Brett Kavanaugh received, neither respected conservative writer would have touched this story. They did so more to speak out against the mess the left has created and not to add credibility to the accusation.

Nevertheless, we’re stuck in a societal state that feels obligated to go after the opposing side regardless of how credible an allegation is. It’s a partisan, divided world we live in now and the sexual misconduct game has made the situation even worse.

Sherrod Brown is an awful Senator. He deserves to lose, but chances of that are slim. If he were to lose because of these anonymous allegations, then our arguments for confirming Kavanaugh are moot.

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First charge filed against Russian for interfering with elections

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First charge filed against Russian for interfering with elections

Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova is allegedly part of Project Lakhta, a Russian operation intended to sow political division ahead of the midterm elections as well as other elections around the world. She has been charged by the Justice Department for interfering with the United States political system.

Here is the press release from the DOJ:

Russian National Charged with Interfering in U.S. Political System

https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/russian-national-charged-interfering-us-political-system“The strategic goal of this alleged conspiracy, which continues to this day, is to sow discord in the U.S. political system and to undermine faith in our democratic institutions,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “This case demonstrates that federal law enforcement authorities will work aggressively to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of unlawful foreign influence activities whenever feasible, and that we will not stand by idly while foreign actors obstruct the lawful functions of our government. I want to thank the agents and prosecutors for their determined work on this case.”

According to allegations in the criminal complaint, Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, of St. Petersburg, Russia, served as the chief accountant of “Project Lakhta,” a Russian umbrella effort funded by Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin and two companies he controls, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, and Concord Catering. Project Lakhta includes multiple components, some involving domestic audiences within the Russian Federation and others targeting foreign audiences in the United States, members of the European Union, and Ukraine, among others.

My Take

This story will be spun from its surface assertion of Russian interference helping President Trump and other Republicans win in 2016. That assertion is inaccurate as the DOJ release indicates, but it won’t stop mainstream and leftist media from calling this the smoking gun against Trump’s presidency.

What this project allegedly did was push forth divisive messaging that was intended to affect people on both sides of the political aisle. This is important to understand because it wasn’t intended to drive one candidate or another. It was designed to take whatever political position any given person has and amplify their anger towards the opposing side.

Russia knows if they push the far right further to the right and the far left further to the left, our own anger will fuel the division. They are taken advantage of our freedom.

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The NPC meme triggers leftists so much because it’s too close to the truth

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The NPC meme triggers leftists so much because its too close to the truth

Leftists have been called cucks, snowflakes, libtards, and a multitude of other names assigned to them by conservatives and internet trolls for years. These labels often annoyed them, but the latest popular insult has triggered them like no other. It’s the NPC meme and it’s spreading like wildfire across the internet.

Twitter has even started banning people using the meme because it is “dehumanizing.”

But here’s the thing: previous labels may have been funny or even harsh, but the NPC meme strikes so close to home that it’s actually becoming a threat. It is being called dehumanizing, but it’s the closest a label has come to hitting the nail on the head when it comes to the unhinged left of today.

A non-player character, or NPC, is a character in a video game that is controlled by the computer. Some are influential to the outcome of the game but most will wander around the video game’s world doing random things and generally taking up space.

The use of the NPC meme in reference to leftists is tantamount to calling them unthinking automatons that echo each other without understanding beyond the collectivist, Marxist vision they claim to share. This label is quickly becoming the ultimate insult because it is, for all intents and purposes, true.

Thoughtful conservatives have known for years that mainstream media and social media are echo chambers for popular leftist mantras and incessant anger towards the boogeyman of the day. For over two years, that boogeyman has been President Trump, who has made the left so enraged they cannot see anything other than the hatred they feel towards him and those who support him.

Anything positive he does is dismissed while anything bad he does is blown out of proportions. This destructive cycle is so rampant, the echo chamber is experience a feedback loop. They no longer hear or know anything outside of their collective.

They have become NPCs controlled by the leftist puppet masters.

If it didn’t strike so close to home, it wouldn’t be getting such a vicious response.

Image via Kotaku.

NPC Meme

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