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Trump made me wrong, again

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In 2015 and 2016, many of us kept believing that things would catch up with Trump. Something he said would bite him in the ass or some scandal would destroy his campaign. After all we’ve seen many campaigns wrecked by scandals both real, non serious, or imaginary. Trump changed the rules. Although, constant scandals didn’t sink Hillary’s primary campaign…

I was also incorrect in relying on the accuracy of polling. But to be fair, polls used to be reliable. The same phone call polling methods used for decades just isn’t as reliable of way to get a representative sample. On top of that, pollsters do not always act unbiasedly. So I incorrectly thought Trump would lose last November.

Analysis

Right now, I’m admitting that my argument made in an earlier piece of mine Don’t boycott the NFL, boycott ESPN is no longer the position that I hold. In the article, I argue that ESPN became a liberal commentary outpost, a line the NFL had not seriously crossed. I show that the NFL let the free market determine Colin Kaepernick’s fate and the NFL franchises determined that his bad attitude, poor performance, and high price, just wasn’t worth the distraction of signing. In truth, some players paid no respect to the anthem before Kaepernick. He was just asked and gave his factually challenged answer. Thus, this toxic movement originated. Yet a couple of weeks ago, kneeling players were fewer and farther between. Therefore I argued that protests against the NFL were not yet warranted.

But then Trump made his comments. Admittedly, I am slower to anger on this issue than a lot of people. However, despite the media perception, football fans don’t want to watch players protest when they should be doing their jobs. Fans don’t appreciate players disrespecting the country and what it stands for. Trump simply pointed out that if we fans made a large enough impact, via boycott, the protesting in the NFL would cease. I’m not going to recap what you already know happened. The NFL doubled down. Roughly 20% of players protested the anthem.

Since Sunday, the NFL has not changed its ways. In fact, they seem to be embracing the protests. Only five teams stood for the anthem in unison. The Baltimore Ravens, the team I grew up cheering for, traveled to London and protested America’s anthem on foreign soil. I find joy in them losing an embarrassing 44-7. The day afterwards coach John Harbaugh had the audacity to wear a salute to service jacket. As a result, I’m reluctantly abandoning the team I’ve rooted for my entire life. My family was an original PSL owner for the Ravens. The PSL is up for sale as are the rest of the season tickets. For NFL tickets, it’s a buyer’s market.

People are angry. Before, I urged calm, blaming the media for the coverage, insisting that boycotting them could eventually make the issue go away. But Trump poured fire on the issue, elevating it to the top issue of the country. In doing so, Trump gave a powerful voice to disgruntled fans. The players can lie about protesting “racial injustice” but in reality, they were trying to spite the President who was speaking on behalf of the fans. So as a result, they were kneeling and dropping a metaphorical turd on all the fans that want football without the politics. I can’t tell people not to boycott that.

The Takeaway

Do what you feel comfortable doing. I can’t in good conscience identify as a fan of a team that protested the anthem on foreign soil. I’ll still watch (I’m way too invested in fantasy football to abandon that ship), but you respond to these protests in the way you see fit. If it means boycotting the NFL, you have my support. If it means boycotting their sponsors, have at it! The NFL didn’t listen when Trump said what we were saying. Let their business suffer.

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Kamala Harris stutters through non-answer when asked about her Jussie Smollett Tweet

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Kamala Harris stutters through non-answer when asked about her Jussie Smollett Tweet

In one of the most cringeworthy moments of Senator Kamala Harris’s new presidential campaign, the California Democrat found herself hesitant and uncertain about her feelings towards Jussie Smollett’s apparent hate-crime hoax. This is in stark contrast to her bold and racially charged accusations of a “modern day lynching” allegedly perpetrated by two Nigerian actors at the request of Smollett himself.

Above, you can see her attempt to calm the situation and state that facts are still emerging about the case. Of course, this is three weeks after the alleged incident, which is strange since her response the moment the news broke seemed to express zero interest in waiting for facts to emerge.

“. is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery. This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.”

This is the latest minefield Democrats find themselves traversing after quickly reacting to false claims. It happened with the Covington Catholic School boys. It’s happened far too many times since President Trump ran for President in 2016.

The anti-MAGA hoax epidemic

http://noqreport.com/2019/02/18/anti-maga-hoax-epidemic/There’s a trend that’s been quietly, consistently rearing its ugly head against the President of the United States and his supporters since before the 2016 election. We’ve seen it among unhinged journalists, virtue-signaling celebrities, and Democratic politicians. We’ve seen it manifest in the ugliest form of hatred – the common hate-hoax – and it’s doing more to divide America than the source of the perpetrators’ anger.

They hate President Trump. They hate the people who got him elected. The hate the idea of making America great again because as much of the MAGA agenda comes to pass, they’re learning they’ve been wrong the whole time. I know first hand. I’ve been proven wrong myself.

It doesn’t take a skilled orator or ethical paragon to say, “I reacted too quickly before. I should have waited for all of the facts to come out before reacting emotionally.” Of course, doing so requires humility, which Kamala Harris apparently does not have.

 


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President Trump lowers himself to SNL’s level every time he gives them attention

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President Trump lowers himself to SNLs level every time he gives them attention

Many conservatives have been in the midst of a conundrum since the 2016 election. On one hand, there are things to like about President Trump’s agenda as he cuts bureaucracy, reduces our tax burden, and addresses certain foreign policy issues appropriately. On the other hand, he has the temperament of a high school student at times and seems reluctant to act like the President of the United States.

The latest example of his willingness to dive into the fray with unimportant but insulting entities is his ongoing war with SNL and NBC.

My advice to the President:

Seriously, Mr. President, please just ignore them. Yes, they insult you. Yes, they mock you. Yes, they hate you. But you’re doing them a favor when you pay so much attention to them just because they were able to prick below your paper-thin skin. Collusion? No. It’s comedy, and not very funny comedy at that. There’s nothing they can do to actually hurt you in the eyes of the American public because those who are still watching aren’t your friends anyway. Even if some of your allies are watching, it’s not like they’re saying to themselves, “Man, I liked Trump but now that I’ve seen Alex Baldwin’s latest skit, I’m changing my mind.”

This is below the President. It’s so far below the President that much lesser-known people who get made fun of by SNL have the common sense to either ignore it or play along with the gag. President Trump is one of the few people of power who actually takes SNL seriously enough to draw as much attention to them as possible. It’s counterproductive and will only make them want to attack more often.

How many people actually watched the skit before the President Tweeted it? Now, he’s chosen to make the skit go viral, emboldening Baldwin and the whole SNL crew into wanting to make fun of him even more. It’s one of the saddest displays of inappropriate attention being given to something so far below the White House it’s a wonder that he took the time to Tweet about it, let along watch it and get masses of others to watch it as well.

Every time he gives SNL this level of attention, all he does is reaffirm what his detractors already think while making his supporters scratch their head wondering why the most powerful man in the world is whining about a comedy sketch.

 


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This old Tweet by Jussie Smollett may have been prescient as a condemnation of his gullible supporters

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As the walls (and possibly law enforcement) continue to close in on actor Jussie Smollett following reports he hoaxed the world by pretending to be attacked by Trump supporters, a Tweet from 2016 is quite interesting.

In today’s context, this quote would demonize those who believed Smollett’s suspicious claims without even considering the possibility they could be made up. It’s one thing to think Trump supporters are racist. It’s another to take this belief and use it as intellectual cover to blind one to obvious truths. Smollett seems to be calling out the very people who have supported him.

 


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