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The gaslighting of Donna Brazile

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Donna Brazile, in her new book “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House” walked back what everyone believed to be the truth: that Brazile gave the Clinton campaign questions from a CNN debate in advance.

“For the record, I could never find those so-called emails released by WikiLeaks or find anything on my laptop, desktop, or server,” she told the Washington Examiner. “So, as I state in the book, just go ahead and say what you know to be true.”

The facts

Either you believe her or you don’t. But let’s unpack the facts.

  • The emails were exposed by Wikileaks, as a result of the DNC mail server being hacked.
  • The DNC mail server was never examined by the FBI.
  • CNN denies Brazile had the debate questions in the first place, though she was a network employee at the time
  • The DNC mail server was effectively “destroyed” in the process of IT techs trying to solve security problems
  • Brazile now claims–and has in the past–that the emails might never have been real at all
  • The emails have only been provided in the Wikileaks haul–neither the recipients nor the sender have definitively found copies of them
  • Wikileaks and Julian Assange is a friend of Russia and an enemy of the U.S.

Brazile keeps her sent emails (on her computer) archived forever, I’ve heard. So if she can’t find the “smoking gun” emails, either she deleted them, they were not sent from her computer, or something else happened.

Motive? Gaslighting?

So what motive might someone have had in implicating Brazile in a scandal that would surely bring her down?

Maybe someone who didn’t want a person not in Hillary’s pocket at the DNC. Maybe the Russians who simply want to sow chaos in American politics.

“As a Christian woman, I understand persecution, but I will not sit here and be persecuted,” Brazile said on Fox News more than a year ago when asked if it was her. “Your information is totally false.”

Brazile was consistent in her denials at first, then began to believe, like most people, that maybe she did do it. That’s called “gaslighting” by the way, when you repeat a lie often enough that the person who knows better believes it.

Now Donna Brazile doesn’t know if she gave the debate questions to Hillary Clinton

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/now-donna-brazile-doesnt-know-if-she-gave-the-debate-questions-to-hillary-clinton/article/2640085It neither admits nor directly denies sharing debate questions with the Clinton campaign, which at the time was a point of contention, since it led to arguments that the DNC favored Clinton. Brazile initially rejected the idea that she gave Clinton’s team any aid. “As a Christian woman, I understand persecution, but I will not sit here and be persecuted,” Brazile said on Fox News more than a year ago when asked if it was her.

Final thoughts

Again, it comes down to believing Donna Brazile or not. People who know her at CNN believe her. They believe she did not send the emails to the Clinton campaign and would remember if she had. Those who don’t believe her make her out to be a professional liar. We already know that Clinton’s campaign, her lawyers, Herself, and just about everyone in her orbit is a professional, and profligate, liar.

It’s up to every person to make up their own minds, but given the facts, and Brazile’s own attempts to reconcile the facts to her own role, isn’t it possible that she’s telling the truth, and might have been the victim of gaslighting? In fact, it might even be more likely that’s the case (the Clintons are experts at it) than the other possibility, that emails produced by an enemy of America, through a hacked server that the government never saw, that were denied by both Brazile and CNN, are all an elaborate lie to harm Hillary Clinton, who was the one person everyone involved counted on to beat Donald Trump.

Before passing judgment, think a bit. Or, as Clinton would say, what does it matter, at this point, anyway?

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If Kamala Harris didn’t know her senior aide was sued for harassment, then she’s unfit

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If Kamala Harris didnt know her senior aide was sued for harassment then shes unfit

Senator Kamala Harris, considered high on the long list of potential 2020 Presidential candidates, is caught in a tough situation. one of her top aides, Larry Wallace, settled a lawsuit against him alleging he sexually harassed his executive assistant. Harris claims she didn’t know about it. Being unaware of incidents that were reported to her staff may be worse than knowing about it and doing nothing.

Kamala Harris aide resigns over $400G harassment settlement

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/kamala-harris-aide-resigns-over-harrassment-asettlementA senior adviser to U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., resigned Wednesday over inquiries about a $400,000 harassment lawsuit against him while working at the California Department of Justice.

Larry Wallace resigned after the Sacramento Bee asked about the 2017 settlement, the paper reported.

“We were unaware of this issue and take accusations of harassment extremely seriously,” Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams said. “This evening, Mr. Wallace offered his resignation to the senator, and she accepted it.”

The lawsuit filed by Danielle Hartley accused Wallace of demeaning her based on her gender while she worked for him as his assistant.

Either she’s lying or incompetent. There’s no in-between on this one. If she knew about it and hoped the non-disclosure agreement signed by the alleged victim, Danielle Hartley, would keep it out of the press, she’s lying now. A spokesperson for Senator Harris claims the entire staff unaware of the issue.

It’s far-fetched, but here’s the thing. If we give her and her staff the benefit of the doubt and stipulate that they were all completely unaware, then that says something loud and clear about a person who wants to be President of the United States. She can’t be.

Running the executive branch of government is much more difficult than keeping track of whether or not top aides are sexually harassing their staff or settling lawsuits. By claiming ignorance, she’s demonstrating incompetence.

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Trump, feckless Republicans, and the advance of Democratic socialism

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Trump feckless Republicans and the advance of Democratic socialism

When Trump and the GOP helped Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats take 40 House seats in November — the most seats picked up by the Democrats in a mid-term since Watergate — they helped usher in a new era of extreme-left policies.

One of the benefactors in this transformation of Congress was the Democratic Socialist movement taking place within the Democrat party. In the 2018 election season, candidates endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) won in numbers significant enough to dictate policy and establish itself as the new base of the party.

Even before the new Congress opens for business, Nancy Pelosi has let it be known that many of the pet projects of the Democrat’s socialist agenda will be revisited, including:

Unfortunately, Trump and the new GOP “leadership” team of Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell are on the same page as their Democrat counterparts on these issues.

On the global warming front, one of the fresh faces of Democratic Socialists is Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), and she’s the brainchild — a term I use loosely — behind the effort to create the Green New Deal, which urges lawmakers to pass legislation forcing the U.S. to become 100% dependent on green energy.

Former Vice President and current High Priest of the Church of Global Warming Al Gore is orgasmic with excitement to see his fake climate science back in the spotlight, and he gave the Green New Deal his blessing.

By the way, Trump has let his daughter Ivanka set global warming policy, and shortly after his victory in 2016 she and Daddy met with Rev. Gore to discuss climate issues. When asked afterward how the meeting went, Gore said, “The bulk of the time was spent with the president-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued.”

Earlier this year, I wrote a piece warning that the United Socialist States of America was closer than we realized and how a Blue Tsunami in November would give rise to Democratic socialism and a revived extreme-left agenda. I’m sad to say this is exactly what happened.

Unfortunately, with Trump already talking about building a “beautiful relationship with Pelosi” in order to grab a few policy “victories” for his 2020 campaign, and with the same tired leadership controlling the GOP in Congress, the USSA really could be just around the bend.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Katie Brennan story would be nationally covered if her alleged rapist were a Republican

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Katie Brennan story would be nationally covered if her alleged rapist were a Republican

Katie Brennan claims she was raped. She reported the incident to the police. After their investigation, they said there wasn’t enough evidence to arrest and convict her alleged rapist. Undaunted, Brennan worked her way up the ladder until finally calling on Governor Phil Murphy himself, a man she volunteered for in his election campaign, to meet with her and discuss the alleged rapist on his payroll.

Unfortunately for Brennan, the chief of staff at the state’s housing agency and a former volunteer for the governor’s campaign, she was accusing a powerful Democrat in deep-blue New Jersey. There was little chance she was going to be heard by anyone in public office, so she did what she hoped wouldn’t be necessary. She contacted the press.

A Sexual-Assault Accusation in New Jersey Spotlights a National Dilemma

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-sexual-assault-accusation-in-new-jersey-exposes-a-national-dilemma-1539542172A meeting with the governor was never scheduled. And months later, the man, Albert J. Alvarez, was still working for the state, as chief of staff at the New Jersey Schools Development Authority. Mr. Alvarez resigned his position Oct. 2, the same day the Journal emailed him for comment.

“At each turn, I’ve just felt so disappointed,” Ms. Brennan said in an interview. “I tried everything. And none of it worked. If I can’t get any justice, I just don’t seriously know who can.”

Now, she faces skepticism from many people who have claimed the #MeToo mantle as their own. It caught her by surprise. In her public hearing yesterday, she told the story from the time of the alleged rape all the way through to now.

“I thought if any administration could make progressive reforms, it would be this one,” Brennan said during her testimony.

She has every right to be baffled by the way she has been treated, even recently. The attorney general found no wrongdoing by the district attorney who turned her away and refused to file charges against her alleged rapist, Al Alvarez. How they came to that conclusion without even attempting to interview Brennan herself is unfathomable.

Putting together the pieces, it’s starting to make more sense. The last thing any Democratic lawmaker in the state of New Jersey wants is for their boss to be seen as ignoring a sexual assault allegation against one of his top staffers made by a former campaign volunteer.

Katie Brennan Responds To AG’s Finding In Review Of Rape Allegation Investigation

https://www.insidernj.com/katie-brennan-responds-ags-finding-review-rape-allegation-investigation/“The integrity of every government body involved in the Attorney General’s investigation has been called into question. I am deeply discouraged that the Attorney General’s Office could rush to its conclusion without the Attorney General or Office of Public Integrity and Accountability ever even requesting to speak with me. They have not heard my story directly. They have not allowed my concerns to be heard or asked me any clarifying questions.

“Had I been asked, I would have told them that, contrary to some reports, the first and only time I met Prosecutor Suarez was at a dinner on August 30, 2018.

My Take

This is purely political, 100%. I was shocked it wasn’t getting national attention back in October when the WSJ article first dropped.

Why isn’t Katie Brennan’s #MeToo accusation getting national attention?

http://noqreport.com/2018/10/15/isnt-katie-brennans-metoo-accusation-getting-national-attention/It’s the type of story that should have received national attention immediately. It was sourced by a respected major news outlet, the Wall Street Journal. Both the accuser and the accused are high-ranking public official in New Jersey’s government. The accused stepped down two weeks ago when approached by WSJ for comment. Katie Brennan’s story is a major newsworthy scandal.

As of Monday morning, a day after the story officially broke and four days after it was leaked to other major news outlets, both mainstream media and the #MeToo movement are essentially silent.

As I did in October, I waited a day before writing about this because I assumed, surely this time leftist mainstream media could no longer ignore this story. Searches for “Katie Brennan” on Google News today reveal it’s still essential only being covered by local press. The networks aren’t picking it up. Outlets like the NY Times and WaPo aren’t picking it up. The Wall Street Journal continues to cover it, but Politico is the only major left-leaning outlet to even mention Katie Brennan.

It’s an extremely credible story of a woman allegedly raped by a powerful man protected by his cohorts in government. If it was a Republican rapist protected by a Republican governor, this would be huge. Instead, media is sweeping it under the rug.

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