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As Nikki Haley speaks up for sexual misconduct accusers, will the President listen?

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An Nikki Haley speaks up for sexual misconduct accusers will the President listen

Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley spoke up this morning for women who have accused men in power of sexual misconduct, stating she believes they should be heard. At one point in the interview on “Face the Nation,” she went so far as to address the women who accused then-candidate Trump of sexual misconduct.

Nikki Haley: All women who have experienced sexual misconduct should be heard — even Trump’s accusers

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/nikki-haley-all-women-who-have-experienced-sexual-misconduct-should-be-heard-even-trumps-accusers/article/2643073She even bucked President Trump and the party line when she said the 2016 election didn’t totally settle the question of whether Trump’s accusers should be believed.

Many Trump supporters have argued the 2016 election meant the voters had decided on if he was guilty of sexual harassment.

Haley said elections shouldn’t keep women from speaking out.

“Women who accuse anyone should be heard,” she said. “They should be heard, they should be dealt with. I think we heard from them prior to the election and I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.”

She added, “I know that he was elected, but women should always feel comfortable coming forward we should all be willing to listen to them.”

Nothing that she said was anti-Trump. How will it be perceived by the general public, the media, and most importantly her boss in the coming days? Will the President take this as a stab in the back? Will he acknowledge that the current trend in American society is to protect the accusers while examining their stories for validity?

As far as we can tell, the accusers in most high-profile situations have been classified properly. Those that have legitimate claims have been heard and in many cases their accusations have led to the removal of powerful men from their office. When accusations are shown to not be credible, the response has been equal but opposite. This trend is good as long as discernment is clear. When credible accusations are denounced or when false accusations generate inappropriate responses, this could turn into a major problem. So far, accusations over the last few months have been properly handled by both the media and the public.

What Haley brings up may start to come to bear soon. The President, who had over a dozen accusations made against him during the campaign, has denied them all. Since they came out during a contentious political season, those women weren’t “heard” despite claims by the White House that the election of President Trump puts those accusations to bed. They don’t, but that doesn’t mean they’ll ever be truly heard. Unless new accusations are made against the President, he will likely be the one immune party to this wave of recent accusations.

On the other hand, if credible accusations are made that tell us something we don’t already know, the whole question could rise back up. A report yesterday by a former Fox News anchor told us what we already know, that the President likes to kiss women on the lips, which is why it didn’t spark much controversy.

Ex-Fox News anchor claims a married Trump tried to kiss her

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ex-fox-news-anchor-claims-married-trump-kiss-article-1.3686683Juliet Huddy, who left a local Fox News station after accusing Bill O’Reilly of sexual misconduct, told New York radio host Bill Schulz that Trump tried to smooch her on the lips after taking her out to lunch in 2005 or 2006 at his namesake skyscraper. The incident allegedly occurred right around the time Trump married his third wife, Melania.

“He said goodbye to me in an elevator while his security guy was there,” Huddy recalled. “Rather than kiss me on the cheek, he leaned in to kiss me on the lips. I wasn’t offended. I was kind of like, ‘Oh my God.’”

Huddy said she didn’t feel “threatened” by Trump, but called the interaction a “weird moment.”

Haley’s comments are spot on. The President shouldn’t view them as a betrayal. She said all victims of sexual misconduct need to be heard, even if they’re making accusations against the most powerful man in the world. If the President is smart, he won’t make an issue of this. Haley has been one of the stars of his administration. If he turns on her, it will not end well.

President Trump has dozens of targets on his back. Sexual misconduct is just one of them, but it may be the one that hurts him and his party electorally if he ever lashes out about it. He may not like what Haley said, but he shouldn’t respond. He really shouldn’t even address it. He should simply forget about it and do nothing that can be construed as retaliation.

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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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