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Trump was wrong to say what he said. Durbin was wrong to reveal it.

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Trump was wrong to say what he said Durbin was wrong to reveal it

President Trump’s “straight talk” that helped get him elected has proven to be detrimental to his leadership of the nation on multiple occasions. The latest “s***hole” incident may be the worst, but only because of Senator Dick Durbin. He, more than Trump, has hurt the nation dramatically.

Before we get into Durbin’s sins, let’s get one thing out of the way. President Trump absolutely did use the phrase, “s***hole countries.” We know this based upon the reactions of Republicans in the room at the time. Had he not said it, their reactions would have been unambiguous. They would have attacked Durbin as a liar, firing all weapons as a unified force declaring that Durbin was making up stories about the President. Instead, they’re all playing dumb:

I am not going to defend the President’s comments. He clearly shouldn’t have made them. However, comments like those made behind closed doors during extremely important negotiations that will affect hundreds of thousands of potential Americans directly and millions of Americans indirectly should not be revealed to the press. Here’s why:

Durbin hurt America as a whole

Comments made behind closed doors are leaked for one of two reasons: to assist in negotiations or to score political points. When used to assist in negotiations, these “leaks” are often well-planned and strategic, done for the sake of applying pressure to the other side from the press and constituents. In most cases, this type of leak is appropriate.

The other kind of leak is what Durbin did, and by doing so he has harmed America as a whole for the sake of hurting the President and his party. Had he been in a room when President Obama made similar comments, he would not have leaked them. Guess what. I would speculate many if not most Republicans in that situation wouldn’t have leaked them, either. That’s not to say they put the country before their party any better than the Democrats, but that’s a line I can’t imagine very many of them crossing.

Durbin crossed that line. He took comments that paint the entire country through the President himself in a way that harms our ability to work with other nations. He wasn’t championing the nations Trump spoke out about. He had a single intention: harm.

Will this help with negotiations? Possibly, but at what cost?

The great political pedestal

One more note. Every President has feelings they have expressed in private that they wouldn’t be proud of if they were made public. Why? Because every President, as far as we know, has been human. Every human has spoken regrettably even if some don’t really feel the regret directly. Most of us don’t have private conversations leaked to the press.

Politicians need to be held to higher standards, but they should not be placed on pedestals. Again, I’m not defending Trump on this one, but mainstream media seems to believe Obama and possibly some of the presidents who preceded him never said anything inappropriate behind closed doors. They all have. The difference is nobody was in the room with them at the time who had the same single-mindedness towards political expediency as Durbin.

Trump is an idiot for saying it, but Durbin hurt America by revealing it. Which sin is worse? Who cares? It’s another unfortunate series of events that were sparked by a President who shouldn’t be there, an opposition party that will go as low as they possibly can to hurt him, and a mainstream media that eats it all up like ravenous wolves.

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  1. Jan

    January 12, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Trump can’t negotiate with them in good faith.

  2. Deserttrek

    January 16, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    nothing wrong with the comment
    time for people to grow up, no wonder the Republic is failing

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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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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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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 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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