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Washington Post offers its guide to ‘being presidential’

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The ever-helpful Washington Post editorial board has come up with a handy guide for President Trump to use in deciding what’s “presidential” behavior.

A few excerpts:

Instead of saying “You know I’d  love it if the cameras could show this crowd, because it is rather incredible. It is incredible.” The Post suggests this:

As we begin, I just want to say on behalf of all Americans that our hearts go out to the 10 American sailors who are missing in the terrible accident involving our 7th Fleet on the other side of the world, and to their families. Our brave men and women serve far from home for months and years at a time and take grave risks every day to keep us free, and this should serve as a reminder of how much we owe them.

Instead of lifting up convicted former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, they have an alternate universe where Trump praises John McCain as “an inspiration,” offers heartfelt thoughts on McCain’s battle with brain cancer, and urges him to “get well and come back soon, John.”

Instead of “But believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” they suggest:

So let’s not play games here. I’ve got priorities. The Democrats have priorities. I’m ready to sit down and talk and make a deal. But nobody — nobody — should ever threaten to shut down our government.

This inventive alternative to Trump’s actual comments ignores a key fact, that Trump is acting. He said as much in his response on Twitter.

“Enthusiastic, dynamic, and fun.” That’s a review of a Broadway show. It’s very clear that Trump considers his rallies to be entertainment, not presidential events. He uses them to fire up a crowd of supporters, and in turn they fire him up. Truth and statements of charity, thoughts and prayers, and clarity are not part of the fun package.

The president is simply demonstrating what they call in Hollywood his “range.” Look, he can play somber, respectful, strong; or dynamic and fun. He’s a man for all occasions.

The stuck-up know-it-alls at the Washington Post simply don’t like it when he changes roles too often. They’ve typecast him as The West Wing president, or The Joker. It confuses them when he’s both.

Funny thing is, his crowd totally gets it. Most of America totally gets it, though they’d prefer not to hear some of the rally rhetoric. Yet, the press incessantly covers it.

Why don’t they do themselves (and Trump) a favor, and simply turn off the cameras for real, let Trump rant, and report nothing from these rallies where Trump is simply blathering for his own benefit?

I’ll tell you why. He competes with them for entertainment, and they resent it. So they’ve given him a script, and ask that he kindly stick to it.

Good luck with that, WaPo.

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  1. wordpress8er

    August 24, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Trump’s base certainly eats it up with a spoon, but then one has to wonder how many of them can discern reality from am amusing reality TV narrative. That Trump’s approval rating continues its shrink suggest the appeal of president as clown prince in chief is self limiting. .

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Newt Gingrich on funding compromise: “If they keep the bill the way it is now, I don’t see any way they can pass it,”

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Newt Gingrich on funding compromise If they keep the bill the way it is now I dont see any way they

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was very pleased when he heard about the compromise the President was offering Democrats. Upon reading the details, he believes there’s no way enough Democrats in the Senate will vote for it to avoid a filibuster.

“They will get many more votes if they clean the bill up. If they keep the bill the way it is now, I don’t see any way they can pass it,” said Gingrich.

A Trump ally, Gingrich has supported the President’s efforts to fund part of a wall on our southern border but feels there are too many small points in the proposal that strike at Democrats’ nerves to get them to vote for it, such as making it harder for minors from Central America to seek asylum.

My Take

There is no path to passing a bill that includes border wall funding unless the President gives up too much. It’s time for him to have his Secretary of Defense use 10 U.S.C. 284 to begin construction of the border wall now.


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This is what the President should do to end the shutdown and build the wall

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This is what the President should do to end the shutdown and build the wall

A good journalist would take the details of the plan I’m about to lay out and expand on every excruciating detail in order to give it some meat. I’m going to keep this really, really straight forward. In fact, I’m going to do it in Twitter format – 280-characters or less per paragraph.

Dear Mr. President: There is a path you can take to improve border security, end the shutdown, deliver the State of the Union, build the wall, and make Democrats look like intellectual lightweights…

1. Accept the deal the Democrats are offering to fund $5.7 billion towards improved border security. Make a plan for improved technology, more border patrol agents, and more immigration judges. Let’s catch them more easily and either let them in or send them home faster.

2. Open up the government. Get these people their paychecks, get tax returns and food stamps out on time, and get the TSA and other government agencies working properly again. Hold a big press conference with Nancy Pelosi inviting you to the State of the Union.

3. Keep quiet until the State of the Union. Tweet about this man’s book or that woman’s awesome award. Tweet about the State of the Union, Venezuela, term limits (conservatives would LOVE that!). Tweet about ANYTHING other than the wall.

4. At the #SOTU, lead with jobs/economy, but quickly shift to the border crisis. Reveal that with some of the money allocated for border security, you’re assigning a task force of law enforcement’s drug smuggling and transnational organized crime experts to find border issues.

5. Announce you are having them request support from the Secretary of Defense, at which point he can invoke 10 U.S.C. 284 to begin immediate construction of a steel slat border fence in the areas deemed vulnerable by your task force.

6. Thank the Democrats for funding the necessary components of border security that will work in conjunction with the new border wall. Smile big. Point at Nancy Pelosi. Give her a hearty clap and ask the crowd to join you.

7. Once all this is done, work with your advisers to come up with a fair but clear cut way to make Mexico pay for it. They may not write a check, but we still have plenty of leverage to extract the funds through other means.

Some of you will note that I’m not a fan of the President’s, so why would I offer a solution. I’m a fan of America. I want the border secured. I want Americans to get paid instead of being political pawns. I may not agree with everything the President does or how he goes about doing it, but we need to set aside our complaints for now to get the wall built and the government shutdown ended.

This series of actions would let the President and America have our cake and eat it, too. More funds for border security. Government shutdown ended. Border wall getting built. This is exactly what the President needs to do to win big for all of us.


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Illegal alien Hector Montez arrested for allegedly raping, impregnating 15-year-old

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Illegal alien Hector Montez arrested for allegedly raping impregnating 15-year-old

DNA tests will determine whether twice-deported illegal alien Hector Montez is the father of a baby born to a 15-year-old girl. She alleges that Montez kidnapped and sexually assaulted her. Montez is in custody at Kings County Jail.

“We’ve made the arrest. However the investigation is still ongoing and there are still questions that need to be answered,” said Commander Mark Bevens with the Kings County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim claims she met Montez on social media and accepted a ride home from school on day. Instead of taking her home, he allegedly took her to a rural area near Lemoore, California, where he sexually assaulted her.

Montez has been arrested before. An illegal alien from Honduras, Montez has already been deported twice but continues to cross the southern border with Mexico illegally.

“They initially began communicating in February of 2018 and it was in March of 2018 that they met for the first time when he picked her up from school to give her a ride home and that’s when the sexual assault occurred,” Commander Bevens said.

Montez is being held on $5.2 million bail.

My Take

Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, even illegal immigrants. But even if they cannot prove kidnapping, the DNA tests should tell if the 31-year-old impregnated the 15-year-old.

Even before this heinous alleged crime, it’s clear Montez has no intention of staying in Honduras if deported. He will likely continue to cross the southern border until we do something about our border crisis.


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