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Like Hillary, Trump finds phone security “too inconvenient” to worry about

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During the presidential debates, Donald Trump routinely attacked Hillary Clinton for using a private email server during her time as Secretary of State. Though he changed his mind after winning the election, Trump went so far as to promise the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate her illegal activity.

With chants of “lock her up” echoing through the adoring crowds attending his rallies, Trump often reminded his supporters that Hillary’s email-server scandal was likely criminal due to the serious threat it posed to national security.

Hillary’s “extremely careless” behavior, as the FBI called it, proved to be a valid concern. During their investigation, the FBI confirmed that Hillary’s email servers, as well as her cell-phones, were repeatedly targeted by hackers. Due to the lack of proper security features, the hackers may have had some success.

Concern over Hillary’s threat to national security was well justified, which is why a recent story in Politico about Donald Trump should create the same concern where have recently learned that the Tweeter-in-Chief is using cell-phone equipment that creates the same threat to national security.

According to senior officials in the White House, Trump is using a cell-phone that isn’t equipped with the vital security features considered necessary to protect him from hacking or surveillance.

Trump uses two iPhones—one for voice calling and one for his Twitter fixation—and aids have urged him to swap out the Twitter phone on a monthly basis. However, Trump has rejected these security-check requests, calling them “too inconvenient” to comply with, which is the same excuse used by Hillary when her cell-phone equipment was investigated by the FBI.

Apparently, Trump often goes up to five months between security checks on his Twitter phone. It’s unknown how often Trump’s voice phone is swapped out, but since it has a camera and a microphone, it makes Trump susceptible to hackers who can use those features to monitor his movements.

Trump has the authority, of course, to override or ignore the advice of his staff on this issue but doing so is irresponsible and creates a national security risk. Just like Hillary!

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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5 reasons Trump’s conservative detractors need to rethink their stance

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5 reasons Trumps conservative detractors need to rethink their stance

President Trump makes mistakes. All presidents do. All humans do. He also has many policies that have done what he said would happen. They’re making America great again. I wasn’t one who bought into the slogan before, but I’ve come around. I’ve seen what has happened over the last three years. More importantly, I have a clear vision of what would happen if he is not reelected.

There are a few things that must be established before I get into the meat and potatoes of this article. The first is understanding the difference between “critics” and “detractors.” Many, perhaps most, who support President Trump do so without question. It doesn’t matter what he says or does. They love it. I am a “critic” of the President’s. When he does well, I praise. When he does poorly, I criticize. I spoke out profusely about the administration’s bump stock ban. I pleaded for months against replacing free trade with fair trade with several articles before acknowledging after the tariffs were in place that if we’re going to have a trade war, we need to go all the way. No half-measures. The fastest path to free trade is by crushing China into economic submission. These and other issues define me as a Trump critic while still allowing me to support him unabashedly.

Detractors are against the President wholly. Those conservatives who have turned from criticism to insult are detractors. And in the nature of detractors, they are taking away from the President’s ability to win. Perhaps a better way of putting it is they are actively increasing the chances of Democratic Socialists taking control in Washington DC. They’ll justify their actions by saying things like, “Trump’s just as bad” or “If he can’t take criticism he shouldn’t be in the White House.” But what they’re really saying is they hate the President so much they’d rather America be transformed piece by piece into a socialist state.

Honest criticism is righteous and necessary to keep the President and the GOP heading in the right direction. Detracting from their abilities to lead and win in 2020 is de facto support for the opposition, which is the Democrats. There is ZERO chance any of the primary challengers now or in the future can do anything other than harm the President’s chances of victory. We can do advanced political calculus all we want and try to goad the President into debating Bill Weld, Joe Walsh, John Kasich, Justin Amash, or whoever else wants to challenge him, but it’s disingenuous to try to disguise this as anything other than an attempt to embarrass the President. Competition internally will not make the Republican Party stronger in this case. We had our chance to put someone else in the Oval Office during the 2016 primaries and we lost. Now, we must be proper defenders of the Constitution against the machinations of he radical progressives trying to take it down.

I was “NeverTrump” for a while, especially during and after the 2016 primaries. I was so against him and most of the GOP that I started a new political party. Over time I learned a few things, which I will detail below.

As a final point before diving into the topic at hand, it should be noted that our efforts to launch the American Conservative Movement hinge on support for President Trump and conservatives within the GOP. If there are opportunities to replace RINOs with Constitutional conservatives, we must seize on them. The protections against detractors given to President Trump within this movement do not apply to RINOs on Capitol Hill or in state offices around the country because we actually can make a difference there. We can support strong Constitutional conservatives to replace RINOs without fear of contradiction to the cause because the source of the movement is adherence to proper policies, not bowing to the party itself. And a movement that would exclude Trump supporters would’t be much of a movement at all.

In short, it behooves conservatives across America to support the President and conservatives in other offices as we push forward towards 2020. Many have grown indignant and disenchanted with the party and/or its leader, but there are five important reasons why these people need to suck it up and focus on doing what’s best for America.

The binary choice

It’s important to start with this one, not because it’s the most pressing reason but because two important points must be made regarding this. I’m not a fan of binary choices, which is why I tried to start a new political party. But until such a time comes when we aren’t forced to pick between Democrats and Republicans, those will be the only two valid cards we’re dealt.

There’s another component of binary choice that must be understood, one I eluded to before. Many of President Trump’s conservative detractors say we can get someone better to run as a Republican for president. They say that this “someone” has a very small chance of defeating President Trump. When they say this, they’re wrong. Any Republican who runs against President Trump has absolutely zero chance of defeating him. Striving for better in the face of futility is not honorable, not when the damage done is beneficial to the opposition.

But it’s bigger than just the Oval Office. Without massive support for President Trump, the down-ballot races will fall like flies hitting a bug zapper. Turnout is everything in presidential elections, and I can say with a high degree of certainty that Democratic turnout in 2020 will break records. If Republican turnout doesn’t do the same, we’re not just going to lose the White House. We’re going to lose the Senate. We’ll lose governors and mayors. The House of Representatives will return to the pre-1994 days when Democrats controlled it for decades.

The economy

Unemployment is at an all-time low, particularly for African- and Hispanic-Americans.

Wages are finally rising after nearly two decades of stagnation and fiscal mismanagement kept wage growth slowed compared to cost of living.

The dollar is strong. Wall Street is flourishing. Prosperity is on the rise.

Whether you attribute these positives to President Obama, Congress, or President Trump, you do so without knowing for sure because nobody can honestly and definitively give proper credit when it comes to the economy. That’s the nature of economics and why there’s still plenty of debate over what works and what does not. But the easiest attribution can be given to the 2018 tax cuts, and both President Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress delivered on them.

The last thing we need is a Democratic Congress and president reversing the tax cuts and potentially doing great harm to the economy.

The Supreme Court

When the 2020 election takes place, there will be three Justices in their 60s, two in their 70s, and two in their 80s. The next two presidential terms could realistically expect to control the nominations of 2-4 or more Supreme Court Justice seats.

Imagine if Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Instead of two decent Justices in Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, we would have a very left-leaning Supreme Court that is pro-abortion, anti-gun, and pro-authoritarian rule.

This is the omnipresent argument about the presidency and the Senate. Every presidential election makes this the great equalizer when someone we don’t necessarily like represents our party for the presidency.

The border

Despite unhinged Democrats, activist judges, and feckless GOP leadership during the two years they had total control of Capitol Hill with a Republican in the Oval Office, the administration has still made the most strides to protect the border than any administration in history. Supporters often invoke “best in history” when referring to President Trump’s various policies, but this is one that is actually backed up by demonstrable actions.

The border crisis was inevitable. We should have seen it coming five years ago. We definitely should have seen it coming before the midterm elections. But we didn’t. Now, we’re stuck fighting the migrant surge with both arms tied behind our backs. But the President is doing everything he can to stop it. He listened to bad advice from the aforementioned feckless Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, but we can assume that won’t happen again. And hopefully, if the GOP regains control of both chambers, they learned their lesson as well.

We’ll make sure they do if they haven’t already.

Without the President’s stance on the border issue, we will have open borders. This is as inevitable as the border crisis was. This point alone should be enough to scare detractors into rethinking their stance, but I have one more, just in case…

The existential threat

I am sick of hearing from so-called conservatives that President Trump is no better than the Democrats running for office. It takes a heavy degree of willful ignorance to not recognize the difference between President Trump’s faults and the existential threats knocking on the White House’s door. The best-case scenario for healthcare under a Democratic president and Congress is a public option and massive expansion of Obamacare, which itself will bankrupt this nation. The various iterations of Medicare-for-All would set this country on an unavoidable collision course with Modern Monetary Theory, the destruction of the dollar, and an economic collapse that would make 2008 seem like a minor fractional correction.

Gun control will be enacted, and I’m not talking about universal background checks or red flag gun laws. The gun control the Democrats will enact will essentially suspend the 2nd Amendment.

Then, there’s the abortion issue. If there’s one thing that disturbs me the most about “conservatives” or “Christians” who oppose President Trump and/or the GOP, it’s this issue. We’ve seen what happens when Democrats are in control of states. Abortion isn’t just available. It’s promoted. There are laws passing now that allow babies born after failed abortions to be left to die. Every “conservative” or “Christian” who works to prevent the President and the GOP from winning in 2020 is pro-abortion in their actions even if their rhetoric pretends to say otherwise.

Self-righteous attacks on the President in light of what has been accomplished and more importantly based on what will be lost if the Democrats take control is not an expression of one’s conscience. It’s selfish and will work towards the unraveling of this nation as we know it.

America is heading in the right direction. President Trump is far from perfect. Everybody is. But “conservatives” who work against him in today’s political scenario are working towards the destruction of America through Democratic control.

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Why Republicans should hope Sanders or Warren is the Democratic nominee

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Why Republicans should hope Sanders or Warren is the Democratic nominee

For the record, I am not condoning any activities by Republicans to sway Democrats one way or the other. It’s their nomination to make. But that doesn’t mean we can’t hope for an outcome, and based on a report from… wait for it… CNN, the best candidates for President Trump to beat are Senators Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders.

Both are popular, polling 2nd and 3rd with each flip flopping from day to day with the other. One claims to be a socialist while the other acts like a socialist pretending to not be one. But they have many policy proposals in common, including one that could either of them in the general election.

As it turns out, there are plenty of people who like their health insurance. To make matters worse, there are plenty of people who also do not like the idea of losing their health insurance or being forced to accept whatever concoction the government can spew forth with Medicare-for-All.

Warren and Sanders say Americans don’t like their health insurance. Polls don’t back that up.

A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that when it comes to expanding coverage and lowering health care costs 55% of Democrats and Democratic leaning independents prefer to vote for a candidate who does so by building on the Affordable Care Act. Only 40% want do so by voting for voting for a candidate who replaces the ACA with Medicare for All.

This poll is consistent with previous Kaiser polls on the subject in finding Democrats wanting to vote for someone who builds on the ACA.

This tells us two things many conservatives have known for a long time. First, it tells us Americans like choices. Second, it tells us Americans do not want to be forced onto a government program even if it’s allegedly free… or perhaps especially if it’s allegedly free.

While most polls show former VP Joe Biden would be the toughest for President Trump to beat, I’ve long suspected his gaffes and potentially deteriorating cognitive state would make him the most vulnerable. But this new data seems to say the polls are right, that Biden may be tougher than Sanders or Warren simply because his proposed Obamacare 2.0 with a public option may be the most popular proposal out there, including with moderates.

Single-payer healthcare, which eliminates all choices while taking down the quality of services provided, could be the silver bullet that takes down the two socialist werewolves. The only question is whether Democrats or President Trump will get to use it.

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Elizabeth Heng’s video draws irrational response from AOC

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Elizabeth Hengs video draws irrational response from AOC

Elizabeth Heng is a Republican. She made that clear in a video her PAC ran during last night’s Democratic debate. It drew heavy criticism from the left as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s picture was burned in the beginning of the video to reveal death and misery from Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge genocide, of which Heng’s father almost fell victim.

Meanwhile, many on the right are cheering the bold statement against socialism, which Ocasio-Cortez unabashedly supports. “This is the face of socialism and ignorance,” the video begins just before the image of Ocasio-Cortez burns away.

ABC drew fire for airing the ad, but Democrats should be thankful they did. If it had been censored, chances are it would have been given even more attention than it already has. But instead of sitting back and letting her tribe defend her, AOC decided to chime in with an irrational response that will highlight the video even further.

When all you have is a hammer, everything becomes a nail. For AOC, all she has is the race card, so of course she accuses this video of somehow appealing to… white supremacists?

No, @AOC, this is not a love letter to white supremacists. It’s a warning to all Americans that the unhinged tenets of the socialism you promote would lead to death and destruction if you’re ever given the power to bring it to America.

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