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Trump’s biggest miscalculation: Abusing those who are loyal to him

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Trumps biggest miscalculation Abusing those who are loyal to him

This has been a very bad week for the President. Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, and Jeff Sessions are causing him more pain than any Democrats or journalists. These are men who at one point were extremely loyal to him.

Rumors that Manafort might give over dirt on the Trump campaign in exchange for favorable sentencing are strong… and they’re the least of Trump’s worries right now. More immediate are his former lawyer, Cohen, and his current Attorney General, Sessions. The former seems to have plenty of beans to spill and a strong motivation to do so while the latter is shredding any doubt that he’ll be a hedge between the President and Robert Mueller.

Do Democrats want an impeachment fight?

https://www.wnd.com/2018/08/do-democrats-want-an-impeachment-fight/But if Cohen’s guilty plea and Tuesday’s conviction of campaign manager Paul Manafort do not imperil Trump today, what they portend is ominous. For Cohen handled Trump’s dealings for more than a decade and has pledged full cooperation with prosecutors from both the Southern District of New York and the Robert Mueller investigation.

Nothing that comes of this collaboration will be helpful to Trump.

Also, Manafort, now a convicted felon facing life in prison, has the most compelling of motives to “flip” and reveal anything that could be useful to Mueller and harmful to Trump.

Jeff Sessions finally punches back at Donald Trump — hard

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/23/politics/donald-trump-jeff-sessions-attorney-general/index.htmlWhat’s remarkable here is not that Trump attacked Sessions publicly. After all, Trump has called Sessions “weak” and beleaguered” and told multiple news outlets that he would have never hired Sessions if he had known the attorney general was going to recuse himself in the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

No, the truly unique thing here is that Sessions decided to actually speak up in his own defense. The only other time — that I can find — that Sessions directly responded to a Trump attack was back at the end of February, when the President tweeted this:

It’s difficult to fathom why the biggest threats to Trump’s Presidency came from men he wholeheartedly trusted. However, once we throw in the reality of who Trump is and what he does, it becomes pretty clear that this was inevitable.

Throughout his life, Trump has demonstrated a lack of regard for those who are around him while simultaneously demanding their undying loyalty. It’s as if he swings hardest at people who work for him when they do anything he deems disloyal. This is why his closest confidants are always one abusive comment away from abandoning him. Whether in public or private, Trump’s abuse of “his people” is well documented and strangely comical.

In the business world, the billionaire could afford to betray people while still expecting them to stay loyal. It’s in his nature to be abusing to those close to him. This trait wasn’t a secret that’s rearing its ugly head now that he’s in the White House. It’s been well known for decades, yet most Republicans chose to ignore it.

Most of his supporters still refuse to see things for how they are. They think this is just another series of attacks from the left and their lapdogs in the press. Unfortunately for them, these aren’t manufactured stories or “fake news,” and most of the analyses I’ve read other than the far-left attack pieces have been pretty spot on.

For once, even mainstream media is right when they say he’s in trouble. Sure, they’ve been saying that since he launched his campaign, but this time they’re correct. Even a broken watch is right twice a day.

By abusing those closest to him, Trump has created the vehicles of his political demise. Every day, the damage is mounting on the GOP. The only things they have going for them now are the flawed two-party system and an opposition party that can’t get its own act together. For this reason, the GOP has a slightly better chance than the President of making it through the next two election cycles without major losses.

The left has spent over three years trying to manufacture attacks against Trump that would force many of his supporters to abandon him. But Trump has proven to be his own worst enemy by picking the wrong people and then abusing them until they become his enemies.

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Liz Wheeler on the most disgusting part of the Jussie Smollett scandal

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Liz Wheeler on the most disgusting part of the Jussie Smollett scandal

There are plenty of things about the Jussie Smollett scandal that should disgust us. The instant reaction by celebrities, politicians, and the media is right there at the top, especially when we consider how many are now saying, “let’s wait for the facts.” The notion that a successful gay black man thought it appropriate to make himself seem like a victim is also up there.

As One America News Network’s Liz Wheeler points out, we should also be disgusted that Smollett chose this victim status over being a strong leader and role model for less privileged black and gay people who could have looked up to him for his strength instead of now being scornful of his weakness.

What does that say about America when the left tries so hard to build the narrative that everything is wrong, they’re unwilling to recognize the real problems that are plaguing America. Why? Because they’re the biggest part of the problem.

 


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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

It’s been an up-and-down couple of weeks for proponents of the Green New Deal. Before details were released, it was already being heralded as the greatest thing since President Obama’s election. Then, the details came out and even many on the left were taken aback by the ambitious and incoherent provisions of the deal as detailed in a FAQ section on Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s government web page.

But that was just a draft. They took it down. At least that was the story.

Unfortunately for proponents, they were caught a little flat-footed as questions started pouring in about, well, all of it. Even if we dismiss the less-draconian concepts such as eliminating air travel or the less-sane ideas like taking care of those who are unwilling to work, the left is still stuck with a proposal that the most frugal estimates put at costing around $7 trillion while other’s consider the decade-long cost to be in the HUNDREDS of trillions of dollars.

This is, of course, ludicrous. There’s not enough money in the entire world to pay for the proposal if its cost is somewhere between the lowest and highest estimates, but that hasn’t stopped leftist media from regrouping. Now that the dust has settled a little bit, they’re doing everything they can to recommit to this concept. It’s not that they suddenly believe in this fairy tale. It’s that they don’t want this to be the issue Republicans attack in the 2020 elections.

One article in particular that I read from CNN (yes, sometimes I need to see what the other side is thinking) really struck me for its honesty about the situation. Though I stopped reading it in paragraph two when it referred to “non-partisan” PolitiFact, I went back to it just now to digest the awfulness fully (see the sacrifices I make for our readers!).

To be clear, much of what this article says is correct. It asserts the GOP will take the tenets of the Green New Deal and use it to scare voters into thinking it’s even worse than Obamacare. From 2010 through 2016, Republicans attacked Obamacare incessantly and it worked, giving them the House in 2010, the Senate in 2014, and the White House in 2016. Unfortunately, they stopped there and didn’t actually go after Obamacare with the same fervor they held in their campaign rhetoric and now the Democrats have turned the issue on its head.

But here’s the thing. Obamacare may have been bad, but the Green New Deal truly is worse. It’s not even close. Even if we take at face value the notion that the Green New Deal is simply an ambitious framework around which real legislation can be forged, we have to look at the core issues entailed in order to see the true damage it can do. This is a socialist document. It’s a call for the same levels of insanity that drive the Medicare-for-All movement. Within its frivolous attempts to change perceptions of air travel, cows, and job creation is a deep-rooted desire to convert Americans to needing more government.

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The Green New Deal represents the far-left’s desire to make more American dependent on government. At the same time, it aims to increase the levels of dependency for those who are already in need of assistance. It wants Democrats to latch their wagons on the notion that if we become a militantly environmentalist nation, that will serve the dual purpose of giving us fulfillment while saving the planet.

I believe most leftist journalists understand this, but they see in the ridiculous framework a path through which Republicans can be defeated wholesale in 2020 as long as the left can control the narrative surrounding the Green New Deal. They fear another Obamacare counterinsurgency that would wipe out the anti-Trump gains they made in 2018, so they’ve adopted a stance that the Green New Deal isn’t as bad as Fox News says it is. Meanwhile, they’re doing everything they can to say, “look over here and not at the Green New Deal.”

The politics behind what the Green New Deal represents is more in play than the tenets of the proposal itself, at least in the eyes of leftist media. It’s not that they want to promote the concept. They simply don’t want the concept to derail their party in the next election.

 


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Louis Farrakhan refers to Ilhan Omar as ‘sweetheart,’ prompting zero outrage

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Louis Farrakhan refers to Ilhan Omar as sweetheart prompting zero outrage

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan referred to Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as “Sweetheart” as he addressed her during a speaking engagement on Sunday. He apparently caught his faux pas and immediately justified the remark, but at that point the moniker which many consider to be sexist or misogynistic had already been noted.

Nevertheless, it didn’t cause the stir one might expect. As a far-left progressive, Omar is known for being a feminist icon on Capitol Hill even though she hasn’t been in office for a full two months yet. As our EIC noted, the lack of a rebuke was because of the source, not because she now feels it’s okay to refer to her as “sweetheart.”

The statement came as Farrakhan was telling Omar she shouldn’t be sorry for the statements she made last week about Israel, AIPAC, and Jewish influence in Washington DC, particularly over Republicans.

In a world where consistency was still considered a virtue, followers of Omar would be wondering why she’s not expressing outrage over the belittling reference from a powerful man. But the world isn’t consistent and Farrakhan always gets a pass.

 


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