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Steve Bannon admits that RINOs and Trump are on the same team



Steve Bannon admits that RINOs and Trump are on the same team

In an unbelievable moment of transparency and honesty, Donald Trump’s problematic former chief strategist and advisor, Steve Bannon, admitted to something that everyone not drinking the orange Kool-Aid has always known — Congress is filled with establishment Republicans who will put Trump’s liberal agenda ahead of conservative principles.

In an interview with The Hill, Bannon admitted as much when he encouraged Trump supporters to roll up their sleeves and get to work helping to re-elect RINOs.

I guess that whole “drain the swamp” thingy is going to have to wait.

Using Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) as an example — he’s been in Washington for 21 years and garners a 50% (F) Liberty Score® from Conservative Review — Bannon explained:

“One of the things we have to convince people of is, it doesn’t matter that Pete Sessions is a RINO. He’s a vote for Donald Trump, and that’s all you have to think about. And not just, you have to vote for him — you’re going to have to go out and work a precinct, and ring doorbells, and do a phone bank for him.”

There you have it! Trump needs establishment RINOs — notice Bannon didn’t say conservatives — to support his agenda because conservatives won’t. Although, there are so-called conservatives in Congress who have sold their souls to Trump’s non-conservative agenda. I’m looking at you, House Freedom Caucus.

Bannon’s indirect admission is that Trump and the GOP are one and the same when it comes to being a RINO and that conservatism no longer represents the Republican party. It was just last week, for example, that I wrote about how the Convention of States Project and Club for Growth were using their organizations to promote Trump and re-elect establishment Republicans.

Beginning with Barry Goldwater in the 1960’s and culminating with Ronald Reagan in the 1980’s, conservatism had become the benchmark of the Republican party. However, beginning with George H. W. Bush, conservative values were abandoned by the GOP, giving rise to the RINO (Republican In Name Only) to describe the Republican party. Since that time, it has grown in popularity to describe people like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner during the Obama years.

However, in the Age of Trump, RINO has come to describe Republicans in other ways.

For example, RINO stood for Repeal In Name Only when it came to keeping the promise to destroy Obamacare “root and branch,” and it stood for Rescind In Name Only when it came to keeping the promise to get rid of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order.

Regardless of how it’s used, however, RINO will forever represent the Republican establishment — a party devoid of conservative ideals and willing to let liberal Democrats run the show.

You know, when you look at it that way, it’s no wonder Bannon is okay with re-electing RINOs. How else will the NY liberal in the White House get anything done?

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Rep. Seth Moulton enters the Democratic nomination race



Rep Seth Moulton enters the Democratic nomination race

The clown car continues to fill up as a new Democrat announces their presidential campaign seemingly every week. This time, it’s Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA), marking the third politician from Massachusetts to vie for the top spot. He joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former Republican governor Bill Weld as hopefuls from The Bay State.

An Iraq War veteran from the U.S. Marines, Moulton led efforts to replace Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi once the Democrats won back control of the House last year. His politics are pretty much indistinguishable from other candidates as he favors Medicare-for-All, gun control, and other common leftist notions.

Moulton has a tall mountain to climb on the fundraising side if he hopes to make it to the main debate stage. There’s still time, but he’ll need to get some heavy attention very quickly to be able to make a serious run.

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CNN does 67 updates for Sri Lanka story with ZERO mentions blaming Islamic terrorists



CNN does 67 updates for Sri Lanka story with ZERO mentions blaming Islamic terrorists

The narrative has already been set by American mainstream media on how they’re supposed to handle the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday. There are certain things that can be said and others that must be avoided at all costs. With reporting that has spanned nearly 24 hours and included 67 updates to the story, guess how many times CNN blamed Islamic terrorists for the attack.

If you guessed anything higher than zero, you gave CNN way too much credit.

I scanned the entire series of live updates they’ve been doing since the news broke. It’s all within one long story, making it easy to search for individual words, so I did. The results were depressing but expected. Even at this late hour, they still have not acknowledged the possibility that the act was committed by Islamic terrorists.

The closest they came to blaming radical Islamic terrorists in their primary coverage story was a mention in a quote by Diplomatic editor Nic Robertson in which he notes the obvious – that it has the “hallmarks” of Islamic terrorism – but then quickly notes that there are no known radical Islamic terrorist groups in the area.

“It is a very confused picture in terms of who may or may not be responsible. The Sri Lankan civil war ended 10 years ago, a 25 year long civil war, and the Tamil separatists there were a secular group. It would be very, very unlike them and their tactics ever to attack churches and particularly on such a holy day.”

“It has the hallmarks — or is intended to have the hallmarks — of Islamic extremists. But, again, these kinds of groups are unknown in Sri Lanka.”

This last notion is absolutely untrue, of course, as we now know the Chief of Police in Sri Lanka issued a warning about the Nations Thawahid Jaman (NTJ), an Islamist group led by Mohomad Saharan.

The CNN report mentioned the word “Muslim” four times: twice to note the percentage of the population of Sri Lanka that is Muslim, once to warn against reprisals against Muslims, and another to note there have been attacks against Muslims by Buddhist groups. Not once was it even speculated the attacks were carried out by Muslims.

The leftist narrative must be maintained and CNN will not break their allegiances. This was just some people that did something. It may look like an apple, but CNN will scream “banana, banana, banana” for as long as they can.

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We’ve reached ‘Peak Roger Stone’ on the timeline as he prepares to speak at strip club



Weve reached Peak Roger Stone on the timeline as he prepares to speak at strip club

President Trump’s long-time confidant and rabble-rouser Roger Stone is short on cash and looking for options as mounting legal fees reduce his wealth. In a move that can be categorized as “Peak Roger Stone,” the controversial figure is set to accept a large fee to speak at a strip club.

Stone will appear at the Paper Moon in Richmond, Virginia, along side ‘Manhattan Madam’ Kristin Davis of former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer fame.

Stone faces legal troubles for allegedly working with WikiLeaks to spread the DNC email hacks that helped President Trump win his election in 2016.

He has always been a controversial figure in and out of politics. Known for his willingness to speak his mind regardless of the consequences, Stone has been notably subdued since being shut down by a judge after he shared an Instagram post about her in February.

I’m not sure how having Roger Stone speaking will benefit the strip club’s business. He’s the exact opposite of what I picture most people expect to see when going to a strip club, but to each his own.

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