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Trump’s biggest mistake: Hiring Paul Manafort

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When Paul Manafort was first announced as campaign manager for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign, most Americans asked, “Who?” He wasn’t exactly a household name at the time, but reports started trickling out that painted him in a negative light. It was still during a time before the media started really going after then-candidate Trump, so Manafort wasn’t as heavily targeted as he would have been had his tenure lasted well into the general election season.

But even a cursory investigation into Manafort’s past revealed very startling information. His ties to both the Russians and Ukrainians were evident, as was his penchant for playing political hardball. Perhaps this was what was so appealing about him to candidate Trump who is known as a fighter. But alarm bells should have been ringing loud and clear that Manafort was the kind of guy you wanted on your side if you’re trying to circumvent the government, not when you’re trying to become part of it.

None of this seemed to concern candidate Trump. If anything, it made Manafort appealing enough to give him the reins over the campaign for a short period of time. It was during his reign that Manafort was able to do serious damage that is now coming back to haunt the President.

Reports of polling information being given to Russians who had ties to their intelligence agencies may be the smoking gun Robert Mueller has been holding for a while. When he declared last month that Manafort’s plea deal was done because he had told lies while allegedly cooperating with the investigation, many analysts assumed there was something important in Mueller’s pocket. Manafort had already been convicted at that point on separate charges. His cooperation no longer needed to be secured.

If Mueller has evidence the Trump campaign was feeding sensitive information to Russia they could use to help candidate Trump win the election, this is the big C-word – collusion – and it would have been as close to the orbit of candidate Trump as anything we’ve seen so far. Forget meetings with Trump Jr. Forget Michael Flynn’s meetings during transition. If candidate Trump’s campaign manager himself was directly dealing with Russian contacts over sensitive election information, the only thing left for the President to claim is that he was completely left out of the loop by his closest allies.

In the President’s defense, this is actually quite possible. Plausible deniability is in full effect here, and whether Manafort discussed his Russian intentions with candidate Trump or not, it will be very difficult to prove it. Knowing what we know about Manafort, there’s a very good chance he actually did try to cut deals with the Russians without his boss’s knowledge.

While collusion directly between the President and Russian nationals almost certainly didn’t happen, this doesn’t change one glaring observation about the President. He doesn’t pick the “best people” as he often claims. He surrounds himself with people like Manafort, Steve Bannon, Roger Stone, and a gaggle of nefarious characters who have all gotten the President in trouble by association. These aren’t good people. The President’s orbit has been littered with the type of swamp creatures he promised to get rid of when elected President.

None of this is likely to impact the President directly. But he desperately needs to put the Mueller investigation behind him before the 2020 election season ramps up. He put his trust in the wrong people and that trust is going to come back and bite him.

It’s ironic that the people who helped him win his first election may be the people who cost him his second election. With the rise of radical leftism in the Democratic Party, now is not the time for vulnerability in the GOP’s 2020 candidates.

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PragerU: How government made you fat

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PragerU How government made you fat

Lower fat, increased high-sugar grains… that’s the way to go, right? It’s what government has been pushing on us for over four decades. The famous food pyramid has us eating grains while cutting back on fat because allegedly this is what will lead to better health.

But the numbers don’t back that up. Obesity is rising even as fat intake is falling. We’re eating the grains and other high-sugar products the government recommends, but it doesn’t seem to be working. The reason: The original studies were flawed. As our resident doctor noted yesterday about food science and climate change, “settled science” is a myth.

This video by PragerU’s Bret Sher explores how government misled us into an inconclusively “healthy” diet. The moral of the story: Take responsibility for your own health (and everything else) and leave government out of it.

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Many in Hollywood have gone all-in for an occult transformation in America

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Many in Hollywood have gone all-in for an occult transformation in America

There was a time not so long ago when the biggest worry from Hollywood was leftist indoctrination and the occasional heretical subliminal message they’d work into their productions. Today, the world of the occult is in full-swing in many of Hollywood’s most popular offerings. It’s not subtle. It’s overt and in many ways the most dangerous trend happening in modern media.

A perfect heinous example is the movie, Midsommar, from acclaimed horror director Ari Aster. He crossed the line with his occult-friendly film, Hereditary, and went far beyond it with his most recent release. It’s a blatant attempt to not only highlight occult practices but to mainstream them by including the audience in a participatory role.

In this video from Truthstream Media, they take a deep dive into the horrific messaging and attempts at normalizing the values within this deeply disturbing movie. Whether you’re considering watching it or not, watch this video first.

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AOC calls out her own party’s ‘refusal’ to impeach Trump

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AOC calls out her own partys refusal to impeach Trump

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is rallying her base against the Democratic Party Establishment. Her Justice Democrats puppetmasters want an all-out war against the people they consider to be “moderates” despite that group seemingly encompassing anyone who isn’t a far-left radical progressive. Their targets are people who would be considered progressives on any scale that didn’t get tilted by the rising radical left.

Their opening strike against the Democratic Establishment comes in the form of having AOC go after the party for not impeaching President Trump. They won’t say what the President did that’s worthy of impeachment outside of general complaints about obstruction or abuse of power, but those are just details to be ignored by Ocasio-Cortez and the Justice Democrats. They aren’t interested in facts. They only care about the feelings associated with a Trump impeachment.

As our EIC noted, conservatives should hope AOC gets her way:

Fox & Friends tackled the issue today, noting how the brewing war between the left and the far left is threatening to make the Democratic Party cannibalize itself. Meanwhile, the President is safely planted in the Oval Office with no worries of real impeachment.

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