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Whether Trump offered to pardon McAleenan or not, the story is a distraction from the border crisis

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Whether Trump offered to pardon McAleenan or not the story is a distraction from the border crisis

The latest firestorm surrounding President Trump is over a report that he told then-CBP chief Kevin McAleenan that if he goes to jail for stopping migrants at the border, the President would pardon him.

Before we get into the details of the incident in question, let’s start with a disclaimer. Chances are very high that if the President really did say it, he was joking. I’ve had many disagreements with how the President handles situations and in particular the words he uses when communicating, but this certainly seems more like a careless joke than an actual instruction to break the law.

DHS agrees:

With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s get into the meat of the issue with a brief civics lesson. The legislature makes the laws. The judiciary interprets them. The executive branch enforces them. That’s how America works. At no point should a member of the executive branch instruct anyone to break the law. This applies to every person in the executive branch but is especially true for the President of the United States. It applies to instructing any American, but is especially true for law enforcement officials.

If the President was joking, it was not an appropriate joke to make over such a serious issue unless it was done in a way that was absolutely and unambiguously stated in jest with zero chance of the order being taken seriously. Even then it would be in bad form.

If the President wasn’t joking, it’s impeachable as a betrayal to his oath to defend the Constitution of the United States.

Those are the stakes here, and the only testimony that would count is if McAleenan himself were to speak on the topic. It doesn’t matter what “senior White House officials” overheard it or how the press tries to frame it. If McAleenan either denies it was said or states that it was very clearly a joke, then this is a nothingburger. If it was said in a way that could have possibly been construed as an actual promise, then the President is in real trouble.

But he probably won’t be. If it were serious, McAleenan strikes me as the kind of person who would have pushed back immediately to the implication that the President of the United States was promising a future favor in exchange for members of law enforcement being ordered to break the law.

That’s one of the biggest problem with President Trump. His “straight talk” style makes it difficult for those serving under him to know exactly how to react to him. When you throw in an unhinged leftist media dying to find dirt on him, we get these controversies popping up as major distractions to the real issue.

The bottom line is this: The border crisis is real and must be addressed. To address it properly requires adherence to and enforcement of the law. This latest “bombshell” is distracting from the real threat that’s growing at the border daily.

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Eric Swalwell’s attempt to troll the NRA results in embarrassing display of futility

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Eric Swalwells attempt to troll the NRA results in embarrassing display of futility

Democratic presidential candidate Eric Swalwell wanted to make a statement. He’s against guns and wanted to leave his mark on the nation’s largest gun owners’ rights advocates, the National Rifle Association (NRA). So, he went to the the NRA’s headquarters in Fairfax, VA, to hold a massive rally condemning the organization’s defense of the 2nd Amendment.

The results were embarrassing and conservatives took notice.

As most progressive news outlets pretended it didn’t happen despite the Congressman’s appeal to their desires of confiscating semi-automatic rifles and putting an end to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), conservative media sources honed in on the unpopular candidate and the tiny crowd he was able to draw.

But they weren’t the only ones who took notice. The NRA itself pounced on the opportunity to ridicule one of their most vocal yet powerless critics:

The American people are waking up to two facts. First, the rhetoric of the left against gun ownership is antithetical to preventing gun violence because in the vast majority of cases, it is known criminals and not formerly law abiding citizens who are committing violence with firearms. Second, the instant reaction of the gun control advocates pushing for new gun laws following any highly publicized shooting almost never confronts the actual issue involved. Time and time again, new laws are proposed that would not have had an effect on the crimes committed had they been in effect before.

Crazy and evil people will do crazy and evil things. Punishing over a hundred million law abiding gun owners for the sins of the few is not a solution. The left knows this, but it’s a popular rallying cry so they stick to their story.

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State Department investigation in Clinton email scandal reports 23 violations so far

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State Department investigation in Clinton email scandal reports 23 violations so far

Every time someone outside the FBI takes a look at Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for her and her staff when she was Secretary of State, they see a situation that was dangerous to the security of the United States. The latest to come to this conclusion is the State Department itself, which has found 23 violations and seven infractions that were allegedly committed.

And that’s just the beginning. The investigation is likely going to continue until the beginning of September.

This information comes through a letter sent to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) who leads the security review, according to Fox News.

“To this point, the Department has assessed culpability to 15 individuals, some of whom were culpable in multiple security incidents,” Mary Elizabeth Taylor, the State Department’s Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, wrote to Grassley. “DS has issued 23 violations and 7 infractions incidents. … This number will likely change as the review progresses.”

Current and former staffers who committed violations or multiple infractions will have them noted in their permanent record. This record is used for many purposes, including determinations on current and future security clearances. The letter did not indicate if criminal charges were possible for anyone, nor did it reveal any names of those being scrutinized.

Opinion

The FBI successfully protected Hillary Clinton and her staff throughout the 2016 election. Though one can argue former FBI Director James Comey helped her lose the election by announcing a continuation into the investigation weeks before election day, the body of actions taken by the FBI demonstrate she was being shielded from prosecution and any investigation that went too deep into her potentially criminal activities.

Thy wanted her to win. They had no intentions of derailing that possibility by doing their jobs.

Now that the State Department is on the case, there may actually be some closure for over the whole scandal. It’s unlikely her detractors will see any real form of justice served as a result, but those involved are less likely now to get out of this unscathed.

Quote

“omg.” – Huma Abedin upon finding out someone was trying to hack the private servers

Final Thoughts

We may never see Hillary Clinton in jail. We may never see anyone truly punished for putting America’s security interests at risk. But at the very least it appears we’ll get confirmation of wrongdoing, which is better than nothing.

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Harvard rescinds admission for Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv

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Harvard rescinds admission for Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv

Being accepted for admission into Harvard University takes excellent grades, top test scores, strong extra-curricular activities, and recommendations by influential people. Having that admission rescinded takes irresponsible Tweets by a 16-year-old.

That’s the case for Kyle Kashuv, a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. After being accepted to Harvard with plans on attending this fall, the person labeled by some on the left as the “Parkland provocateur” received a letter from the university rescinding his invitation to attend.

Did 16-year-old Kashuv make mistakes by being cultural insensitive, even outright racist? Yes. But as he pointed out in his Twitter thread, the posts he made were the mistakes of someone before experiencing the massacre of his classmates. Things are different, now. He’s different. Everyone at his school is different.

The message Harvard is sending is a belief that someone qualified to go to their school who receives public backlash for stupid actions when they were younger are irredeemable. What Kashuv did is likely no different or even less severe than many who are or will be attending Harvard. But the others weren’t at the scene of the infamous shooting. They weren’t brought into the spotlight where their pasts were scrutinized. Perhaps most importantly, they probably aren’t the type of common sense gun rights activists Kashuv is.

That last point, which rubbed so many progressives wrong since the shooting, is likely a contributing factor in Harvard’s decision.

In a follow up Tweet, Kashuv posted this:

So what now? I’m figuring it out. I had given up huge scholarships in order to go to Harvard, and the deadline for accepting other college offers has ended. I’m exploring all options at the moment.

For complete transparency, I’m not fan of Harvard’s. Perhaps it’s because I’m Asian; Harvard doesn’t like Asians.

It would be different if they never accepted him in the first place, but accepting him and then rescinding is poor form. He made mistakes. He has apologized. He has grown. Harvard should let him in.

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