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Vindication: Trump Gets Grilled for Claiming His Rally Attracted a Bigger Crowd Than Elton John. But Look

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Elton John performs in concert during the opening night of his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road World Tour” at the PPL Center on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Allentown, Pa. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

 

 

On Thursday night, Donald Trump unleashed a tweet that got a heck of a blowback. After his rally in Manchester, he tweeted the following:

“Tonight, we broke the all-time attendance record previously held by Elton John at #SNHUArena in Manchester, New Hampshire!”

Reportedly, he was referring to the Crocodile Rocker’s 2004 triumph.

Cue the ridicule:

Ya gotta love this picture:

There’s one problem with the social media slam: Trump’s claim was actually correct.

That’s according to Manchester Deputy Fire Marshal Mitchell Cady, who oversaw the crowd count.

Here’s what he told The Daily Mail:

“[Attendance was] just over 11,500. … [T]he arena staff said Elton John was around 11,300.”

Additionally, Mitchell noted The Donald had about 8,000-9,000 fans outside the arena watching the jumbotron.

And there’s more:

“Had some more snuck in during the period when we’re trying to assess the situation and get the door closed, when we’re trying to get everyone through the mags (walk-through metal detectors), then maybe it’s 11,500-plus.”

As pointed out by The Daily Wire, just Wednesday New York Times writer Gail Collins took this jab at the Trumpster:

“Trump can’t bear suggestions that he’s not a crowd megamagnet. Every time he gets on a stage, he seems compelled to claim the audience is of epic proportions. The place is packed! Not to mention the masses waiting outside!”

If I may, I’d like to add: I really like Elton John. As a person, he seems wholly unencumbered by groupthink. He does things his way, thinks his own way, and he doesn’t care what anyone else has to say about it. In my estimation, the world could use more like him in that regard. The man dueted with Eminem — despite his anti-gay-labeled lyrics; Elton performed at the wedding of Rush Limbaugh, for Pete’s sake.

He’s his own man.

As for Rush’s nuptials, Elton offered this:

“Life is about building bridges, not walls.”

-ALEX

 

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Trump: You know who’d make a good NH Senator, right?

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Are you ready for Senator Corey Lewandowski? Donald Trump certainly is, as he made clear twice yesterday. Trump stopped short of a formal endorsement at his rally in New Hampshire, but told his former campaign adviser to “let us know” what his 2020 plans are. Earlier in the day, he’d promoted the idea on a local talk-radio show too:

President Trump on Thursday all but endorsed his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, for a potential Senate run from New Hampshire, saying he would be “hard to beat” if he ran and a “great senator” if he won.

Mr. Trump first made the remarks in an interview with the New Hampshire radio host Jack Heath, amid reports that Mr. Lewandowski is seriously considering a campaign in his home state to become the Republican challenger to the Democratic incumbent, Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

At a re-election campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., on Thursday night, Mr. Trump again stopped short of an outright endorsement, though he told the crowd that Mr. Lewandowski would “go into Washington and he’s going to have you in mind.”

He said that he had been asked whether he would support Mr. Lewandowski, whom Mr. Trump fired at the urging of his children in June 2016, but with whom he has remained close.

“They’re all saying, ‘Are you going to support him?’” Mr. Trump said. “I said, ‘I don’t know if he’s running.’ So Corey, let us know please, if you don’t mind.”

It’s the first presidential embrace of Lewandowski in a very long while, which makes this newsy enough. Lewandowski received subpoena demands from House Democrats yesterday over his recollection about alleged incidents of obstruction of justice by Trump. He appeared in the Mueller report in two separate episodes, and unlike aides like White House counsel Don McGahn and Hope Hicks, Lewandowski had no formal role and may not be able to claim executive privilege as a result:

Lewandowski is also the first of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s most significant witnesses who had no formal role in the White House to be served with a subpoena by the Judiciary Committee as it considers whether to recommend articles of impeachment. That subpoena in particular will test the president’s ability to block him from cooperating, as he has with most other witnesses subpoenaed by Congress.

In one of Mueller’s most damning findings, Lewandowski described to him a directive from Trump that he tell then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he must constrain Mueller’s investigation or be fired. Lewandowski, at one point, asked Dearborn to deliver the message to Sessions instead, but Dearborn ultimately refused.

In a second episode, according to the special counsel’s report, the president again asked Lewandowski to pressure Sessions to limit Mueller’s scope to future election interference attempts.

Lewandowski’s battle with the House would certainly color any Senate campaign he’d try to mount in New Hampshire. That wouldn’t do Granite State Republicans much good, and they’re nowhere near as enthusiastic as Trump about those prospects. And it’s not just the subpoena that has them worried, either:

That kind of talk is prompting an outbreak of agita among Republicans in the Granite State. “There’s zero added value to have somebody like Cory on the ticket,” said Dave Carney, a longtime G.O.P. strategist in the state. …

But some Republicans in the state are fiercely opposed to Mr. Lewandowski’s candidacy, leaving them in rare open revolt to the White House. Many are concerned with the baggage he would bring to the race: He was accused of grabbing a female reporterwhen he worked for the campaign, and he has drawn scrutiny over his “advisory” business, which let him represent clients while remaining close to the White House.

Former Senator Judd Gregg called Mr. Lewandowski a “thug.” The Union Leader, a conservative bulwark in the state, published a signed editorial against his candidacy. And Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, is signaling to allies that he’d rather Mr. Lewandowski sit out the race.

Their argument: Mr. Lewandowski could win the primary, but he’d cost Republicans the state in the general election. They also say he would do little to expand on Mr. Trump’s base in the fiercely independent state.

The Union-Leader warned Trump on Wednesday that he could win the state if Lewandowski doesn’t ruin prospects for him:

New Hampshire Democrats could find themselves in a role-reversal next year, weighed down by a national ticket so far out in leftist looney land that independent voters may hold their noses and vote for Trump as the lesser of two evils. Some lower races may then follow suit.

Unless, of course, “Republican” candidates are of the Corey Lewandowski type. Aptly called a political “thug” by Judd Gregg, Lewandowski is no more a Republican than is his man, Trump. On any given day, he will be having whatever Trump is embracing at the time: record-high debt and deficits, an isolationist America, and a coarsening and debasement of political discourse and basic civility that should shame the once Grand Old Party.

Jeanne Shaheen faces a tough re-election bid next year. She only got 51.5% of the vote in 2014, albeit in a GOP wave election. Against a well-prepared and attractive Republican challenger with Trump at the top of the ticket running against a hard-Left progressive, the GOP could steal the seat from Democrats and stop them from gaining control of the Senate. Lewandowski, however, has so much baggage that he’d be lucky to keep Shaheen from getting 60% of the vote.

Lewandowski has yet to respond. Perhaps he should consider sending his regrets to this invitation, and the White House might want to pay closer attention to what the state party tells them about their electorate.

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Liz Warren Doubles Down on Michael Brown “Murder” Tweet, Says It’s the (False) Narrative That Really Matters

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the Iowa State Fair, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

If there’s one thing you can count on from Democrats, it’s that they will say and do the most deceitful things possible to further widen the racial divide. This in spite of their stated desire for “unity” and “harmony” and what not.

There is no better current example of this than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a 2020 presidential candidate who has been enjoying a slow but steady rise in presidential polling since May. She was in New Hampshire on Wednesday campaigning, and was asked about a controversial tweet she posted on the 5th anniversary of the death of Michael Brown last Friday.

To recap, here’s what she tweeted:

Not only did she get fact checked on her false claim by veteran journalist Brit Hume at the time, but after his prodding, three different websites took both her and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) to task that following Monday for essentially tweeting the same thing.

Both the Washington Post and FactCheck.org put out pieces on Warren’s and Harris’s tweets, noting their claims were not true:

“Harris, Warren Wrong About Brown Shooting,” read a headline Monday from the non-profit website factcheck.org.

Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler on Monday also awarded both senators four pinocchios over their claims.

[…]

… the fact-checkers said the evidence in the case contradicts the comments by Harris and Warren: Three months after the shooting, a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson. And in March of 2015, a report released by President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice found that Officer Darren Wilson most likely had reason to fear for his life and did not break the law when shooting Brown.

Even Vox.com, which is more openly left-wing than the Washington Post and FactCheck.org, wrote that Harris’s and Warren’s tweets about Brown were false, concluding:

Five years after the shooting, though, major presidential campaigns are still getting the details wrong.

None of this seemed to faze Warren, who on Wednesday doubled down on her claim by taking the Politifact approach to the word “murder” by essentially saying it was more about what she meant than what she actually said:

The U.S. senator from Massachusetts faced questions from back home, where the Yarmouth, Massachusetts, Police Department described as “reckless” her tweet about the five-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, who was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, in a controversial officer-involved shooting.

Warren said the police “murdered” Brown.

“What matters was a man was shot, an unarmed man, in the middle of the street, by police officers and left to die,” she said. “And I think that’s where our focus should be.”

Watch video of Warren speaking to reporters about this issue below:

Hot Air‘s John Sexton is right on the money in describing why Warren’s falsehoods on the Michael Brown shooting matter:

First of all, Officer Wilson didn’t know Brown was unarmed during their encounter. What he did know was that Brown was larger and heavier and that he had already initiated a fight with a police officer including throwing punches and grabbing for his gun.

Secondly, it’s not accurate that Brown was shot and “left to die.” The final shot that stopped Brown entered the top of his head as he was charging forward. He died instantly. Warren may have been trying to allude to the fact that Brown’s body remained in the street for several hours after his death. But that’s not the same thing as being left to die.

At least she left the racial angle out of her “amended” statement on Brown’s death, but even with that said, it’s also wrong and highly irresponsible for her to continue to perpetuate the “murder” lie. She’s smearing a police officer (Darren Wilson) who President Barack Obama’s own Justice Department concluded acted in self defense.

If Warren’s point is to highlight race issues between law enforcement and the black community, she needs to find another case to reference. The Michael Brown case, with the false narratives of “hands up, don’t shoot” and “gentle giant”, is not an example of the excessive use of police force against an unarmed black citizen she claims she wants to focus on.

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Trump to NH: “You have no choice but to vote for me”

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Donald Trump channeled his inner James Carville last night in New Hampshire, hammering on the economy as his best argument for re-election. “Love me or hate me,” Trump told the crowd that was clearly in the first camp, “you’ve got to vote for me” to keep the economy growing. Nearly thirty years after Carville’s famous admonition to Bill Clinton’s campaign team in Little Rock, it’s still the economy, stupid:

President Trump doubled down on his economic argument for re-election on Thursday night amid increasing concerns about a recession, declaring that even Americans who hate him “have no choice” but to vote for him because otherwise the stock market will collapse. …

“You have the best unemployment, you have the most successful state in the history of your state and the history of our country,” he told a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. “And then you’re going to vote for somebody else? Oh great. ‘Let’s vote for Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren. We have the best numbers we’ve ever had — let’s vote for somebody else.’”

Even as he derided Ms. Warren, a senator from next-door Massachusetts and a Democratic presidential candidate, with a racial slur, Mr. Trump acknowledged the deep antipathy many voters have for him but made the argument that they should put aside their distaste for their own economic well-being.

“You have no choice but to vote for me because your 401(k), everything is going to be down the tubes,” he told the crowd. “Whether you love me or hate me, you’ve got to vote for me.”

This was a Trump rally, of course, so Trump talked about many things, as the video from the Guardian makes clear. The New York Times report later sniffs that Trump got repetitive, circling back around to topics and points he’d made earlier. That’s also a feature of Trump’s stream-of-consciousness style at his rallies. He rarely sticks to a script in any instance, except on formal occasions and high-stakes statements such as the one after the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. These are meant to be fun — for the attendees, of course, but also for Trump, who revels in the adulation and the loosey-goosey feel of them

He took the time, for instance, to circle back around on Elizabeth Warren more than once in the state she needs to win. Trump offered some comic regret over having hit her too soon with the “Pocahontas” attack, but promised he’d bring it back if she wins the nomination:

Belittling opponents is also a repeating feature in Trump’s rallies, and it makes for crowd-pleasing attack lines. However, Trump is right to focus on the economy as the driving issue of the election. It’s doubly important in this cycle because it is practically the only non-ideological reason to keep supporting him, as Trump alludes in the “love me or hate me” line. As I wrote earlier at The Week, that reality will eventually force Trump to make some hard decisions — or reap the consequences:

Trump has no war record nor splashy victory in a conventional war — as Bush had with Iraq in early 1992 when his approval rate spiked to near-universal acclaim — to cushion the blow of a recession. Trump ran on economic renewal and the potential for spectacular growth through deregulation, tax reform, and a pugilistic trade policy. With his other major campaign platform — immigration and border security — tied up in court actions and a stalemate with Congress, Trump needs the economy to keep performing at a high pitch. …

Perhaps Trump also senses that any economic upheaval will produce the toughest opponent possible in his re-election bid. On Tuesday, he ordered a delay on part of the next round of tariffs on Chinese imports, which are due to begin on September 1. The tariffs would have added 10 percent to the cost of $300 billion in annual imports, but Trump’s new order postpones the penalties for around half of those imports — specifically on consumer items.

“We’re doing this for Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on U.S. customers,” Trump said on his way to vacation in New Jersey. The new tariffs could have put a recession-starting decline into retailers’ Christmas stockings and ruined their prospects for jobs growth in 2020. This move suggests Trump understands the dangers of the trade war dragging on for much longer.

Trump needs to put that stark choice to voters in 2020: Choose your pocketbooks or yur feelz. Carville knew that pocketbooks win every time, but for incumbents, the pocketbooks have to be looking very strong to make that choice. If there’s any rollback in economic growth, there’s no choice to be made for Trump.

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Citing Economy, Trump Says That ‘You Have No Choice but to Vote for Me’

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Trump doubled down on his economic argument for re-election on Thursday night amid increasing concerns about a recession, declaring that even Americans who hate him “have no choice” but to vote for him because otherwise the stock market will collapse.

With markets already wobbling over fears of a slowdown amid an escalating trade and currency war with China, Mr. Trump flew to a battleground state to defend policies that are rattling many businesses and investors and to insist that he will prolong the country’s decade-long economic expansion into a second term.

“You have the best unemployment, you have the most successful state in the history of your state and the history of our country,” he told a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. “And then you’re going to vote for somebody else? Oh great. ‘Let’s vote for Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren. We have the best numbers we’ve ever had — let’s vote for somebody else.’”

Even as he derided Ms. Warren, a senator from next-door Massachusetts and a Democratic presidential candidate, with a racial slur, Mr. Trump acknowledged the deep antipathy many voters have for him but made the argument that they should put aside their distaste for their own economic well-being.

“You have no choice but to vote for me because your 401(k), everything is going to be down the tubes,” he told the crowd. “Whether you love me or hate me, you’ve got to vote for me.”

In resting his case for a second term on the health of the economy, Mr. Trump underscored the political consequences of the economic turmoil that has played out in recent days. In private, he has expressed his own anxiety about the economy taking a dive, knowing that his electoral fortunes are likely tied to it, even as he vents frustration that his opponents in his view are overstating the troubles.

American stock markets fell by about 3 percent on Wednesday amid indications that the global economy could slow down before shares rebounded slightly on Thursday. Mr. Trump lashed out at those questioning his confrontation with China, including the conservative editorial page of The Wall Street Journal.

The Journal’s editorials “demonstrate that they understand nothing about trade or business,” he said. “Nothing. They advocate only economic surrender. They actually say go to China, take off the tariffs, make a deal. I lose all the cards, we take off the tariffs. We don’t have any cards.”

His speech was at times a greatest hits album of favorite lines, replaying the 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton and bashing the news media, Democrats and America’s allies in Europe. Typically rambling, veering on and off script seemingly at random over an hour and a half, he repeated points he had already made earlier in the evening as if he did not remember already making them.

His talk was also marked by repeated inconsistencies. The same president who last year said trade wars were “easy to win” told his supporters that “I never said China was going to be easy.” The same president who compared America’s intelligence agencies to “Nazi Germany” when he took office complained that Democrats “use the term Nazi” to attack their opponents.

At one point, when a protester disrupted the speech and was escorted out of the arena, Mr. Trump belittled the man’s physical appearance. “That guy has a serious weight problem,” he said. “Go home, start exercising!” Then he shifted back to his prepared text to say that his campaign was about “love.”

As he made his case for his economic stewardship, which polls show is perhaps his biggest political asset, he boasted, “Hey, you got low interest rates, the lowest ever.” He made no mention of his regular attacks on the Federal Reserve for keeping interest rates too high.

New Hampshire, which Mr. Trump narrowly lost in 2016, is a state where the economic argument may not resonate the same way it does in other places. Its unemployment rate had already fallen to 2.8 percent under President Barack Obama and has since ticked down to 2.5 percent.

Even as the president argued that he had helped New Hampshire, he all but endorsed Corey Lewandowski, his former campaign manager, if he ends up running against Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, next year.

“He’s tough and he’s smart and I’m hearing he’s thinking about running for the Senate from New Hampshire,” Mr. Trump said. “I don’t know. I think it’d be tough to beat.”

Mr. Lewandowski has not announced his candidacy and no decision is imminent, according to a person working with him. In June 2016, Mr. Trump fired Mr. Lewandowski at the urging of his children, but the president has retained a fondness for him and speaks with him often.

Before his ouster, Mr. Lewandowski helped Mr. Trump notch his first primary victory, in New Hampshire, which helped vault him to the Republican presidential nomination. Mr. Lewandowski would hope to run on the same outsider energy that Mr. Trump channeled that year.

At the same time, Mr. Lewandowski has significant vulnerabilities. On Thursday, hours before the Trump rally, the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed him in relation to the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. His opponents would be almost certain to raise questions about his business activities since Mr. Trump took office.

Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, a Republican who is up for re-election next year, has told the White House he has concerns about the effect that Mr. Lewandowski’s candidacy could have on others on the ballot, according to two people briefed on the discussions.

The Republican primary race already has several declared candidates, including the retired Brig. Gen. Donald C. Bolduc and Bill O’Brien, the former state House speaker.

The rally in Manchester, a southeastern city of 110,000, drew people from several nearby states. At the front of the line to get into the rally, a cluster of people who had been there from the night before agreed that the president’s stance on immigration was a key reason they would be voting for him again in 2020.

“Illegal immigrants impact every community,” said Nena Alexandra, 20, from Easthampton, Mass. “That goes for every single family in the United States.”

But even among the die-hards at the front of the line, there was some detectable unease as the stock market reeled. Kevin Steele, 40, a self-described Democrat for Trump, said he hoped that Mr. Trump’s trade war would be over soon.

“Listen,” Mr. Steele, who is unemployed and lives in Scranton, Pa., said, “I’m hoping to God he closes with China. Just get the deal done. All of my money’s in stocks.”

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Trump Thinks Corey Lewandowski Would Be a ‘Fantastic’ Senator From New Hampshire

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President Trump on Thursday all but endorsed his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, for a potential Senate run from New Hampshire, saying he would be “hard to beat” if he ran and a “great senator” if he won.

Mr. Trump made the remarks in an interview with the New Hampshire radio host Jack Heath, amid reports that Mr. Lewandowski is seriously considering a campaign in his home state to become the Republican challenger to the Democratic incumbent, Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Mr. Lewandowski is expected to ride in the presidential motorcade Thursday night with Mr. Trump from the airport in Manchester, N.H., to a re-election campaign rally that Mr. Trump will hold nearby. For days, questions have swirled about whether Mr. Trump will endorse Mr. Lewandowski, who has not yet declared his candidacy, at the rally. An announcement from Mr. Lewandowski about the Senate race is not yet imminent, according to a person working with him.

Mr. Lewandowski is one of the most high-profile witnesses who was interviewed by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, who investigated possible conspiracy between Russian officials and the Trump campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice by Mr. Trump. Mr. Lewandowski, according to the report submitted to the Justice Department by the Mueller team, told federal investigators that Mr. Trump had wanted him to personally intervene with Jeff Sessions, then the attorney general, over the probe. On Thursday, hours before the Trump rally, the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Mr. Lewandowski in relation to the Mueller report.

In the interview Thursday morning, Mr. Trump appeared eager to elevate Mr. Lewandowski. When Mr. Heath asked if Mr. Lewandowski would have the president’s support if he ran, Mr. Trump stopped short of a full endorsement, saying that Mr. Lewandowski hadn’t made up his mind about joining the race. But he went on to say, “I have to tell you, I think he’d be fantastic.”

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“He’s got great energy, he’s terrific on television,” Mr. Trump said. “I like everything about him.”

He added, “If he ran, I think he’d be number one. I think he’d be hard to beat in New Hampshire.”

Mr. Trump fired Mr. Lewandowski at the urging of his children in June 2016, but the president has retained a fondness for him and speaks with him often. Before his ouster, Mr. Lewandowski helped Mr. Trump notch his first primary victory, in New Hampshire, a win that helped vault him to the nomination. Mr. Lewandowski would hope to run on the same outsider energy that Mr. Trump channeled that year.

Just how formidable Mr. Lewandowski would be is a source of disagreement among political professionals, most of whom predict an ugly Republican primary race and general election in New Hampshire.

His opponents would be almost certain to raise questions about his business activities since Mr. Trump took office. In the years since he was fired, Mr. Lewandowski co-wrote two books about Mr. Trump with David Bossie, the head of the conservative group Citizens United. But he has also been an adviser to companies that have interests with the government, and he would be required to file financial disclosure forms that would reveal the extent of those business arrangements.

In May 2017, Mr. Lewandowski left the lobbying firm he helped start, Avenue Strategies, amid increasing questions about whether he was lobbying without having registered. Since then, Mr. Lewandowski has had private clients and for many months gave paid speeches to different groups. Mr. Lewandowski has previously said he is not a lobbyist, and that he has never called government officials on behalf of a client.

Democrats are also looking to highlight allegations of assault made against Mr. Lewandowski. In 2016, during the campaign, he was accused of grabbing a reporter for Breitbart News who was trying to ask Mr. Trump questions at one of his properties in Florida. Mr. Lewandowski was charged with simple battery by the police. The charges were later dropped. The following year, a pop singer accused Mr. Lewandowski of slapping her at a party in Washington.

And Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, a Republican who is up for re-election next year, has told the White House he has concerns about the impact that Mr. Lewandowski’s candidacy could have on others on the ballot, according to two people briefed on the discussions.

“Corey Lewandowski is a shadow lobbyist with a nefarious client list that includes foreign interests, which is why New Hampshire Republicans and even Governor Chris Sununu have been keeping their distance,” said Josh Marcus-Blank, a spokesman for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “Lewandowski, with his record of violence, will make an already nasty Republican primary even worse.”

The G.O.P. primary already has several declared candidates, including the retired Brig. Gen. Donald C. Bolduc and Bill O’Brien, the former state house speaker. After Mr. Bossie released a private poll he had commissioned from a pollster working with Mr. Trump’s campaign that showed Mr. Lewandowski leading in a theoretical Republican primary, aides to Mr. Bolduc released their own internal survey showing Mr. Bolduc ahead.

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New Hampshire Governor vetoes three gun control bills

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There’s a bit of a battle brewing in New Hampshire over the Second Amendment and it came to a head on Friday. Republican Governor John Sununu broke out his veto pen and shot down three new pieces of gun control legislation passed by the legislature, where both chambers are currently led by the Democrats. In the process, he managed to make a couple of very good points about what liberals in his state are trying to do. (National Review)

A popular Republican governor faces a test from state Democrats.

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu vetoed three gun-control bills on Friday: one establishing a three-day waiting period for those wishing to purchase a gun, a second prohibiting carrying a gun on school property, and a third requiring background checks on many private firearm sales.

“These three bills would not solve our national issues nor would they prevent evil individuals from doing harm, but they would further restrict the constitutional rights of law abiding New Hampshire citizens,” Sununu said in his veto message. “The New Hampshire Constitution states ‘All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.’ This language provides what many believe to be more expansive legal protections for gun ownership than the second amendment to the United States Constitution.”

Will the Democrats be able to override any of these vetos? They have a fairly comfortable majority in the lower chamber with a margin of roughly sixty seats. In the state Senate, however, it’s a 14 to 10 split in the Dems’ favor. They’ll need sixteen votes to override there, so it will require Republican help.

Also at issue here is the timing and somewhat tawdry appearance in terms of how these bills were advanced. Those bills were actually finalized in the legislature back on June 27. But Democratic senate president Donna Soucy left them sitting on her desk for nearly a month and a half, only packaging them up for delivery to the Governor’s desk after the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso. To call the timing a bit suspicious is an understatement.

None of the three bills in question are particularly unusual when compared to laws in other states controlled by Democrats. A three day waiting period to purchase a firearm is actually rather tame compared to some of the others out there. (For example, it’s ten days in California and seven in Maryland. Most of the other states with waiting periods set it at three days.) The bill making schools “gun-free zones” has also cropped up in other states (making them even more tempting targets for shooters), as have the expanded background checks.

That doesn’t mean that any of them are particularly good ideas, of course, but New Hampshire Democrats seem to be following a fairly well-established playbook here. Sununu currently has the third-highest approval rating of any governor in the country, so I don’t expect him to catch too much flack from the voters over these vetos.

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Beto O’Rourke Polls Just Behind a Colonoscopy in New Hampshire

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Beto O’Rourke has taken the lead as the 2020 candidate with the most disgusting, politically motivated reaction to the tragic mass shootings that took place last weekend. He’s been making the media rounds calling Trump a white supremacist, blaming him for the El Paso shooting, as well as insinuating anyone who supports him is also a racist.

It’s a nakedly partisan play to try to gain some headlines for a candidate that’s otherwise bottoming out.

How bad are things for Beto? This bad.

New Hampshire is of course one of the early primary states and is a crucial prize for anyone that hopes to stick around past the first month. How’s Beto doing? He’s coming in at a roaring 0.4%. Meanwhile, candidates like Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard, who receive a tiny fraction of the media coverage, continue to outpace him.

There’s some justice in that. Politicians who so brazenly try to weaponize tragedy, standing on the bodies of the dead screaming “look at me,” deserve to crash and burn. Beto is a particularly awful politician. He’s willing to say absolutely anything to pander to the left and spent much of the beginning of his campaign apologizing for his privilege. His most recent machinations just come across as pathetic. If he’s got any sense of dignity left, now would be the time to go to the window and cash out his chips.

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A 23-Year-Old Truck Driver Kills 7 Members of a Marines Motorcycle Club. Details Revealed at Trial are Abhorrent

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On July 21st, on a rural highway in Randolph, New Hampshire, something terrible happened.

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy — of West Springfield, Massachusetts — crossed over the yellow center line of U.S. Route 2 and hit a group of motorcyclists.

The 23-year-old was in a 2016 Dodge 2500 Tradesman crew-cab pickup pulling a very long flatbed trailer.

Tragically, he struck and killed seven members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, an  organization for Marines and their spouses.

Three others were injured. Volodymyr was not.

Now new information’s come to light, making Volodymyr’s part in the tragedy more egregious.

Court proceedings have revealed the Westfield Transport truck driver was reaching for a beverage just before the accident. But what may have substantially aided in the catastrophe was the fact that he, according to The Boston Globe, was on drugs:

Zhukovskyy, of West Springfield, tested positive after the June 21 collision for an unspecified drug that rendered him incapable of driving safely, federal regulators found. The report does not specify the drug beyond saying it was a narcotic or amphetamine.

And what was Volodymyr doing driving in the first place? He had arrest records involving both drug charges and traffic incidents across 6 states.

Here’s a sampling, courtesy of USA Today:

Zhukovskyy was involved in a June 3 rollover crash in Baytown, Texas, near Houston. He was driving a truck hauling five cars on Interstate 10 when he flipped the rig onto its side.

[I]n Baytown, Texas, police on Feb. 11 responded to a 2 a.m. call of a disorderly customer at a Denny’s restaurant. In video captured by a body-worn police camera released this week, Zhukovskyy is in constant motion and wailing his arms.

“I’m sorry guys. I’m just tired,” Zhukovskyy says. “I need to go to sleep.”

Police asked whether he was on drugs. He denied being on drugs but police arrested him for possession of drug paraphernalia after they found a drug pipe on him.

Zhukovskyy’s most recent arrest – which should have caused his commercial driver’s licnsed to be taken away – occurred on May 11 in East Lindsor, Connecticut, after he failed a sobriety test.

During that arrest, Zhukovskyy made “suicidal comments” and exhibited “extreme behavior,” according to a report filed by East Windsor police, prompting them to send him to a Hartford hospital for treatment. He was released on a $2,500 non-surety bond.

Back to my question:

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has admitted his license should have been revoked following a drunken-driving incident last month in Connecticut…

Amid the controversy, the RMV’s top official has stepped down.

More from the Globe:

“The RMV’s failures are totally unacceptable and the administration hopes that the families who lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy can begin to find some solace as justice is sought in this case,” said Patrick Marvin, a MassDOT spokesman.

What a fiasco.

Though Volodymyr became a permanent U.S. resident in 2008, his criminal history puts him in violation of that status.

As reported by Boston’s CBS 4:

He is being held in a jail in Lancaster, New Hampshire. The Department of Homeland Security issued an immigration detainer on Zhukovskyy June 23, which means he could be deported back to the Ukraine if he’s released from police custody.

To me, 23 seems young for a truck driver. That’s a lot of size and weight to be herding down the freeway at 70 mph. But maybe I’m wrong. Either way, given his condition and record, the fact that Volodymyr Zhukovskyy was behind the wheel of anything more powerful than a unicycle is inexplicable. And now, over half a dozen families will never be the same.

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Rush Limbaugh Backs Trump and Speaks Hard Truths About Democrat Run Cities

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The circus that has formed around President Donald Trump’s comments about Democrat-run cities has reached peak capacity. The backlash against Trump saying people like Rep. Elija Cummings have failed their district and the major cities that they contain has been overzealous and taken out of context in order to desperately grasp at something to help bring Trump down.

While Democrats lie about Trump being a racist for calling out the failures of Democrats to keep their big cities vibrant and clean, others are embracing the truth of what Trump said. This includes radio show host Rush Limbaugh. According to the Daily Wire, Limbaugh made it clear that Trump was right, and said it despite the social faux pas:

“What he’s saying here is the absolute truth, but it’s not supposed to be said about any place where the Democrats are in charge,” Limbaugh said Monday on “Fox & Friends.”

“Wherever you find this decadent decay, you’re going to find Democrats having run the operation for decades,” he said. “The Democrats get to claim they are compassionate and that they care, but they never do anything that actually improves the quality of the lives of their constituents. Their constituents are as unhappy today as they were 50 years ago,” Limbaugh said.

Rush is correct, and the truth of Trump’s words are very evident. Baltimore is a trash-filled city with a horrific rat problem that even Baltimore’s leaders admitted to two years ago in a PBS documentary.

To Rush’s point about Democrat-controlled cities that experience rampant crime or decay, you need only look at Detroit which went from being a vibrant city and industrial hub to a scene out of Fallout. How about Chicago which experiences murder rates so high that you can find daily updates as to how many people were killed or injured. San Francisco, a gorgeous city, has become a literal toilet with a drug problem.

It’s tragic that these once-great cities have been reduced to trash heaps thanks to the abuse and mismanagement of Democrat politicians, but for some reason, we can’t acknowledge these cities have taken a turn for the worse because it’s not a good look on the people who ran it.

Instead, their number one defense is to call Trump a racist for even mentioning it, despite the fact that the places he denounced include New Hampshire, which is predominantly white.

Still, these things do need to be called out and the politicians who brought it about more than a little inconvenienced with bad press. They should lose their jobs and investigate for corruption.

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