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Trump Takes Aim At The Deep South’s Last Democrat Governor

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Gov. John Bel Edwards talks about the state’s budget and his plans to call a special session for June to try to raise revenue to stave off cuts, on Thursday, May 5, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Over the weekend, the last Democrat governor in the deep south was forced into a runoff with a Republican businessman with a lot of money behind him.

Louisiana’s John Bel Edwards was able to capture 47 percent of the vote in Louisiana’s jungle (all-in) primary, and Eddie Rispone came in second place with 27 percent. Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham came in third with 24 percent of the vote.

Rispone’s win was unexpected just a few weeks ago, but a surge of spending on ads that attacked both Edwards and Abraham helped push him into second place. Also helping both him and Abraham was a series of visits from high-profile Trump allies – Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr. – and a visit Friday night by President Donald Trump himself.

Trump has already come out swinging in his endorsement of Rispone.

I mentioned last week that Trump himself has a lot riding on this gubernatorial election, as it is a good test of how much the impeachment process in Washington D.C. might be affecting his base.

Morning Consult, meanwhile, has President Donald Trump with a +15 net favorability rating, and the lowest number you can find in any poll as far as approval goes is 54%. Among Republicans, his favorability is 94%.

With a gubernatorial race coming up this Saturday, and with every major candidate in the race making their support or relationship with Trump a central issue, it’s becoming a race to watch if you want to see the effect of the all the impeachment talk going on in Washington D.C.

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This type of push, when there are two Republican candidates and a Democrat going into a jungle primary means that Trump isn’t just interested in beating Edwards. He’s using the state’s Republican turnout as a gauge of support for him.

It will hold true, still, and there are more than a few parallels between Trump and Rispone – as the latter has been quick to mention since the race started. Both are businessmen, neither had political experience prior to their campaigns, and both scored huge upsets to put themselves in the spotlight against the top Democrat in their race.

Now, Edwards has a tough race ahead of him, and if he can’t make the race as little about Trump as possible, it will likely be a major part of why he is defeated in November. Edwards will definitely go on the attack against Rispone, but he can’t afford to make any references to Trump because the Republicans appear highly motivated in this state right now – the state’s Senate will see a Republican supermajority and it could very well be matched up with a House supermajority if the runoffs in specific House races fall into Republican hands.

With a motivated Republican base, Edwards will attack but will also have to make it as non-partisan as possible (personal attacks on Rispone’s character have already started bubbling up). He simply can’t allow Trump to dominate the conversation, but Trump in all likelihood will try to continue to stay in the conversation.

Rispone, however, has to compete against Edwards and the state’s Republicans he pissed off when he decided to attack Abraham in the primary – something the state party cautioned any Republican against doing this election. There have been whisperings of Republicans who will stay home rather than vote for Rispone, but he needs Abraham and the other major Republicans in the state to back him up and show he can be a unifier.

And, Rispone will continue to make this race about Trump, because it was clearly successful in the primary. The Republican vote in the primary far outweighed the Democratic vote, and it looks like that enthusiasm is lingering. If the Republicans pull the win off and knock out the last Democrat governor in the Deep South, then Trump can count it as a victory and proof that his support isn’t wavering under the Democrats’ attacks in D.C.

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Greg Gutfeld and Tom Shillue Do a Masterful Roast of Adam Schiff

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Saturday Night Live used to be funny. But it’s been hit or miss for a long time, with more miss than hit.

They could take a lesson from Greg Gutfeld and Tom Shillue.

It’s too common to parody President Donald Trump.

What you really need is a parody of the man who thinks he can conduct an impeachment without a vote on an inquiry, who thinks he can hold hearings in secret and the American people wouldn’t question it.

You need a parody of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).

Now some might say that Schiff himself is a parody of a congress person. And while there is something to be said for that, certainly, perhaps it’s good to have one that amuses us rather than one which infuriates us.

Shillue delivered a masterful impersonation of Schiff, right down to the eyes.

If you need a laugh, here you go.

Yikes, that’s pretty much straight on. Hilariously funny and downright creepy at the same time.

Although next time, Shillue should practice how to parody leaking out of committee meetings to media.

Gutfeld is right amidst the humor.

If Schiff really thinks he can take down a president and change election results because they lost, he’s going to find some very unhappy Americans giving him a very different message come November 2020.

And that’s no joke.

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Kellyanne Conway on Fox: Joe Biden’s Now Viewed as Hunter’s Dad Rather Than Obama’s VP

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Campaign manager of President-elect Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, talks to other guest after attending services at St. John’s Episcopal Church across from the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

 

 

The Democratic Party has really done Joe Biden a disservice.

As 2020 looms and their chances of success remain seriously dubious, rather than focusing on providing someone America would want to elect, they’re stuck in Revolt mode.

Apparently distracted by anti-Trump furor, those across the aisle are still trying to undo 2016.

If they continue, they’ll revolutionize themselves all the way to a second November loss.

This seems obvious.

Evidently, it ain’t.

And as they attempt a dragging of Trump over Ukraine, they’re slogging poor Joe Biden through the mud.

And there go his chances of a win.

But is there more to it? Kellyanne Conway thinks so, as she explained to Fox News show Sunday Morning Futures.

Kellyanne makes quite the interesting observation: Despite Joe’s fantastic cred as the former Vice President of the United States, due to the Dems’ impeachment mania, America now sees Biden, not as a man with a gold star on his CV, but rather, as Hunter Biden’s father.

So goodbye, resume.

As reported by Bloomberg, “[H]unter Biden is stepping down from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company and promising to forgo all foreign work if his father is elected president.”

But to Kellyanne, he’s tardy to the max — it’s something he “should have done…quite a while ago.”

Kelly asked:

“Why isn’t Biden on top of the polls, just by saying, ‘I’m going to bring us back to the Obama years?’ Let’s keep Biden in there, because Biden made a huge mistake.”

And here’s the bottom line:

“He’s now seen in the news as Hunter Biden’s father, not as Barack Obama’s vice president.”

Man — Obama’s the Dems’ most exalted leader, and here’s his Number 2 ready to lay down some serious electoral wizardry. But he’s being cut off at the knees.

And Donald Trump doesn’t mind helping:

Kelly had another question:

“Where is President Obama? Why isn’t he out there supporting the man who served as his vice president for eight years?”

Where, indeed.

Former Vice President Joe’s turning into Joe Schmo.

And Trump’s set to win the White House onceschmo.

-ALEX

 

See 3 more pieces from me:

Whoa, Nelly: A New Poll Sees Elizabeth Warren Hoof It Past Joe Biden In The Race For 2020 Glory

Joe Biden Rats Out Hillary: He Told Her How To Handle The ‘Access Hollywood’ Thing, But She Ignored Him

Joe Biden OverWoking It: Illegal Immigrants ‘Become American’ Before Many ‘Americans Become Americans’

 

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BREAKING: DOJ IG Report Due Out Friday, Will Cover More Than FISA Abuse

Quick bit of breaking news just dropped.

About a month ago, IG Horowitz announced he had finished his report dealing with the Trump-Russia investigation, which most assumed would only cover possible FISA abuse. Now we are getting word it’s coming out this Friday.

Per the Washington Examiner.

“I’m hearing the IG report will be out this upcoming Friday, Oct. 18, and my sources say it’s as thick as a telephone book,” Bartiromo said, adding that it covers “more than just FISA abuse.”

It has been exactly one month since Horowitz announced the completion of the investigation by his team, who pored over more than 1 million records and conducted 100-plus interviews. The inspector general gave a draft to the Justice Department and FBI for a classification review.

Upon the completion of that process, the report will first be delivered to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, who has pledged to do a “deep dive” of his own into FISA that will run concurrently with U.S. Attorney John Durham’s review of the early stages of the Russia investigation. The South Carolina Republican said his “No. 1 goal” is to have as much of the report declassified as possible.

Yeah, I’m sure Democrats and former Obama officials are shaking at the thought of another Senate committee investigation.

The real news here is that it’s seemingly confirmed that it covers more than FISA abuse, which likely will end up a dead end anyway. No doubt Horowitz will cite some breaches of protocol or label the FISA warrants illegal, but I have strong suspicions the DOJ will claim they can’t prove intent.

We’ll have to wait and see where this goes. The smart money is on it not mattering much, being buried by the media, and nothing actually happening.

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‘Journalist’ Soledad O’Brien Leads Discussion of Why Trump Supporters Are ‘Trash’

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We’ve always known that there are some Democrats and some in the liberal media who regard those on the right, those that make up a lot of Middle America, with something of a quiet disdain, that they are not as enlightened as the coastal elite, their betters, are.

Democrats like Hillary Clinton demonstrated this with her description of a good portion of Americans as “deplorables.”

Soledad O’Brien, who used to work for CNN, Al Jazeera and who has a show for Hearst Television, has now picked up on that theme, encouraging a discussion of how not just that President Donald Trump is a “racist” but his supporters are also “trash.”

David Gailen, whose bio describes him as co-creator, host, and executive producer of “The Jet Set”, a weekly, nationally syndicated travel lifestyle television show, then picked up the theme, mocking the looks of a Trump supporter at a Trump rally. “Total Trash! We shouldn’t ever be shy about calling them what they are. I liked this shot of the troll that we’ve all heard from.” Apparently, Trump supporters aren’t “jet set” enough for him.

He continued, responding to @rbduval77 who said “They all look the same like some other category of primate” but then later deleted his tweet.

Here’s a writer and editor, formerly with the Sac Bee and the Dallas Morning News. Obviously very objective.

What was ironic while these tolerant folks on the left were mocking a woman for her looks, which they would decry if anyone else did it, and claiming the Trump supporters were KKK or intolerant, outside the rally, the left was surrounding and attacking Trump supporters, knocking their hats off, chasing them down and spitting at them. The leftist “protesters” was harassing the police and calling them “pigs” and threatening them. Talk about acting like fascists and being all about hate.

And they wonder why people don’t trust media.

How did that work out when Hillary Clinton called Americans deplorables? They seem to forget why they lost.

HT: Twitchy

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James O’Keefe Announces ‘This may be the biggest story Project Veritas has ever broke’

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Before leaving a Washington, D.C. stage last night, James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, told his audience:

We have one announcement to make real quick. Because of what Eric did, another person came to us. We’re proud to announce the next insider who will blow the whistle. He’s been recording for months, all of his colleagues, his bosses, his senior people. This may be the biggest story Project Veritas has ever broke. Next week, the next insider to blow the whistle on the next organization … is within CNN.

O’Keefe, the self described guerrilla journalist, said he will release “dozens of recordings made of officials at the highest levels of CNN, revealing a political agenda, bias and misconduct hidden from public view.”

O’Keefe said a CNN insider had conducted some “hidden camera muckraking” and that it will be the group’s “biggest story of the year.” He added that, “Based upon what the people in these tapes say, [the media] is no longer even doing legitimate news gathering.”

The whistleblower, who remains anonymous, allegedly said he “started at CNN with a dream to work in media, but my dream had become a nightmare.”

Obviously, CNN anchor Brian Stelter will play a starring role in the recordings. O’Keefe issued a warning to Stelter by tweet (below).

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O’Keefe is a conservative political activist best known for going into left leaning organizations (academic, governmental, and social service organizations) under cover to capture abusive, embarrassing or even incriminating statements or actions. He has faced reprimand and even lawsuits over some of his projects. According to Wikipedia, he has been “criticized for selectively editing videos to misrepresent the context of the conversations and the subjects’ responses, creating the false impression that people said or did things they did not.”

He gained national attention for his video recordings of workers at Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) offices in 2009, his arrest and guilty plea in 2010 for entering the federal office of then-U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) under false pretenses, and the release of videos of conversations with two high-ranking, now former, NPR executives in 2011.

When his videos portraying ACORN workers seemingly aiding a couple in criminal planning hit the 24-hour cable news cycle, the U.S. Congress quickly voted to freeze funds for the non-profit. The national controversy resulted in the non-profit also losing most of its private funding before investigations of the videos concluded no illegal activity occurred. In March 2010, ACORN was close to bankruptcy and had to close or rename most of its offices.[9] Shortly after, the California State Attorney General’s Office and the US Government Accountability Office released their related investigative reports. The Attorney General’s Office found that O’Keefe had misrepresented the actions of ACORN workers in California and that the workers had not broken any laws. A preliminary probe by the GAO found that ACORN had managed its federal funds appropriately. One of the fired ACORN workers sued O’Keefe for invasion of privacy; O’Keefe issued an apology and agreed to pay $100,000 in a settlement.

O’Keefe has gained support from right-wing and conservative media and interest groups. In 2009, Andrew Breitbart commissioned him for the option to publish new videos exclusively on BigGovernment.com. In June 2010, O’Keefe formed a 501(c)(3) organization, Project Veritas.

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AOC On Verge of Tears: ‘Dream of Motherhood is Bittersweet’ Because We Are On Brink of ‘Extinction’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took her climate show on the road on Friday, when she was in Copenhagen where she spoke at the C40 World Mayors Summit.

In her speech, she was near tears and railed against climate change, saying that our world was at the crossroads of “extinction” and that there could be no “middle road” in response.

From Daily Wire:

“The climate crisis is already here,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed. “On this note I speak to you not as an elected official or public figure, but I speak to you as a human being – a woman whose dreams of motherhood now taste bittersweet because of what I know about our children’s future, and that our actions are responsible for bringing their most dire possibilities into focus. I speak to you as a daughter and descendant of colonized peoples who have already begun to suffer.”

She blamed Hurricane Maria’s destruction in Puerto Rico in 2017 on climate change saying her own grandfather died “in the aftermath.”

Ocasio-Cortez claimed that the disaster was “all because they were living under colonial rule, which contributed to the dire conditions.” She claimed that this was happening to people who had already suffered so much because of “imperialism.”

On the contrary, as the facts have revealed, local corruption and the failure of the local government have badly affected the island for years, despite billions poured in by the federal government. Governor Richard Rosello even had to step down after massive protests by the people because of unhappiness over his response in part.

She then claimed that media coverage of such disasters fails to mention climate change as a cause when in fact, they often do even if there’s no factual basis to support it.

“It is not a coincidence that the truth is controversial,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “None of this is a coincidence because climate change is not a coincidence or a scientific anomaly. Climate change is a consequence. It is a consequence of our unsustainable way of life.”

She spoke of fact and consensus but then claimed it was a fact that all three airports in New York would be flooded by 2080. She said if she had a child, “he, she or they,” would have to deal with a situation where their most critical infrastructure was underwater.

She decried the “runaway pursuit of profit” and argued that the only way to address climate change was to “change “society” and control the economy, on a level that had never been done before, to mobilize the change they desired.

But really it’s the other way around. The left and socialists need climate change to justify the radical desire to control the economy and completely change the system. That’s the real aim.

Here are a few facts from meteorologist Joe Bastardi for the non-scientist AOC.

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WHERE’S HUNTER? He Just Quit His Sweet Gig On The Board Of a Chinese Company

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President Trump asked “Where Is Hunter?” and now we know. He just stepped down from his cool board job with a Chinese equity firm.

According to Bloomberg

Hunter Biden is stepping down from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company and promising to forego all foreign work if his father, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, is elected president in 2020.

After months of keeping a relatively low-profile as President Donald Trump leveled a barrage of unsubstantiated accusations of corruption at him, the younger Biden is publicly vowing to avoid any conflict of interest.

According to a statement released on his behalf by his lawyer George Mesires, Biden said he’ll resign at the end of the month from the management company of a private equity fund that’s backed by Chinese state-owned entities. He also pledged that he wouldn’t work for any foreign-owned companies or serve on their boards during a potential Biden administration. He reiterated that he never discussed his business activities with his father.

Trump has been teeing off on Hunter and his business dealings with great success. If you have noticed the rivals for the Democratic nomination have been whimpering support for Biden while snickering in the background as Trump does their work for them.

Even for those that want to look at the bright side of things. Hunter Biden has absolutely been able to capitalize on his father’s political position. He was not the first but also not the last. Just the appearance of him having no experience and getting gigs on both Ukraine and Chinese companies scream of impropriety.

Is it fair? Probably not.

Has it been fair when the Trump kids have had the same done to them? Probably not.

Here is where my friends that are #NeverTrump seem to skip or be appalled at.

The Democrats have done this stuff for years. Stern editorials were written at the Weekly Standard and National Review on the practice of Democrats doing these things, yet it continued on. Candidates for all sorts of office on the left could virtually say that Republicans are trying to kill grandma and make sure you starve to death in old age. Talking heads would go on news shows and say how outrageous it was and the practice continued.

Trump has broken all the old rules and this is the clearest example of that.

He went DIRECTLY at Joe Bidens son.

He accused the Bidens of some shady dealings ( While there is no proof you sure as hell can make the case it looks shady) and he made it stick. While others in politics would have had their surrogates go out and do the dirty work, Trump says hold my non-alcoholic beer and goes and does it himself.

That is why his most ardent supporters love him.

Trump has probably wounded Biden so badly with this that even if Joe survives the primary he will be badly damaged for the general election. So if Biden does not make it Trump faces a weaker candidate nationally. If Joe does make it he gets to tee off on him 3 times on national stages for Presidential debates.

Either way with the rule book being re-written by Trump since he came down those escalators in 2015, the way that national politics is done has been forever changed.

Get used to it.

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NY Times Writer Acknowledges the Existence of a Deep State, But Makes One Key Distinction

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Not even New York Times columnist James B. Stewart can disagree there exists in America an anti-Trump deep state which has worked tirelessly to rid the country of this President. In fact, he’s written a book about it which is aptly titled, “Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law.”

We’ve been aware of the deep state’s existence for years, but prior to the stunning victory of Donald J. Trump in November of 2016, it had always operated quietly beneath the surface of the Washington establishment. Rocked by the reality of a President Trump, the deep state has come out of the shadows and into the mainstream. Since Trump’s election, it has labored relentlessly and unabashedly to undermine his presidency every step of the way.

Stewart admits that the deep state is alive and well and living in Washington, D.C. However, rather than viewing it as something anti-American or sinister, he believes it’s actually a positive force that’s “protecting the American people and protecting the Constitution.”

He portrays the men, women and institutions of the deep state as saviors of our fragile democratic republic. They are doing a service to the country by trying to rid us of this lawless, thuggish outsider who is destroying America. The fact that Trump won a fair election, accumulating over 300 electoral votes, is not even a consideration.

Stewart appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” last week and spoke to host Savannah Guthrie to promote his new book. The brief clip can be viewed here.

Guthrie says to Stewart, “Deep state is one of those phrases that really wasn’t in our political lexicon until a few years ago with President Trump. And his central allegation is that there are people inside these government agencies actively working against him. What did you find?”

Well, you meet these characters in my book, and the fact is, in a sense, he’s right. There is a deep state…there is a bureaucracy in our country who has pledged to respect the Constitution, respect the rule of law. They do not work for the President. They work for the American people. And, as Comey told me in my book, ‘thank goodness for that,’ because they are protecting the Constitution and the people when individuals – we don’t have a monarch, we don’t have a dictator – they restrain them from crossing the boundaries of law. What Trump calls the deep state in the United States is protecting the American people and protecting the Constitution. It’s a positive thing in this sense.

While it sounds surreal to hear anyone voicing such a farfetched opinion, Stewart sounds as if he really believes in what he’s saying. He truly sees himself and the others fighting to “overthrow” President Trump as the “good guys.” I used to imagine that Democrats knew they were telling lies, but now I think they have all convinced themselves that their perception of events is the truth.

Next, the two discuss how the term “deep state” has become “pejorative.” Stewart explains, “Well, it’s pejorative because of how it was treated in Turkey and Egypt, with a deep state of people who were protecting their own power. What Trump calls the “deep state” in the United States,” according to Stewart, “is protecting the American people and protecting the Constitution. It’s a positive thing in this sense.”

No, actually James the people of the deep state are trying to protect their own power in the same way the Turks and the Egyptians did. It is not their job to second guess or to undermine the President’s lawful orders. Rather, it is their job to implement those orders.

Next Guthrie says, “It always was assumed, fairly or unfairly, that Republicans were the party of law enforcement. And just yesterday on “Meet the Press” you had Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican, saying he doesn’t really trust the FBI, he doesn’t trust the CIA, now he named in particular, individuals, McCabe, Comey, those folks. But what do you think about this larger development that there’s questioning of these very institutions, what does that mean for those institutions?

And Stewart replies:

Well, it’s historically unprecedented and it’s very dangerous. The reason they’re being attacked is the Justice Department and the FBI are independent. For good reasons. They may be called upon to investigate, as they did, the White House. They do not answer to the President, even though he appoints them. And for them to be branded, as Trump has, as traitors, to alienate them, has struck terror into many of these people. Many of the people I have talked to, they’re terrified. They’ve been branded as traitors, the penalty for traitors is the death penalty.

Please! How many times have the Democrats and the media branded Trump as a traitor? Even after the Mueller report came out, former CIA Director John Brennan told Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” that he stands by his earlier statement. He said, “I called [Trump’s] behavior treasonous, which is to betray one’s trust and aid and abet the enemy, and I stand very much by that claim.” President Rep. Eric Swalwell once said Trump was an agent “working on behalf of the Russians.” Let’s not even get started on the comments of Nancy Pelosi or Adam Schiff. It wouldn’t take long to make a list of 100 times a leftist has called Trump an agent of Russia or a traitor.

Asked by Guthrie what the current mood is inside the intelligence agencies, the FBI, now that there are whole groups of people who look at them askance and they say, “Wait a minute, whose side are you on here?,” Stewart responded:

Well, morale has been devastated. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve been inside there, it is terrible. These are people who don’t make a whole lot of money but they dedicated themselves to public service, and they were treated like local heroes. Now, there’s a huge faction of the population that thinks they’re the enemy of the people, that they’re traitors, that they’re doing something sinister, that they’re conspiring against the White House. That is unfair, it’s untrue, but it has had a terrible toll on the people there…There’s a lot of damage, it’s gonna be lasting for many years. But it’s something I hope the American people will take into consideration when they decide who to support. How important the  and who is going to be able to restore the integrity of these institutions.

Is it really unfair or untrue? Where were the whistleblowers inside of these organizations when the FBI was submitting unlawful applications based on a bogus, unverified dossier, which the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign paid a foreign spy to produce? And that foreign spy paid other foreigners to provide material they hoped would end Donald Trump’s candidacy or else provide cause to remove him from office in the remote event he might win. All of those with knowledge of this activity who remained silent are guilty.

How important is the rule of law is to this country? It sure wasn’t important to James Comey when he told President-elect Trump in January of 2017 that there was a “salacious and unverified” dossier out there about him, which was the same “Verified” document he presented to the FISA Court just two and a half months earlier as evidence that the FBI needed a warrant to surveil Carter Page.

Nor was it important to Comey when he gave copies of his memos to his law professor friend to leak to the New York Times after he’d been fired in the hopes it would trigger the appointment of a special counsel.

Or when Rod Rosenstein, angry that Trump had portrayed the memo he had written, upon Trump’s insistence, which made the case for Comey’s firing, made his game-changing decision to appoint a special counsel. And not just any special counsel, but the highly partisan, conflicted Robert Mueller.

Once Democrats began to see Trump as a threat to a Hillary Clinton victory, the creatures of the deep state banded together and homed in on Trump like maggots to a corpse. And they have maintained maximum pressure on Trump and his administration on a daily basis ever since.

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Another Federal Judge Spits In the Face of the Supreme Court

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In this Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, photo, Texas Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, right, passes a “No Border Wall” sign during a visit to the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, a possible location for a border wall. O’Rourke is forsaking a safe seat in Congress and a rising-star career for the longest of odds in an attempt to unseat Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. O’Rourke says that after Donald Trump was elected president, he decided he had to do more in politics than stay put in the House. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Stop me if you’ve seen this movie before.

Another federal judge has decided that Trump building a border wall through his emergency declaration is illegal. This came from Judge David Briones, a Clinton appointee (shocked face). His reasoning is as specious as the first judge that tried this.

Another federal judge ruled against President Trump’s use of a “national emergency” declaration to divert funds for the construction of a border wall on Friday, finding the use of an emergency proclamation “unlawful” because it violated a Congressional budgeting measure from January.

“The Congressional language in the [bill] reveals Congress’s intent to limit the border barrier funding,” wrote Judge David Briones, who was appointed to the federal District Court for the Western District of Texas by former President Bill Clinton.

There’s so much wrong when you drill down into this.

First, how does El Paso County and an activist group (who are the plaintiffs here) have standing to challenge federal agencies using federal funds on federal land? The simple answer is that there’s no legal reason they have standing. Yet, this judge decided they did based on the laughable notion that El Paso County would suffer “damage to their reputation.” By such a standard, anyone could have standing in any lawsuit against the federal government. It’s just ludicrous.

The Supreme Court has already slapped down a judge earlier this summer for an equally ridiculous ruling, which bounced back and forth between the 9th circuit originally. In it, the issue of standing came up, as it was yet another activist group doing the suing. The highest court has already ruled that Trump’s use of the emergency declaration is lawful and the gyrations of this judge don’t change that.

In the end, this will make it’s way up the change and be overturned. But until Chief Justice John Roberts stops sitting on his hands, lower court judges will continue to spit in his face and gum up the judicial system with unsupported rulings such as this. Allowing this ruling to stand for even a day is an affront to our system. It’s not enough to let this spend months going through the system. The Supreme Court should immediately overrule this and then take away the ability for district court judges to make national injunctions.

Meanwhile, the wall keeps going up, whether these rogue judges like it or not.

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