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Chapter 2: An Anonymous Whistleblower Complaint Replaces the Steele Dossier

 

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., departs the Capitol en route to a speaking event in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Pelosi will meet with her caucus later as more House Democrats are urging an impeachment inquiry amid reports that President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his family. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Some of us are old enough to remember the Looney Tunes classic series, “Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner.” In every episode, Wile E. Coyote has a new idea for how he will finally catch Roadrunner, but the bird is simply too fast and the Coyote never succeeds. Most of the time, the plan backfires and leaves the Coyote wounded and angry. But that doesn’t stop him from trying again.

This morning, the whistleblower’s complaint was released. Given that the transcript of the actual conversation between President Trump and the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, seemed quite benign, the seriousness of the allegations and the tone of the complaint came as a surprise. Our whistleblower has managed to extract an extraordinary amount of material from a pretty mild phone call.

To me, the past week feels eerily similar to the beginning of the Russian collusion investigation. The allegations in the whistleblower’s complaint  are difficult to believe. Instead of Russian collusion, it’s become Ukrainian collusion. And an anonymous whistleblower complaint has replaced the Steele dossier.

The whistleblower wrote that “over the course of four months, more than half a dozen U.S. officials have informed me of various facts.” Okay, so the whistleblower submitted his complaint on August 12th and had worked on it for four months.

That would take us back to the first half of April.

On April 1st, The Hill’s John Solomon broke the story about Hunter Biden’s business dealings with Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma Holdings. He wrote:

U.S. banking records show Hunter Biden’s American-based firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, received regular transfers into one of its accounts — usually more than $166,000 a month — from Burisma from spring 2014 through fall 2015, during a period when Vice President Biden was the main U.S. official dealing with Ukraine and its tense relations with Russia.

Until this time, no one had tied Joe Biden’s boast about threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid unless the Ukrainian President fired Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, to his son’s involvement with Burisma.

Note: Solomon appeared on “Hannity” last night and said he has obtained 450 pages of documents from “the State Department and Hunter Biden’s “legal team” demonstrating that the attorneys were working to stop an investigation launched by then-Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin into principals of Burisma.” He will present his story tonight on “Hannity.”

In March, Solomon interviewed Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, who replaced Shokin, and came away with extraordinary stories of corruption within the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, originating from the State Department.

In April 2016, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s office was investigating a nonprofit called the Anti-Corruption Action Centre (AntAC). This organization was co-founded by the Obama administration and George Soros. The concern was that $4.4 million the U.S. had sent to help fight corruption in Ukraine had been improperly diverted.

Shortly before Lutsenko took office, then-U.S. Embassy Charge d’ Affaires George Kent sent a letter to the Prosecutor General’s office asking them to end the investigation. Kent made it clear that “U.S. officials had no concerns about how the U.S. aid had been spent.”

Soon after taking office, Lutsenko was summoned to the U.S. Embassy to meet the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. According to Lutsenko, Yovanovitch handed him “a list of people whom we should not prosecute.” The embassy, of course, responded that the claim was a fabrication and a sign that corruption is alive and well inside Ukraine. (I posted about this story here.) Solomon wrote:

But Kent’s letter unequivocally shows the embassy did press Ukrainian prosecutors to back off what normally would be considered an internal law enforcement matter inside a sovereign country. And more than a half-dozen U.S. and Ukrainian sources confirmed to me the AntAC case wasn’t the only one in which American officials exerted pressure on Ukrainian investigators in 2016.

When I asked State to explain the letter and inclusion of the Soros-connected names during the meeting, it demurred. “As a general rule, we don’t read out private diplomatic meetings,” it responded. “Ambassador Yovanovitch represents the President of the United States in Ukraine, and America stands behind her and her statements.”

Second, the AntAC anecdote highlights a little-known fact that the pursuit of foreign corruption has resulted in an unusual alliance between the U.S. government and a political mega-donor.

If this account is correct, the Obama administration pressured a foreign government to drop an investigation into an organization they had co-founded along with activist George Soros. They were interested in preventing American taxpayers from learning how their tax dollars were being spent as well as concealing their collaboration with Soros. But, above all, they were each doing their part to insure that Hillary Clinton won the presidency.

The most serious corruption of all involved pro-Hillary Clinton Ukrainians and the DNC. Fox News contributor and author Dan Bongino and Solomon stand out for their ability to recognize the coordination between corrupt pro-Hillary Clinton Ukrainians and the DNC. Although Clinton lost the election, the effects of their interference can still be felt today. Especially for Paul Manafort.

To gain a better understanding of what happened, it’s helpful to know the backstory. No one does a better job of this than Bongino in his book “Spygate,” which was published in the late fall of 2018. He lays out the story of the real election interference that took place in 2016.

This story starts with the targeting of Paul Manafort by a pro-Western Ukrainian lawyer and activist named Alexandra Chalupa. This woman had worked as a consultant for the DNC and for Democratic politicians including several Clinton campaign officials. Between 2004 and 2016, she had earned $412,000 from the DNC, but left to focus on researching or rather “destroying” Manafort. Chalupa had “watched him since 2014.”

According to Bongino:

The moment Manafort joined the Trump team, Chalupa alerted the DNC of the “threat” of Russian influence. Chalupa’s sister, Andrea, spread the word on a Ukrainian television show calling Manafort’s hiring a “huge deal” and describing him as the “puppet master of some of the most vile dictators around the world.” His hiring, she said sent a “very, very, very, very, very serious warning bell going off.” This fear was rooted in the belief that Manafort was the mastermind behind Yanukovych’s corruption.

Chalupa was a woman on a mission. Determined to broadcast her message to the world, she began by enlisting the help of journalists. Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff came on board and began writing a series of articles which portrayed both Manafort and the Trump campaign in a rather nefarious light. Her strategy was quite effective.

Chalupa’s smear campaign involved journalists and diplomats as well as contacts inside the DNC. She obviously had many contacts from her years in Washington and her message was easy to sell.

Bongino reported on the infamous black ledger and the role played by pro-Hillary Clinton Ukrainians in Paul Manafort’s downfall.

Politico writers Kenneth Vogel and David Stern interviewed Alexandra Chalupa for their January 2017 article. She told them she had developed a network of sources in Kiev and Washington, including investigative journalists, government officials and private intelligence operatives. She also said that Ukrainian government officials gave her information to pass along to the DNC. She later denied both of these statements.

Recall that Hillary Clinton’s campaign had previously bailed out the DNC financially and essentially controlled it.

The scope of the Democrat’s interference in the 2016 was breathtaking and beyond the scope of this post. I wrote in detail about this here.

Another piece of the puzzle involves Nellie Ohr who worked for Fusion GPS along with Christopher Steele. During her testimony last summer, she told lawmakers that a major source of the information she provided to the FBI was a Ukrainian official.

Suffice it to say that, by the spring of 2019, a pretty clear picture of the Democrats’ collusion with Ukrainians to tip the election to Clinton had formed.

The Mueller report hadn’t produced the result Democrats had anticipated. William Barr had appointed John Durham to open an investigation into the origins of the bogus Russian collusion probe. And, at the time, it was thought that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ report on alleged FISA abuse by the FBI, would be released imminently.

Hence, ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the Ukrainian Collusion Scandal.

Could this be the Democrat’s newest plan to finally catch that damn bird, once and for all?

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FULL AUDIO. President Trump Hints at Vengeance on the Whistleblower and His Enablers

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President Donald Trump gestures towards members on the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, after returning from United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

As the day was heating up on Capitol Hill, President Trump was at a private breakfast in New York with the staff of the US Mission to the United Nations.It may have started out routine, but it didn’t stay that way. Here I’m going to quote an LA Times article by Eli Stokols to within a molecule or two of copyright violation because someone gave Stokols a recording. The Clinton’s go-to reporter at the New York Times, Maggie Haberman, had to rely upon this for sourcing:

according to a person briefed on what took place, who had notes of what the president said.

WTF does that mean? Is it even English?

Back to the Stokols story:

“Basically, that person never saw the report, never saw the call, he never saw the call — heard something and decided that he or she, or whoever the hell they saw — they’re almost a spy,” Trump said.

“I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy,” he continued. “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”

In his remarks, Trump cited his awkward meeting with Zelensky on Wednesday where both leaders were asked about the implicit quid pro quo detailed in the call summary and whistleblower complaint.

“They said, ‘Was he pressuring you?’” Trump said, describing the question to Zalensky, who responded that he hadn’t felt any “push” but also said he didn’t want to get involved in a U.S. political squabble.

“You know, these animals in the press,” Trump went on. “They’re animals, some of the worst human beings you’ll ever meet.”

This is the funny part. Imagine the state of affairs when a State Department employee in New York feels comfortable doing this. It is either the ballsiest troll ever or even the New York Times’s core audience has grown tired of this crap.

Someone in the room shouted out “Fake news!” egging the president on.

And egged on he was.

“They’re scum,” Trump continued. “Many of them are scum, and then you have some good reporters, but not many of them, I’ll be honest with you.”

He then accused Sen. Christopher S. Murphy (D-Conn.), who met with Zalensky in Kyiv this month, of pressuring the Ukrainian leader to accuse Trump of improper behavior.

“Democratic senators went over there and strong-armed the guy,” Trump said, affecting Murphy’s voice for a moment. “‘You better damn well do this or you’re not going to get any money from Congress.’ Oh, I see, that’s OK?”

“And then you have Sleepy Joe Biden who’s dumb as a rock,” Trump went on. “This guy was dumb on his best day and he’s not having his best day right now. He’s dumb as a rock. [FACT CHECK: True.] So you have Sleepy Joe and his kid, who’s got a lot of problems, he got thrown out of the Navy — look, I’m not going to, it’s a problem … so we won’t get into why. He got thrown out of the Navy and now this kid goes into Ukraine, walks away with millions of dollars, he becomes a consultant for $50,000 a month and he doesn’t know anything compared to anybody at this firm. He’s a stiff. He knows nothing. He’s walking away with $50,000.”

Enjoy the show.

I find myself largely in agreement with this. The guy at the center of the storm is not a whistleblower by any stretch of the imagination. Not only did he not witness any illegal behavior, he didn’t even witness any behavior. He’s a gossipmonger who is trying to damage the President because of what seems to be more personal animus than a policy basis. I hope Trump finds out this guy’s name and gives him the recognition on Twitter that he deserves. I’m not alone in my assessment of the whistleblower’s status, the Office of Legal Counsel agrees. I think everyone throws around treason and traitor a bit too freely, but after watching the Democrats and some people who used to write here in action, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m in a minority. If Trump has been accused of treason, he has certainly earned the right to repay that insult in its own coin. On the serious side, this shows that quite a few of the intelligence agency employees attached to the White House are openly partisan and will happily use their position to forward those goals. I’d be all in favor of Trump going after the people doing this with all the vigor that Bill Barr can wring out of the Justice Department.

On the merits, I’m not impressed at all with the whistleblower complaint. There is literally nothing in there that is illegal and, unless you’re a Democrat, there isn’t very much to object to.

Two thoughts here. Does anyone really believe that he made these statements in front of this audience without the intent that they’d be made public. Think about it. State Department employees in New York are not really a core Trump constituency. The second thought comes by way of the New York Times:

At a fund-raiser at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan immediately after the United Nations event, Mr. Trump walked out before the crowd of several hundred donors clutching paper in one of his hands and said, “This is the call.” He then said it was “the greatest thing” to happen to the Republican Party because they had raised so much money off the controversy.

And NBC

As the acting director of national intelligence began to testify Thursday morning before Congress, Trump departed for a Manhattan fundraiser where he was to be surrounded by familiar faces from his former life as a New York businessman.

Raising money has been one bright spot for Trump. Adding to the $5 million haul the impeachment inquiry news brought in on Tuesday and Wednesday, the president raised $5 million at a fundraising dinner at a private home in Manhattan on Wednesday night, according to a Republican spokeswoman.

He was expected to bring in an additional $3 million at the breakfast Thursday morning, for a total of $13 million so far this week.

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Big Democrat Donors Threaten to Switch to Trump if Elizabeth Warren Wins the 2020 Nomination

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The Democrats have a lot of problems right now, but they’ll have an even bigger one if Sen. Elizabeth Warren wins the 2020 nomination over former VP Joe Biden.

Apparently, these big donors are in big business, and Fauxcahontas’s constant threats to punish banks and implement harsh regulations on corporations isn’t sitting well with many of these business owners.

According to CNBC, this isn’t just a few disgruntled rich guys either, this is becoming a popular opinion among the business community.

In recent weeks, CNBC spoke to several high-dollar Democratic donors and fundraisers in the business community and found that this opinion was becoming widely shared as Warren, an outspoken critic of big banks and corporations, gains momentum against Joe Biden in the 2020 race.

“You’re in a box because, you’re a Democrat and you’re thinking, ‘I want to help the party, but she’s going to hurt me, so I’m going to help President Trump,’” said a senior private equity executive who declined to be named.

During her campaign, Warren has taken a very socialistic tac and has continuously threatened to come down hard on the business community. She’s not even trying to make it sound pleasant, she’s openly at war with them.

If these donors do pull out, then it will make a cash problem the DNC is already suffering from even worse. As my colleague Bonchie reported just last May, the DNC is cash-strapped thanks to low donation amounts compared to the RNC, which has been continuously flush with cash.

If Warren is given the keys to the DNC’s driver seat, then you can bet donors are going to bail and make their situation even worse.

If anything, this should be one more signal to the Democrats that the radicalism may play well with its increasingly ravenous but shrinking base, but for the rest of America, Warren’s “eat the rich” style of governing doesn’t fit.

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Gay Jewish Former Dem Dave Rubin’s Event Gets 86’d by Antifa Threats and Accusations that He’s Neo-Nazi Recruiter

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It seems the world’s gone crazy, and we’ve hopped an ark, pushing off from the mainland of words that mean things and reaching the shores of Nonsense Island.

Therefore, now “immigrant” is the political and media word for “someone who chooses to enter the U.S. through means other than immigration” (here), “inclusive” means “an exclusive point of view” (here), and “anti-fascism” means “fascism” (here and here).

And often, it seems, “conservative” just means “Nazi psycho.”

Maybe it’s time to shake the English Etch-a-Sketch and start all over.

Let’s come up with words that actually mean the thing the words actually mean; that’d be nice.

Until then, a pro-fascism group which bafflingly calls itself Antifa(scism) continues its fascistic terrorism.

Hence, gay former Democrat (and great guy to check out) Dave Rubin has announced that his upcoming September 29th event with People’s Party of Canada leader and Canadian Prime Minister candidate Maxime Bernier at Hamilton, Canada’s Mohawk College has been canceled.

The decision was made due to threats by Antifa. That would be, the decision was made due to threats by blackmaskedviolent fascists.

Another reason for the cancellation: an article in The Hamilton Spectator labeling Dave a “far-right YouTube personality.”

Rubin called the piece nuts:

The evolving “classic liberal” host blasted the article’s author, Evan Balgord, who’s also the Executive Director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network.

More backward word usage?

The normally strikingly civil Dave had some interesting usage himself, such as “sniveling” and “weasel.”

I’d say that isn’t hard to understand, given this incredible statement in the article:

Dave Rubin is a far-right YouTube personality and a significant part of a radicalization process ushering people into the neo-Nazi movement, according to a recently published study out of Cornell University which analyzed 79 million comments and over 330,000 videos to track the effect.

I have a response: Nah-ah.

Here’s Dave’s:

Speaking to the Post Millennial, Rubin said he doesn’t know what happened:

“I don’t know where these threats came from, nor who the ‘journalist’ who wrote this ridiculous piece of fiction is. I was looking forward to talking to Maxime about freedom and liberty in front of hundreds of good people. I intend to be at the event as expected.”

Here’s another bit from the goofy write-up:

Hamilton is a front-line of hate group vs. anti-racist and anti-Fascist action in Canada, and the PPC’s decision to have the event at Mohawk during the election is deliberate. Many in their base hate anti-racists and anti-fascists and share fantasies of fighting them and watching them be arrested. By inviting a demonstration against their event the PPC is feeding red meat to their base.

The Daily Wire describes more about the article, which doth hath dumbness:

Balgord limned PPC as racist, writing, “So many PPC supporters and organizers have been exposed as bigots, members or supporters of hate groups, radical conspiracy theorists, or full-blown neo-Nazis that it’s hard to keep count.” Then he segued to Rubin, who is gay and Jewish, sniping that he is “a significant part of a radicalization process ushering people into the neo-Nazi movement, according to a recently published study out of Cornell University …” He continued, “Either would be counter-demonstrated in Hamilton, and with the current environment it promises to be tense. Mohawk can expect anti-racists to show up and their own students to demonstrate.”

The editorial encouraged the college to cancel despite the country’s Freedom of Speech policy, due to safety and security issues.

There used to be a phrase: “the American conversation.” It seems we’re losing that, as opponents of ideas — including ones of which they’re actually unaware — appear to increasingly want to place duct tape over mouths that might speak them. On Twitter, users block contrary voices, and Google takes what you look at on the web and feeds it right back to you the next time you search.

The above story, of course, takes place in Canada; but it mirrors the trajectory of our land to the south.

In my opinion, we’d all be a lot better off if less time was spent trying to prevent speech and more investment was made in listening.

-ALEX

 

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Adam Schiff Did One of the Most Insane, Disgusting Things Ever Done In a Congressional Hearing

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There is no member of Congress more disgusting than Adam Schiff, and there are a lot of disgusting members of Congress.

He spent the last two years claiming to have super-secret proof of Trump colluding with Russia, being given a permeant spot the Sunday shows to constantly lie about what he actually knew. When it all came crashing down, he paid no price at all, still insisting the evidence was “in plain sight.”

Now, he’s found a new hobby horse. Namely, this Trump-Ukraine nonsense and that meant having a hearing today with the Intel Chief about the “whistle-blower” complaint.

How did Schiff open the hearing? By lying his butt off.

Schiff’s entire characterization and quoting of the transcript was patently false. It sought to apply context and motive where there was none. He simply made things up to push his narrative.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, herself no Trump fan, called out this insanity.

What an absolute garbage legislator this guy is. Democrats claim they want the facts and he goes out and just completely makes up a transcript, presenting it as fact on national TV. How many people watching that hadn’t actually read the transcript? How were they supposed to know he was lying?

I should probably thank him though. Schiff gave the game away before the first whistle. This isn’t about facts, fairness, real investigations, or the rule of law. It’s about distorting an innocuous phone call and trying to manufacture an impeachment out of it. Nothing more. It doesn’t matter that there’s nothing impeachable in the transcript, nor the complaint. Schiff and the Democrats have their minds made up and they’ll say whatever they need to push through. All the while, they do so knowing the media won’t fact-check them or call them out.

Try to imagine what CNN would say if Devin Nunes got up in an official committee hearing and did that crap. Would they chastise him? You can bet your life on it. Instead, the media have basically ignored it, only reporting on Republican reactions (i.e. Republicans pounce) to the bizarre rant.

Schiff’s underhanded tactics likely don’t end with that public spectacle though. It’s looking more and more like he is one of the architects of this entire sideshow.

This is all planned. It’s too well laid out to not be. Schiff was pushing Fusion GPS talking points about Ukraine and Trump weeks before the whistle-blower complaint was even lodged. That’s not a coincidence. It’s a continuation of a long pattern, going back to his Mueller investigation antics.

Schiff is now claiming his fake reading of the trancript was a “parody ” that actually proves how serious this is. Give all of us a break. This guy is a clown and deserves to be treated as such.

As a side note, if you want a good litmus test for which conservatives you should ignore, simply see how they react to Schiff. If any “conservative” loses their mind over Devin Nunes but continues to not criticize Schiff (i.e. David French), that’s not someone to trust.

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Watch: Mad Maxine Waters Accidentally Admits Impeachment Has Been About Orange Man Bad From Day One

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Her answer accidentally confirmed something Republicans have been saying all along about what impeachment really has been all about for Democrats.

Hayes started off by noting that Waters had long been a staunch critic of Trump’s and a proponent for his impeachment well before the latest wave of allegations were reported. “What is different [this time]?” he asked her.

Here’s how she responded (transcribed):

“Well, obviously the difference is the speaker of the House of Representatives is now on board for a formalized impeachment inquiry and she has her caucus support in doing so. That’s extremely different.”

It’s what she stated next that gave the game away (bolded emphasis added):

“You’re absolutely right. I started a long time ago, right after the president was inaugurated, talking about impeachment and saying that he was dishonorable, he was a conman, we could not trust him. And of course I was way ahead of all this and nobody really took me seriously, but I also knew that this president was so brazen and so disrespectful of the Constitution that he was going to continue to abuse the presidential power.”

Watch:

What’s Waters really saying there in the midst of her narcissistic back-patting? She admitted without saying the actual words that before there were any allegations of wrongdoing she was already calling for his impeachment because (drumroll) she didn’t like him (this is better known as TDS).

Her suggesting she “also knew that this president was so brazen and so disrespectful of the Constitution that he was going to continue to abuse the presidential power” is nonsense, because at the time she started talking about impeachment (Feb. 6, 2017) Trump had barely been in the White House for two weeks.

Her disagreements with him at the time were about policy, not any alleged impeachable offenses.

She wanted him impeached because of political disagreements. He’s a Republican. She’s a Democrat. He defeated Hillary Clinton. Waters wanted revenge. So did a lot of other Democrats in DC.

So she got the impeachment ball rolling based on those two non-issues.

The reason Democrats “didn’t take her seriously” at the time was not because they disagreed with her, but because she was giving up the game way too soon.

And guess what? Their reasons haven’t changed. The impeachment rationale for Democrats now is the same as it was back when Waters and Rep. Al Green (D-TX) were among the few calling for it at the time: Orange Man Bad.

While Waters’ and the left’s rationale for impeaching Trump hasn’t changed over the last 2 and a half years, what has changed is how Maxine Waters herself views impeachment. Here’s what she said about it in 1998 when President Bill Clinton was being impeached for, you know, things that were actually impeachable offenses:

Keep being you, Mad Maxine. Keep being you.

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    The ADL Labeled the “OK” Symbol White Supremacist and the Internet Is Tearing Them Apart

     

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    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has found the largest shark they could and jumped it as they have now labeled the commonly used “OK” sign as a symbol of white supremacy.

    According to The Hill, the ADL added the hand sign to its “hate on display” database, alongside the burning cross and swastika, and the bowl haircut of the Charleston shooter:

    “Even as extremists continue to use symbols that may be years or decades old, they regularly create new symbols, memes and slogans to express their hateful sentiments,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL’s CEO, said in a statement.

    “We believe law enforcement and the public needs to be fully informed about the meaning of these images, which can serve as a first warning sign to the presence of haters in a community or school.”

    The “OK” sign has become popular in recent years among far-right extremists and white supremacists who use it to make the letter shapes for “w” and “p,” which stand for “white power.”

    If you think this is a bit ridiculous, and going way too far, you’re not alone. The internet responded to this overblown nonsense exactly the way it should. Responding to The Hill’s post, many posted pictures of celebrities and politicians, many of whom are not white, using the “OK” symbol.

    The ADL received much of the same kind of response when it posted a video explaining its decision, as well as the history of the “OK” sign, as well as articles about the “bowl cut” being a consistently chosen hairstyle for many.

    The truth is that the “OK” symbol is so widely used that calling it a white supremacist sign because 4Chan successfully memed it so as a hoax doesn’t make it a white supremacist sign. Everyone uses it, has used it, or will use it as a sign to indicate that a thing or situation is good.

    The only people creating hate symbols here are the ADL. If they didn’t put so much time and effort into making mountains out of molehills, the OK symbol would go right back to being what it always has been and no one would have thought otherwise. Instead, the ADL, as they usually do, are throwing as much gas on the flames as they can by making it a big deal.

    In effect, the ADL is creating these hate symbols by putting so much focus on them, not the public.

     

     

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    Here’s the Problem With the Now Released “Whistle-Blower” Complaint

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    As my colleague Joe cunningham wrote this morning, the much sought whistle blower complaint against President Trump has been released.

    This followed a feverous pursuit of impeachment based on a phone call with the Ukrainian president in which no illicitness is even shown. Sure, you have people straining to proclaim what President Zelensky might have interpreted, but the facts are that there was no quid pro quo and that Trump was not even the one to bring up Biden.

    That left us with the whistle-blower complaint, with the supposition was that it would contain the real bad stuff. So did it?

    No, not really. As Joe writes, it lays out a pathway for impeachment, but anyone can make claims based on second and third hand information. It was clearly drafted by lawyers, probably with the help of House Democrats, with its entire intent being to drive the media narrative.

    Why do I say that? Because even it’s most serious charge isn’t illegal and has a perfectly reasonable explanation.

    What we are seeing is an allegation of a cover-up of a call that Trump released with a smile the moment it was requested. He either sucks at cover-ups or the more likely reason these calls went to another server is to stop the leak-fest that was happening throughout 2017 and early 2018. Given we saw far less leaks of Trump’s private calls after that move, it seems to confirm that it was the intel community doing the leaking.

    But perhaps Trump moved the calls to an improper place, i.e. the Hillary Clinton meal server fiasco? Nope. They went to a top secret, codeword server that is run and sanctioned by the federal government. In other words, there was nothing illegal or even necessarily improper about it. In fact, if you dig down, the whistle-blower’s accusation seems to boil down to the idea that the calls were classified improperly. But that also makes no sense. A call between the President and a foreign leader would always end up classified.

    Further, it’s fairly clear that this whistle-blower isn’t actually a whistle-blower and that the IC has no jurisdiction over this matter.

    In the end, as per usual, we are left arguing if “Trump is bad” instead of anything actually impeachable. As I noted, there are perfectly reasonable explanations for why the White House would want to move the calls to more secure storage. The fact that other calls are also stored there says this was about leaks, not about covering up a single phone call, which we were given anyway.

    And I can’t stress that enough. We already have the phone call and Trump did not attempt to withhold it when it became clear this would be an issue. How can there be a cover up when he handed it over at the first sign of scandal? That again points to the storage decisions being related to leaks, not covering something nefarious up.

    As Fleitz notes above, this call is the property of the White House. The IC has no right to demand unlimited access to it, especially given how political they’ve become. I’ve lost track of the number of leaks that have almost certainly originated from their ranks. If the White House wants to store foreign calls in a more secure location, that’s their prerogative. That’s not an impeachable offense and to suggest such is laughable.

    Lastly, let’s remember that people in the intel community broke the law to share this information with the whistle-blower. He was not legally privy to any of these conversations or the supposed facts which form his allegation. Doesn’t the fact that the intel community was once again illegally leaking material to harm Trump only bolster his case for using more secure storage for his calls?

    This has done irreparable harm between the White House and the IC. There’s no reason he should trust them ever again, and that’s a shame because we need cooperation there. Same for the President’s calls with foreign leaders. Now, speaking freely will be a thing of the past, as fears of leaks and extorted releases of transcripts will always be present.

    What this all will lead to is lots of gnashing of teeth, yet another Congressional investigation, and Trump still being President. This is simply not going to take him out, nor should it. Perhaps there’s some coming smoking gun, but this isn’t it.

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    Video: AOC Has a Totally Not Stupid Plan for Impeaching Trump But It Involves Some Sacrifices

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    When she’s not shamelessly playing the “progressive WOC” or “incitement” cards in order to shut down her Republican critics, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) spends a good deal of her time on social media, on podcasts, and in interviews talking about how selfless she is, how she’s willing to take one for the team in order to advance the progressive/socialist agenda, and how she ran for Congress to do the work of The PeopleWestlake Legal Group 2122 Video: AOC Has a Totally Not Stupid Plan for Impeaching Trump But It Involves Some Sacrifices washington D.C. Target Races Social Media progressives polls Politico North Carolina Media Impeachment of President Trump impeachment Front Page Stories Front Page Featured Story Featured Post donald trump democrats Culture Congress Campaigns AOC Allow Media Exception Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 2020 Elections 2020  .

    But in light of the (overblown) allegations that President Trump engaged in quid pro quo with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky back in July, AOC is demanding other Democrats step up and make even bigger sacrifices.

    In an interview on CNN Wednesday night, the freshman Congresswoman told prime time anchor Chris Cuomo that Democrats in vulnerable House districts across America must be willing to make the ultimate political sacrifice in order to impeach Trump (bolded emphasis added by me):

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., argued on Wednesday night that Congress should pursue the impeachment of President Trump despite its unpopularity among voters and “put our country first” before their jobs.

    “I personally do not believe in fulfilling my obligations to my job based on polling data,” Ocasio-Cortez said on CNN. “I think we need to do our job and we’ve been elected and sent here by the people of the United States of America to fulfill all of our obligations under the Constitution of the United States.”
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    “I think the ground has shifted. I don’t believe in making decisions based on polling,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “I believe in our ability to organize the public, to educate the public, to talk to the public about why not just we as members of Congress much impeach the president but why all people in the United States of America must recognize and understand that need to put our country first before our consideration of reelection. And that goes for members of Congress all the way up to the president of the United States.”

    Watch the interview clip below:

    Ocasio-Cortez’s claims are laughable on a number of fronts, the most obvious one being the fact that she’s in one of the safest Democratic districts in the country. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a few months ago, Democrats would vote for a glass of water with a “D” beside it if it was the nominee for Congress in AOC’s district.

    In other words, it’s convenient for Ocasio-Cortez to urge other Democrats to make sacrifices that she knows she won’t have to.

    Secondly, the national polling shows Democrats in those vulnerable districts are uneasy precisely because a majority of the people they represent are not comfortable with the idea of impeachment. AOC’s district, on the other hand, is deep blue, so it’s easy for her to ignore national polling because it doesn’t reflect what the overwhelmingly hardline Democrats in her district want.

    So she doesn’t have to worry about losing her job as a Congresswoman by way of offending her constituents on issues like impeachment because they want impeachment, too. Duh.

    But she’s willing to risk losing the Democratic House majority simply because she believes Orange Man Bad. That’s unhinged.

    Then again, that’s … AOC.

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