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Narcissistic Mainstream Press Wonders Why White House Is Pulling Their Press Credentials

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Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fields questions from reporters during the daily briefing, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Trump White House has already become infamous for how they handle the press. They’ve stopped the formal press briefings — which had devolved into a cage match where poor Sarah Sanders tried to absorb the slings and arrows — in favor of informal gaggles in the driveway, where officials speak off the cuff and hope for the best.

Now, according to longtime Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, they’re revoking the passes of people like him who have have enjoyed a “front-row seat to history.”

Without ripping on Milbank too much, as it likely stings to be kicked out of the inner circle, his op-ed on the recent revocation of his “magical ticket” is instructive because, while it’s wrapped in concerns about press access and a tamping down of their ability to hold leadership accountable, it’s mostly about him.

And that, if Milbank and others could honestly analyze things for a second, may be part of the why they find themselves outside the gates.

Take Milbank’s opening paragraphs relaying the news he was no longer seated at the table.

I was in the White House the night Bill Clinton admitted his affair with Monica Lewinsky, and the day he was impeached. I was there on Sept. 11, 2001, and the fearful days thereafter, when we were trained to use escape hoods. I watched George W. Bush make the case for the Iraq War and Barack Obama pitch his remedies for the market crash. There, too, I have witnessed the carnival-like briefings and high histrionics of Donald Trump’s presidency.

But no more. The White House eliminated most briefings and severely restricted access to official events. And this week came the coup de grace: After covering four presidents, I received an email informing me that Trump’s press office had revoked my White House credential.

He sees the revocation of hard passes in favor of passes only for those journalists who are literally in the building almost daily — the hungry ones who show up — as a bit of a slap in the face for someone of his stature who has been in the viewing gallery for all the major events over the last 20 years.

And he believes it’s mostly because he’s a Trump critic.

He might be right. But the tone of his op-ed likely translates into how he approaches his work — by making himself a part of the news — and he might want to consider that the revocation of his and others’ hard press passes may have been informed by that same attitude.

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Cory Booker’s Gun Control Plan

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The May 7, 2019 National Review Online’s Editorial, features a look at Senator and Democrat Presidential contender Cory Booker’s latest attack on liberty.

From the article

Having thus far failed to break through in the Democratic primary, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey is seeking to gain an edge in the contest by advancing the most extreme package of gun-control proposals to be touted by any presidential aspirant in two decades.

The details

In addition to the usual laundry list — “universal” background checks, a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” the prohibition of standard-capacity magazines — Booker hopes to establish not only a federal registry of guns, but a federal registry of gun owners, too.

So, Booker wants to put my name on a list. Right.

Under the terms of Booker’s plan, Americans wishing to exercise their Second Amendment rights would have to apply to Washington for permission — not just once, but every five years — and to inform the executive branch of each weapon they own in their home.

I have to apply to the Federal government every 5 years in order to exercise my Enumerated Constitutional Right?

Is Senator Booker illiterate? Can he not understand the clear language…”shall not be infringed?” Maybe he, like many gun grabbers, just doesn’t care. As I mentioned in a previous article, unlawful gun grabbing in America has resulted in unintended consequences for the grabbers. An unlawful and ultimately botched attempt to confiscate Colonial weapons, resulted in “the shot heard ‘round the World,” as the battle at Lexington Commons kicked off the American Revolution.

Senator Booker is obviously nuttier than a fruitcake. Here’s my question to “reasonable” Democrats: Just how many young law enforcement men and women are you willing to see hurt, attempting to enforce a blatantly unconstitutional law?

On a cool Massachusetts morning, April 1775….

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Comey Passes Judgement on Rosenstein; Should Look At His Own Fall From 2004 ‘Hospital Showdown’ to 2016 ‘Compromises’

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I am not defending Rod Rosenstein. He is duplicitous, cowardly and above all, self-serving. Worst of all, after having written a memo in which he outlined the reasons why former FBI Director James Comey should be fired, he turned around and appointed Robert Mueller to the special counsel after the deed was done. Moreover, I marvel at how rarely his role in the coup against the President is either discussed or written about by those of us on the right. (Please see Rod Rosenstein Has Major Conflicts Of Interest In Trump Collusion Case – Signature On FISA App Only The Latest)

Putting all of that aside for the moment, it was quite ironic to hear Comey’s discussion of Rosenstein with Anderson Cooper on Thursday night.

I think people like that, like Rod Rosenstein, who are people of accomplishment but not real sterling character, strong character, find themselves trapped. And then they start telling themselves a story to justify their being trapped which is, ‘Yeah, he’s awful but the country needs me.’

Comey also told Cooper that Rosenstein was “very bright, but not strong enough.”

The disgraced former FBI Director also disparaged Attorney General William Barr. He said, “He’s an accomplished and very smart person and who had nothing to lose in taking this job. But his reputation — it doesn’t make me happy to say this, but I think he has lost most of his reputation with the way he has conducted himself.” He added that Barr “continues to talk as if he’s the President’s lawyer.”

These remarks come on the heels of Comey’s op-ed in the New York Times last week in which he suggested, referring to Rosenstein and Barr, that proximity to “amoral leaders has a way of revealing the character of those around them. Accomplished people lacking inner strength can’t resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump and that adds up to something they will never recover from.”

Comey fails to see that he has just described his own fall from grace.

Many readers are familiar with the March 2004 Hospital Showdown story.

Then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, suffering from pancreatitis, was in grave condition at a Washington hospital and had appointed then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey as Acting AG during his absence. Robert Mueller was the FBI Director at the time.

Meanwhile, the Bush administration was seeking reauthorization of it’s warrantless domestic surveillance program, codenamed “Stellar Wind.” The National Security Agency (NSA) program was approved by President Bush in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and had recently been “revealed by Thomas Tamm to the New York Times.”

Both Comey and Mueller believed that spying on Americans was illegal and wrong. When they heard that then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales was on his way to the hospital to obtain John Ashcroft’s authorization for the program, Comey rushed to the hospital as well. Comey threatened to resign and Ashcroft supported him.

When Bush reauthorized the program anyway, despite the Justice Department’s conclusion that it was unlawful, Comey (again) threatened to resign—with Ashcroft, FBI director Robert Mueller, and other top officials reportedly ready to join him. Bush ultimately backed down, and the troublesome component was briefly suspended until it could be renewed under a different legal authority.

In 2004, Comey was willing to walk away from his job for what he believed in. Whether you agree with his position on the program or not, that was rather impressive.

Fast forward to 2016. Suddenly, spying on Americans was okay, if it meant defeating candidate Donald Trump. So was the exoneration of Hillary Clinton even if she had mishandled classified information and destroyed evidence which had been under subpoena, crimes that would cost ordinary Americans several years in prison.

Perhaps the proximity to the Clintons just ate up his soul in small bites.

So, what was it you were saying about lacking the inner strength to resist compromises Mr. Comey?

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Republicans Scoff at Don Jr. Subpoena While Democrats Suggest Prison Time

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I posted yesterday about the Senate Intelligence committee subpoenaing Donald Trump Jr. for reasons that aren’t clear to anyone. This is especially perplexing because noted squish Republican Sen. Richard Burr is the chairman. He’s already talked to Don Jr. for 9 hours and told him he wouldn’t have to come back.

What’s changed? What new evidence has sprung forth that overrides to the conclusions in the Mueller report, requiring yet more testimony? Speculatively, this has liberal Sen. Mark Warner’s name written all over it. Burr has always been a sucker for Senate decorum and bi-partisanship. Democrats would of course never capitulate in this way if the shoe was on the other foot.

Republicans are starting to react and they aren’t too happy about it.

Weak is a good way to describe this.

The irony is that Burr, despite being extremely accommodating to the other side, has been relentlessly savaged by the press and Democrats over his handling of the investigation. He was maligned as a hack for briefing the White House on his on the matter just last year. When Burr correctly noted that they had found no evidence of a Trump-Russia conspiracy, he was challenged by Mark Warner directly.

You’d think Burr wouldn’t be keen to keep indulging this nonsense but you’d apparently be wrong.

Sen. Lindsey Graham had this to say.

This is the right answer, at least for Don Jr. personally. Noway should he reappear before a committee he’s already spoken nine hours to. The only reason Democrats want him back is to try to catch him in a perjury trap based on his previous testimony. There will be no new information provided because we already know everything. The idea that the Senate Intel committee has figured something out that Mueller didn’t is laughable.

Meanwhile, Democrats are talking about sending Don Jr. to prison because they apparently have a fetish for jailing political opponents now.

Hopefully, by stark warning this ABC reporter actually means unhinged nonsense. When Hillary associates defied subpoenas during 2016, did Blumenthal ever call for prison time? Of course he didn’t.

We also got this hilarious shot and chaser from resident “conservative” at the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin.

You see, now it’s cool to demand jail time for your political opponents. Doing so back in 2016 toward Hillary in regards to actual criminal activity? Well, that was completely out of bounds. Consistency isn’t their thing.

I don’t know where this is going to go. Don Jr. can’t just ignore the subpoena because he doesn’t qualify for executive privilege like Don McGahn does. What he can do is challenge it legally or plead the 5th. If he can produce proof that the Senate did tell him he wouldn’t have to come back, that might also be valuable.

No matter what, noway would I reappear without a fight.

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It’s Gonna Be LIT: Bernie Sanders And 17 Others Qualify For First Democratic Debate

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I want you to read something. Just… look at this tweet, and notice how you can’t help but smile.

I hope the Democrats are so eager to show the alternatives to President Donald Trump that they put all 18 on that stage. They gave their candidates two specific qualifications for making the stage in the first debate: they need at least 1% support in 3 polls from a pre-approved list of pollsters and they need campaign contributions from 65,000 unique donors, including 200 donors from 20 different states. The following 18 of 22 candidates officially qualify now:

Candidates who have qualified with 1% or more in at least 3 qualifying polls and who have 65,000 or more unique donors:

Candidates who have qualified with 1% or more in at least 3 qualifying polls:

Candidates who have qualified with 65,000 or more unique donors:

Candidates who have not yet qualified:

At this rate, the first Democratic debate is going to be nothing short of lit, a slang term used by the youth of America to express how fun and exciting something is or will be. And, folks, this debate will be the definition of “lit.”

What makes this so beautiful is that the Democrats can’t go back and change the rules. If they do, they will look just as bad as they did when they screwed Bernie Sanders in 2016. They cannot afford that egg on their face again, because to do so would mean something worse than just keeping Sanders from winning. It would likely exempt a woman and/or person of color from getting onto the debate stage.

The Democratic Party cannot afford that. They have bought so heavily into identity politics, victimhood, and portraying themselves as champions of women and people of color that if they were to make sure, say, Beto got onto the stage and a woman like Marianne Williamson did not, they would have to contend with an already frothing base.

It’s not something they want to deal with. So, they can’t change the rules. Every single person who qualifies will have to be allowed onto the stage. Right now, that’s 18 different candidates, many of whom are openly espousing ideas they think will win but will scare the hell out of America’s moderate voter base. There is a reason that party leaders are privately cursing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez while openly smiling and standing beside her. They know that what she represents, those same ideas that scare moderates, are the ones they want to introduce after they win the White House and take back the Senate. Embracing those ideas now scares away voters who might otherwise view Trump with skepticism and be open to voting for a Democrat.

But that’s not what many of these 18 candidates are doing. They are misreading the midterm elections and they are going to regret it. When your party’s candidates are motivated by the loud, frothing few instead of the desires of the silent majority, they will screw up.

As it stands right now, this only goes to help Trump. The Democrats aren’t unified, and 18 candidates on one stage will just be a ton of far-left noise. No one is going to see the appeal in that, and what’s worse is that, as it stands right now, you have to make the debate about four hours long just to accommodate all that noise.

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Student Government at Christian College in Texas Votes to Oust Chick-fil-A from Campus

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The latest battle in the Great Chicken Sandwich Culture War is being fought at Trinity University, a private liberal arts university in San Antonio, Texas. Trinity’s Student Government Association (SGA) voted unanimously to approve a resolution calling for the administration to ban Chick-fil-A from the college food court concessions.

Chick-fil-A does not have a permanent location on the Trinity campus, but is currently included as part of a rotation of offerings from a variety of chain restaurants in the food court. Typically, Chick-fil-A would be available once every two weeks, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

The resolution passed by the SGA stated that “Trinity’s values of diversity and inclusion and Chick-fil-a’s values regarding the LGBT+ community are mutually exclusive…Trinity is a university that emphasizes its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Having Chick-fil-a in the rotation at [the food court] conflicts with those values.”

Listed among the SGA’s grievances with Chick-fil-A were the company’s donations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The resolution is non-binding but is a way that the SGA communicates recommendations to the university administration, which has the legal power to negotiate the food court contracts with vendors like Chick-fil-A.

Not all students agreed with the SGA, however. Trinity’s chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas (an alternative to College Republicans active on many Texas college campuses, often viewed as more traditionally conservative than CRs) spoke out against the resolution and had a social event at an off-campus Chick-fil-A location.

YCT President Isaiah Mitchell noted that Trinity is a private institution and “well within their rights” to kick the chicken purveyors off their campus if they so chose, but disputed the accusation that Chick-fil-A harms LGBT people, drawing a distinction between “[lobbying] against the political goals of the LGBTQ left” and “actually harming” people.

Another campus leader, Zoe Brigman, who is the president of a campus LGBT organization, told the Express-News “there isn’t much of a general consensus” among her members about Chick-fil-A and whether they should be at Trinity.

Part of the reason there may not be a “general consensus” among LGBT Trinity students against Chick-fil-A is that, like previous efforts to boycott or ban the restaurant, there aren’t any examples of the restaurant discriminating against employees or customers based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other category.

To the contrary, Chick-fil-A’s efficient and friendly service is an established part of their brand. One of the videos that went viral during the original attempts at protests after the late CEO S. Truett Cathy voiced his support for traditional marriage featured a man ordering only water (an item offered for free, so a loss for the restaurant in the amount of the cost of the water, cup, straw, and lid), yelling rudely at the drive-thru cashier about Cathy’s comments…and from the Chick-fil-A cashier, getting a polite apology and his free cup of water in response.

There is added irony for students at Trinity University — a supposedly Christian university — to be attacking a company for donating to Christian organizations like the Fellowship for Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army. Both of those organizations promote traditional Christian values, including a traditional view of marriage, but are hardly active in the political debate on that issue. Where they are active is supporting a significant amount of charitable work, including toy drives for poor children and support services for veterans and homeless people. It strikes me as an odd take for a college founded on Christian values to be offended at donating to those Salvation Army bell ringers, but perhaps it is a more accurate reflection of where Trinity is today.

Trinity was originally founded by the Presbyterian Church, but looking at their website today, it was difficult to find any evidence of their Christian roots or promotion of Christian values. In fact, I could not find the word “Christian” anywhere on the home page or on the subpages discussing the university’s founding, history, and values.

The closest I could find was this one sentence:

“Founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1869, Trinity values learning, faith, service, and connection to others, honoring the dignity and worth of every person. Our institutional values include Discovery, Excellence, Impact, The Individual, and Community.”

It is not yet clear what the Trinity administration will do in response to the SGA resolution. But if the students decide to kick the delicious chicken sandwiches off campus, it is not going to hurt the company financially.

To date, all efforts to boycott or ban Chick-fil-A have been wildly unsuccessful. Individual locations may be shut down or prohibited from opening, but Chick-fil-A’s profits continue to soar. In fact, the company has reported sales growth every year since its founding in 1946 and has established itself as the most profitable fast-food chain restaurant in America on a per-location basis, even though it is the only major chain that is closed every Sunday, and does not have the late night drive-through hours that McDonald’s and others offer.

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OOOPS. Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept Burns Another Leaker

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A little earlier today, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia announced that yet another person has been indicted for leaking classified information to a media outlet. The guy involved, Daniel Hale, is a former Air Force analyst who later worked as a contractor for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). This is from the indictment:

According to allegations in the indictment, beginning in April 2013, while enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and assigned to the NSA, Hale began communicating with a reporter. Hale met with the reporter in person on multiple occasions, and, at times, communicated with the reporter via an encrypted messaging platform. Then, in February 2014, while working as a cleared defense contractor at NGA, Hale printed six classified documents unrelated to his work at NGA and soon after exchanged a series of messages with the reporter. Each of the six documents printed were later published by the reporter’s news outlet.

According to allegations in the indictment, while employed as a cleared defense contractor for NGA, Hale printed from his Top Secret computer 36 documents, including 23 documents unrelated to his work at NGA. Of the 23 documents unrelated to his work at NGA, Hale provided at least 17 to the reporter and/or the reporter’s online news outlet, which published the documents in whole or in part. Eleven of the published documents were marked as Top Secret or Secret.

According to allegations in the indictment, in August 2014, Hale’s cell phone contact list included contact information for the reporter, and he possessed two thumb drives. One thumb drive contained a page marked “SECRET” from a classified document that Hale had printed in February 2014 and had attempted to delete from the thumb drive. The other thumb drive contained Tor software and the Tails operating system, which were recommended by the reporter’s online news outlet in an article published on its website regarding how to anonymously “leak” documents.

Met with a report, you say? You mean like this?

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That image is the reporter, The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill, seated on the left, and the guy contemplating the prison shower room there on the right is Daniel Hale.

What makes this case interesting is that Hale’s home was searched by the FBI back in 2014 and he appeared in a film that used the information he leaked in 2016:

In October 2015, The Intercept published a “cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia.” The media organization said the documents were provided by a whistleblower and offered “unprecedented glimpse into Obama’s drone wars.” They were called “The Drone Papers.”

The Intercept granted “the source’s request for anonymity because the materials are classified and because the U.S. government has engaged in aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers.”

Hale also appeared in the 2016 documentary, “National Bird.” He wore a pin supporting U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning and was following CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling’s prosecution. The FBI raided his home on August 8, 2014, while the film was in production. He reached out to attorney Jesselyn Radack for legal assistance.

This makes three leakers that The Intercept has burned to the ground because their staff is just too stupid to manage confidential sources. The other two are the improbably named Reality Winner and former FBI agent and current federal inmate Terry Albury.

There are two other interesting points here.

Why did it take five years to indict this guy? That’s sort of a rhetorical question. The Obama administration never cared about anti-American leaks to leftwing media, they were only concerned about leaks about Benghazi and Fast and Furious.

The second item is more interesting. Julian Assange was indicted for giving advice to the Manning creature on how to possibly acquire classified information. According to charging documents, Scahill did the same thing.

Will Justice go after him and, if not, why not?

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You Won’t Believe What Happened When Attorney General Bill Barr Went to The White House Cabinet Meeting

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On Wednesday, Attorney General Bill Barr formally ignored an illegal subpoena from House Judiciary Committee to produce an unredacted copy of the Mueller report. For reasons known only to Mueller and his merry band of Democrat partisans, they decided to quote grand jury testimony in the report and, by law, grand jury testimony cannot be released for any reason and is only available to the House Judiciary Committee as part of an impeachment proceeding. Like the bullsh** obstruction inquiry and dereliction of duty in making a finding, this has the smell of another Mueller…or Weissmann…stinkbomb deliberately planted to make Barr’s life as interesting as possible.

As it turns out, Wednesday was also the day of a cabinet meeting at the White House. When Barr entered the room, everyone was ready for him:

It seems that the Democrats are intent upon fighting 2020 on this ground. As we saw during the Obama years, when this kind of a fight happens it rarely works out well for the Congressional side. Where the White House is united…and the White House has a solid support among its base on this…the House Democrats don’t have a clear communications strategy or even clear plan about what they want to do. There are the voices of House Republicans to muddy the water and the Senate isn’t going to help the Democrats…except for the feckless Richard Burr. In this kind of fight, Trump is definitely the guy to bet on because he’s never happier than he is when locked in mortal combat with a foe and all the cameras are on him.

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Cubs Fan Gets Lifetime Ban for Using “OK” Hand Gesture

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In today’s episode of “the most absurd thing you’ll read today,” a Chicago Cubs fan received a lifetime an for supposedly flashing a “white power” symbol while a camera was on him.

Yes, MSNBC actually blurred it out. This is where our society is at.

Clay Travis, a personality on Fox Sports, roasted the Cubs for the decision.

We don’t know exactly what the motivations of the fan were here — so far he hasn’t been identified publicly — so it could be he wanted to play the make you look at the circle game — which is accompanied by a shoulder punch when you look — if you don’t know what this is, ask any man between the ages of 12 and 60 and he’s probably familiar with it — or it’s also possible this fan was mocking the media via an Internet meme that has gone viral over the past couple of years.

It’s also possible that he had friends at home and he was just, you know, letting them know that his seats were a-okay.

The point is we don’t know for sure, but what we do know for sure is the okay hand gesture, and this is significant, ISN’T RACIST AT ALL, it’s an internet meme designed to mock false accusations of racism.

It feels stupid to even have to analyze this, but given the way he’s making the sign, it looks more like he’s playing the circle game. As Travis points out, if you are a man born after the Kennedy administration, you probably know exactly what that is. The meme involving the OK sign as a white supremacist sign is predicated on it being held upward to spell out a W and P. Here, it’s held upside down and below the waste, which is exactly what the circle game is (you then get to punch someone in the shoulder if they look at the sign).

The idea that this fan, in Chicago, is flashing a white power symbol is the least likely (and stupidest) assumption to make.

And we won’t ever really know because the Cubs refuses to even talk to the fan to get his side of the story.

Travis then gets to the laughable hypocrisy of standards the Cubs have.

You might remember that Addison Russell was suspended forty games for beating his girlfriend.

So the Cubs are fine with employing a baseball player — and paying him millions of dollars — despite the fact that he beat a woman, but they draw the line at Internet prank hand gestures from fans?

I mean, is this real life?

I’d love to hear Theo Epstein explain why an Internet meme hand gesture designed to mock the stupidity of the media in this country was “truly disgusting” and “gave him shivers” and was “egregious and unacceptable… there’s no place for that in society, in baseball, and Wrigley Field,” but yet employing a wife beater and paying him millions of dollars is perfectly fine?

The Cubs employ a wife beater but playing the circle game is a bridge too far. Good stuff.

Did I already use the word absurd in this article? I try not to repeat terms, but come on, this is absurd. I hope the Cubs get some serious blow back for this.

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Ghostwriter for ‘The Art of the Deal’ Suggests it Should Go Out of Print or be Retitled ‘The Sociopath’

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Everyone knows Trump’s the Artist of the Deal (here and here). Except, maybe, for the guy who wrote The Art of the Deal.

The famous instructional by President Trump was ghostwritten by a man named Tony Schwartz, and — to put it mildly — he’s never come out explicitly in favor of a Trump presidency.

It should be no surprise, then, that he seems to suggest the book should be put out of production.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Tony referenced a recent article by The New York Times indicating a whole lotta money lost by the Prez during a decade or so of megadealin’:

“Given the Times report on Trump’s staggering losses, I’d be fine if Random House simply took the book out of print. Or recategorized it as fiction.”

The Times claimed The Donald took a hit to the tune of $1.17 billion, which disabled him from paying taxes until 2005.

Here’s more from TNYT:

By the time his master-of-the-universe memoir Trump: The Art of the Deal hit bookstores in 1987, Donald Trump was already in deep financial distress, losing tens of millions of dollars on troubled business deals, according to previously unrevealed figures from his federal income tax returns. Trump was propelled to the presidency, in part, by a self-spun narrative of business success and of setbacks triumphantly overcome. He has attributed his first run of reversals and bankruptcies to the recession that took hold in 1990. But 10 years of tax information obtained by The New York Times paints a different, and far bleaker, picture of his deal-making abilities and financial condition.

Trump defended himself from the Times in a tweet:

“Real estate developers in the 1980’s & 1990’s, more than 30 years ago, were entitled to massive write-offs and depreciation which would, if one was actively building, show losses and tax losses in almost all cases. Much was non-monetary. Sometimes considered ‘tax shelter. You would get it by building, or even buying. You always wanted to show losses for tax purposes … almost all real estate developers did – and often re-negotiate with banks, it was sport. Additionally, the very old information put out is a highly inaccurate Fake News hit job!”

The Art of the Deal sat on the Times best-seller list for 51 weeks.

Schwartz said it should be retitled The Sociopath.

Yeah — he’s definitely not a MAGA kinda guy.

Being that I’m not myself a billionaire, I don’t wanna speak out of turn; but from what I’ve observed, great loss in big business isn’t uncommon. It’s not about how much you lose; it’s about how much you’ve got in the end, compared to how much you had at the start. And given that measurement, crown Donald J. Trump Artist and King.

-Alex

 

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