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If Donald Trump Is A Con Man, The Media Are The Biggest Marks In History

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The New York Times is running a story that shows President Donald Trump lost nearly a billion dollars in failed businesses over the course of a decade. As expected, many in the media are out in force, noting that it is more proof that Trump is a con man and a liar.

The stories of Trump’s failed businesses are stories that were run at many right-leaning outlets back in 2016 – including here at RedState – and would not be new to the media if they had covered Trump honestly back then.

It is funny, truly funny, to see many of the same people who gave Trump enormous coverage in the primaries and paved the way for his nomination call him a con man acting like a wealthy mogul in order to increase his own popularity and social value. Essentially, they are outing themselves as the people who fell for his con in the primaries.

Anyone who paid attention in 2016 knew the stories of Trump’s failures in the business world. They already knew about the string of failed experiments Trump attached his name to. The media had access to these stories, but instead gave countless hours of TV coverage, inches of print coverage, and thousands upon thousands of tweets about his crowd sizes, his audiences, his message, and everything else about his campaign. They gave him millions in unpaid advertising in their new programs, papers, magazines, and websites, and they now have the audacity to point out that Trump is a “con man” who has failed at every business venture he’s attempted.

You know what he hasn’t failed at? He hasn’t failed at conning the media into giving him free airtime. He hasn’t failed at making them oppose him so vigorously that his conflicting messaging, questionable statements, and outright lies don’t penetrate to the American public. He gets them to constantly lose their minds over every little thing even remotely related to his presidency that all people see are crazed media figures lashing out.

Despite all their negative coverage, Trump’s favorability isn’t tanking. It’s low, but it’s steady, and even showing signs of increasing. The economy is doing much better because of his regulatory rollback, and jobs are being created at a much faster rate than the Obama Administration could have ever dreamed of inspiring. Americans saw smaller tax bills (or bigger tax returns) in April and instantly knew what happened.

That isn’t a con. That isn’t a lie. That is what the public sees. For all Trump’s faults, his administration is actually doing a lot of things right. The insane coverage and the speculation over what Trump might or might not do/cause to happen don’t make a difference compared to the results.

So, while the media is busy outing themselves as “victims” of a “con man” and opposing him every step of the way despite being a large reason as to why he’s in office right now, Trump is going to continue doing what he’s been doing, and they are going to fail to understand why they don’t have any affect on that.

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Former White House Counsel Declines to Respond to Jerry Nadler’s Subpoena

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Attorney Donald McGahn leaves the Four Seasons hotel in New York, Thursday, June 9, 2016, after a GOP fundraiser. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Ever since the Mueller report was released and it was revealed that President Trump had ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller (SPOILER ALERT: He didn’t), the House Democrats have been all mouth-frothy and thigh-sweaty to get their hands on various documents that McGahn provided to the Special Counsel. The White House and McGahn have not been all that gung-ho about providing the documents so Fat Jerry Nadler’s committee issued a subpoena. Today, McGahn’s attorney told the committee that he would not be honoring the subpoena.

“The committee seeks to compel Mr. McGahn to produce White House documents the executive branch has directed that he not produce,” Burck wrote in a letter, obtained by POLITICO, to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.).

“Where co-equal branches of government are making contradictory demands on Mr. McGahn concerning the same set of documents, the appropriate response for Mr. McGahn is to maintain the status quo unless and until the committee and the executive branch can reach an accommodation,” Burck added.

At the same time, the White House was telling Nadler, via their directive to McGahn, that he probably shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for the documents to show up:

“The White House records remain legally protected from disclosure under longstanding constitutional principles, because they implicate significant executive branch confidentiality interests and executive privilege,” Cipollone wrote to Burck on Tuesday. “For these reasons, the Acting Chief of Staff to the President, Mick Mulvaney, directs Mr. McGahn not to produce these White House records in response to the committee’s April 22 subpoena.”

What is going to make this much more difficult for Nadler, is that former White House lawyer Ty Cobb structured the access of Mueller’s people to McGahn’s documents as executive branch employees being allowed temporary and limited access to those documents and the White House approved the documents Mueller included in his report. Because the documents were never “produced” or “turned over” as part of a subpoena process, the White House retains control of them.

At some point, Nadler is either going to have to roll the dice and go to court…and probably, in the long run, get his fat, gravy-infused butt handed to him…or he’s going to be a laughing stock. Wait…too late for that.

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BREAKING: NY Times Obtained Trump’s Tax Information For The Years 1985-1994

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The New York Times has obtained a decade of Trump’s tax information from 1985-1994. They did not receive copies of the actual returns, only limited information about them.

Specifically, the newspaper “obtained printouts from his official Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts, with the figures from his federal tax form, the 1040, from someone who had legal access to them.”

This information showed that Trump reported $1.17 billion in business losses over that period.

The Times reported they contacted the White House several weeks ago about this information and a senior official issued the following statement:

The president got massive depreciation and tax shelter because of large-scale construction and subsidized developments. That is why the president has always scoffed at the tax system and said you need to change the tax laws. You can make a large income and not have to pay large amount of taxes.

According to the Times:

On Saturday, after further inquiries from The Times, a lawyer for the president, Charles J. Harder, wrote that the tax information was “demonstrably false,” and that the paper’s statements “about the president’s tax returns and business from 30 years ago are highly inaccurate.” He cited no specific errors, but on Tuesday added that “I.R.S. transcripts, particularly before the days of electronic filing, are notoriously inaccurate” and “would not be able to provide a reasonable picture of any taxpayer’s return.”

A former I.R.S. official said that, “far from being considered unreliable, data used to create such transcripts had undergone quality control for decades and had been used to analyze economic trends and set national policy. In addition, I.R.S. auditors often refer to the transcripts as “handy” summaries of tax returns.”

The article listed the five top takeaways from the financial data which are printed below. Details can be viewed here.

Everyone knows this was a particularly difficult period for Trump financially. News of his financial problems appeared regularly in the New York newspapers throughout those years.

It would be interesting to find out who revealed this financial data to the New York Times.

All in all, this information is a great big nothing burger.

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How the FBI Blatantly Lied About Christopher Steele to the FISA Court

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New information has come out related to how Christopher Steele was presented to the FISA court and it’s not good for the FBI.

This relates to the warrants sought against Carter Page, who turned out to be absolutely none of the things he was accused of being. As we now know, the majority of the evidence presented in those warrants was based on the dumpster fire that is the Steele dossier, which was full of unverified nonsense. It’s actually easier to say what’s true in the dossier than to point out all the falsities. You end up talking a lot less that way. There was no justification for using such a garbage piece of raw intelligence to pursue a FISA warrant against a U.S. citizen.

The Hill has the details of how Steele was falsely described to the FISA judge. This was just given to the DOJ Inspector General this week and more is likely to emerge.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec’s written account of her Oct. 11, 2016, meeting with FBI informant Christopher Steele shows the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded British intelligence operative admitted that his research was political and facing an Election Day deadline.

Why is this important? Because the FBI claimed just ten days later in the Page warrant application that Steele had no knowledge of his money man’s motivations. In other words, the FBI claimed that Steele did not know he was doing political opposition research or that the research was meant to interfere in the election.

“Steele was approached by an identified U.S. person, who indicated that a U.S.-based law firm had hired the identified U.S. person to conduct research regarding (Trump’s) ties to Russia.”

The footnote goes on to say that “the identified U.S. person never advised (Steele) as to the motivation behind the research into (Trump’s) ties to Russia. The FBI speculates that the identified U.S. person was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit (Trump’s) campaign.”

Does anyone see “Clinton” or “DNC” or “opposing presidential campaign” mentioned?

Instead, the footnote is full of weasel words. The FBI “speculates” that he “was likely” looking for information that “could discredit” Trump.

That was a lie by the FBI because Steele had just told them ten days prior that his handlers wanted the dossier information out before the election. He clearly knew the motivation behind the document he was compiling. He knew it was political opposition research and was seeking to get it into the public conscience before voters went to the polls.

Notice that the FBI decides to “speculate” in the most generic of terms instead of just telling the judge what Steele had specifically told them. That does not add up to anything but willfully misleading the court to garner the warrant. While Comey and his crew were pretending to be in the dark, they knew exactly what was going on. They also knew the dossier was completely unverified but chose to present it as the lion’s share of evidence anyway.

Meanwhile, current FBI Director Christopher Wray classified the majority of the document that revealed this information just two weeks ago.

Nonetheless, the FBI is doing its best to keep much of Kavalec’s information secret by retroactively claiming it is classified, even though it was originally marked unclassified in 2016…

…Everything else in the memo was redacted. The FOIA notes contain this explanation for the redactions: “Classified by FBI on 4/25/2019 — Class: SECRET.”

In other words, the FBI under Director Christopher Wray classified the document as “secret” just a few days ago. To add injury to insult, the FBI added this hopeful note: “Declassify on 12/31/2041.” That would be 25 years after the 2016 election.

Now, why would he do that?

Last I checked, lying to a FISA court is a crime. It’s time for the people that perpetrated this to pay the piper.

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WATCH: CNN’s Cuomo and Insane Pro-Abortion Panelist Declare Unborn Babies Aren’t Human

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CNN really delivers the gems sometimes. Last night during Chris Cuomo’s show, we may have gotten one of the greatest “this is CNN” moments we have ever witnessed.

Hosting a panel featuring former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum and Christine Quinn, with Cuomo and Quinn taking the pro-abortion advocacy side of things. The trio began discussing the Georgia “heartbeat bill” passed earlier Tuesday which would effectively ban abortions in most circumstances.

After some back and forth, the panel got onto the subject, Santorum raised the question as to whether or not a baby inside a mother was a human being. Cuomo and Quinn, multiple times, flatly denied that it was human and continued to tell Santorum that he no one getting an abortion is happy about getting one.

As I’ve covered before, that’s a flat-out lie.

Cuomo gave Quinn the last word, and that’s when the pro-abortion advocate made one of the most ridiculous statements ever heard out of CNN.

“When a woman gets pregnant, that is not a human being inside of her. It’s part of her body,” said Quinn.

Ya know, the left likes to claim it’s the party of science, but here we are seeing them proving that they’re more like the party of morbid fantasies. Apparently, the Georgia bill, which describes any baby with a heartbeat in the womb as a person, has really driven the left to take the most extreme opposing side it could.

That side appears to be the side of denying that the baby inside a woman’s womb isn’t even human. This is the picture perfect example of lunacy.

If you would like to see the context in its entirety, you can watch the nearly ten minute back and forth between Santorum and the pro-abortion fantasy squad. I recommend you take the time to watch it because it really highlights how extreme the left has become on the issue.

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Twitter’s Not Just Banning Parodies – They’re Banning Links to a GOP Candidate’s Website

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Over the last week, Twitter’s been purging accounts – almost exclusively of the conservative variety – with alarming frequency. James Woods, an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez parody account, and David Horowitz are among those banned in the last two days.

Jack’s now adding election interference to his repertoire, banning users from posting a link to Los Angeles City Council candidate Brandon Saario’s website just a month before Election Day.

Saario knew that he was facing an uphill battle in getting the word out about his campaign in Democrat-controlled Los Angeles and knew that Twitter, Facebook, and the like weren’t exactly friendly to conservative candidates or causes. But, as everyone who follows or works in politics knows, any serious candidate must have a presence on all of these platforms.

Former State Assembly candidate Roxanne Beckford Hoge sounded the alarm:

Users who tried to click through to Saario’s website from his Twitter profile received a scary message:

Those using Twitter’s desktop site received the following message when attempting to send any tweet containing a link to Saario’s website. Tweets with the same verbiage, but no website link, were allowed to go through.

Here’s one example of verbiage Twitter classified as “might be automated.”

When reached by RedState, Saario said he hadn’t received anything from Twitter notifying him that there could be a problem with the link to his website or with automated posts, or what he could do to rectify the situation. He said the same thing happened about a month ago and after multiple messages to @TwitterSupport the ability to post a link was restored. This time, it’s been 48 hours with no response from Twitter.

There has been no visible response from the California GOP or the Los Angeles County GOP to this issue on social media.

If it’s not okay for bots to interfere in the electoral process, why is it okay for @Jack to systematically silence conservative voices?

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“We Will Only Get Louder”: Pro-Life Rally Planned for Friday in PA, and Matt Walsh Has a Message for Brian Sims

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PA State Rep. Brian Sims (D) outside of a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood. Source: Life News HQ.

My Red State colleague Alex Parker has written about recent incidents involving PA state Rep. Brian Sims (D) engaging in despicable behavior against peaceful pro-lifers at a local Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia.

In one incident, Sims bullied an elderly pro-life woman , demanding her home address, and mocking her Christian faith. In another, he made a video offer to Twitter followers of $100 to dox three teenagers who he harassed as they peacefully prayed outside of the Planned Parenthood.

Because of the relentless backlash that has ensued, Sims, who fancies himself as a one-man wrecking crew in defending far left causes, issued a non-apology apology today on social media. His statement doesn’t really quite cover the fact that he, as a government official, was interfering with American citizens and their right to protest.

In response to Sims’s reprehensible behavior, the Daily Wire‘s Matt Walsh, who frequently writes about pro-life issues, had the idea of organizing a rally at that same Planned Parenthood to counter Sims. The idea, he writes, has taken off:

Last night, I suggested on Twitter that we organize a massive rally at that very same Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia. I thought it would be good to show Sims and everyone else that we are not going to sit back submissively while pro-lifers are abused for speaking out in defense of the unborn. Happily, this rally is now becoming a reality. Minutes after I sent that tweet, a number of pro-life groups reached out to help organize. Several prominent conservative voices expressed their desire to be a part of the effort. Hundreds of people said they would like to attend.

So, at 11 AM this Friday, I will be at that clinic on 1144 Locust St in Philadelphia alongside Abby Johnson, Lila Rose, Graham Allen, and many others. If Sims wants to show up with his camera again, any one of us would be more than happy to engage with him. I know he prefers to target elderly women and teenage girls, but now he’ll have the opportunity to pick on someone his own size. The lesson here is simple: If you try to intimidate us into silence, we will only get louder. Bullying tactics will achieve the exact opposite of what you intended. That’s the takeaway.

Walsh even encouraged Sims on Twitter to attend the rally with camera in hand:

This ought to be good.

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Maybe FBI Director Christopher Wray Should Ask John Brennan What He Thinks About Spying

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Last week, Attorney General Bill Barr caused explosive diarrhea among Democrats in Congress and the media and with the Never Trumpers when he state baldly and without qualification that in his opinion the Trump campaign had been the subject of spying by various US government agencies…and I believe foreign intelligence services working at the behest of their US partners.

Today, Christopher Wray was testifying before the Senate Apprpriations Committee and New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen asked him about Barr’s comment.

“That’s not the term I would use,” Wray told lawmakers on the Senate Appropriations Committee when asked if FBI agents engage in “spying” when they follow FBI policies and procedures. “Lots of people have different colloquial phrases. I believe that the FBI is engaged in investigative activity, and part of investigative activity includes surveillance activity of different shapes and sizes, and to me the key question is making sure that it’s done by the book, consistent with our lawful authorities.”

John Brennan, the man must likely to be left standing when the music stops, was asked the same question by Wolf Blitzer:

WOLF BLITZER, CNN: The president praised “The New York Times” for a front page story that there was an undercover FBI investigator who met with a Trump campaign official, George Papadopoulos. The president views this as spying. The attorney general says this is being looked at. Do you think the Justice Department inspector general will find anything inappropriate on the part of the FBI or the U.S. intelligence community as far as this is concerned?

FMR. DNI JAMES CLAPPER: Well, I don’t know. but I will say that using undercover agents is a standard and legitimate technique that is widely used in investigations. That technique has been used to thwart a lot of counterterrorism plots in this country. So I’m sure — I mean, there are protocols and standards for using an agent and I’m sure that’s the case here.

WOLF BLITZER: So you’re saying this was not done lightly?

CLAPPER: No. It is never done lightly.

BLITZER: Was it spying?

JAMES CLAPPER: Well, yeah, I guess it meets the dictionary definition of surveillance or spying, a term I don’t particularly like. It’s not a term of art used by intelligence people. It has a negative connotation of a rogue operation, out of control, not in compliance with the law, and that’s not the case at all.

I find this all a bit bizarre, because it is an article of faith that the FBI “spied” on radical left groups and on Martin Luther King, Jr., during the 1960s operation called “COINTELPRO.” Part of that involved wiretapping King’s conversations on the grounds that he was being controlled by the USSR and planting informants in his organization. This was revisited after 9/11 when the FBI faced…and lost…court challenges to it placing informants within mosques. How placing informants in a radical mosque is less acceptable that attempting to insert informants into the inner circle of a political campaign rather escapes me.

It is also pretty difficult to take Wray’s assertion all that seriously unless we’ve redefined the concept of “legal” as being something that you lied to a court in order to get permission to do. The record clearly shows that the FISA application on Carter Page was fraudulent as none of the allegations made against him were proven and the only logical reason to extend the warrant on Page was to take advantage of the ability to use “two hop” surveillance, that is, the FISA warrant made it legal to intercept communications of anyone Page talked to (one hop) and anyone those people talked to (two hops). See If The Carter Page FISA Affidavits Were False Was The FBI Guilty Of Perjury, to conduct surveillance of most of the Trump campaign. If Andy McCarthy is right, the whole effort to compromise George Papadopoulos was nothing more than a provocation and a way of carrying out a political hit on President Trump. See How The George Papadopoulos Story Was Manufactured To Justify A Hoax Investigation. When one couples that with the role of the FBI in shopping the Steele Dossier around Washington, it is hard to see that as anything other than a tactic to try to damage Trump’s chances for election and then to hamstring him by a special counsel investigation.

I’ve never been a member of the Christopher Wray fan club. He was weak in taking action when he took over. He’s remained weak. There is no evidence that he is anything but weak, and now probably compromised and owned by the FBI bureaucracy. If he can’t see the spying, it’s because of willful blindness, not because of the lack of evidence.

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WEIRD: FBI Translator Arrested After Translating Himself Out Of Terrorism Surveillance Call

An FBI translator was arrested Saturday and charged with seven counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction after he misidentified his own voice on a recording and lied about it to investigators.

The call came through as part of a recorded surveillance tracking the movements of a man believed to have traveled from Northern Virginia to Somalia to join the al Qaeda-linked al Shabab terrorist network.

A criminal indictment unsealed Monday alleges 66 year-old Abdirizak Jaji Raghe Wehelie, who worked with the FBI as “a linguist translating communications captured by court-authorized surveillance,” lied about a December 2012 voicemail he was asked to translate. The voicemail was from “Person A” who is believed to have aided and abetted “Person B,” who is thought to have joined al Shabab.

The kicker? The voicemail from Person A was left on Wehelie’s own mobile phone voicemail, a fact he hid by “misidentifying” his own voice in his report and and officially declaring it the voice of an “unknown male.”

According to the criminal indictment unsealed on Monday, “Person A was suspected of having conspired with and aided and abetted Person B, who traveled to Somalia to join al-Shabaab,” a terrorist organization with links to al Qaeda that has killed hundreds of people in terrorist attacks. The Justice Department said “Person B” was on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list. The individual is believed to be Liban Haji Mohamed, a former Virginia cab driver who left the U.S. to join al Shabab.

Even though he knew it was his own voicemail, the Justice Department alleges Wehelie entered the name into the FBI’s system as an “unknown male” instead. The indictment further reveals that Wehelie had a longtime relationship with Person A, which he attempted to conceal from the FBI.

Wehelie, who was in court Monday, is free on bond but faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.

Wehelie initially told investigators he did not know Person A very well, but Justice Department documents show “‘179 unique telephone contacts’ between the two of them between July 2010 and September 2017.” Wehelie was also seen at Person A’s store and cafe several times. He finally revealed to investigators he has sustained a long-term friendship with Person A’s father.

Wehelie may have an uphill climb if he’s searching for leniency due to his longstanding family friendship with Person A. Wehelie’s own son was sentenced to 10 years in prison for felony weapons charges in 2017 related to statements he made to undercover agents about his desire to join the Islamic State abroad.

He and his sister were both placed on the no-fly list in 2010 after trips out of the country.

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SO WOKE: Alyssa Milano Calls For BOYCOTT On Chicken Nuggets.

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Do they not like anything that middle America loves in Hollywood?

Our favorite actress on the left coast, Alyssa Milano, who is a shoo-in to play Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the eventual biopic of A.O.C., is tweeting her crazy wacky ideas again. She is aiming her mighty twitter following at fast-food chain Wendy’s because their chicken nuggets support rape or something.

According to the Pluralist this is what the A.O.C. Hollywood version had to say…

Feminist actress Alyssa Milano responded Monday to news that fast-food restaurant Wendy’s would be bringing back its crowd-pleasing spicy chicken nuggets by accusing the company of “refusing to protect farmworker women from sexual assault & rape in the fields.”

Grammy-winning musician Chance the Rapper campaigned for the return of spicy chicken nuggets to Wendy’s menu in a Sunday tweet. Wendy’s pledged to make the dreams of fast-food lovers everywhere come true if a tweet the company made in reply to Chance received more than 2 million likes.

She tweeted this at “Chance The Rapper” and chastised him for wanting rape nuggets.

.@chancetherapper did you know @Wendys is the only fast food chain refusing to protect farmworker women from sexual assault & rape in the fields? Message for the people in charge: Instead of spicy nuggets, we want food that is harvested w/ dignity NOT violence. #BoycottWendys

Alyssa “might” have gotten her info on this from a Think Progress piece from March of 2018 that took Wendys to task for essentially not joining a coalition to protect workers. While workers organizing is fine, stretching this out and say that if you don’t join X workers will be killed, raped or whatever bad thing you can think of is over the top.

Rape and sexual assault are serious issues and must be dealt with in a professional manner. A coalition or union cannot protect you from a predator attacking you or harassing you. That is a legal matter and must be dealt with in conjunction with the legal authorities and we need to make sure and encourage that happens anytime any issue arises.

When you just blindly yell RAPE because you feel something happened and you wanna make cheap political points about delicious chicken nuggets, you do what West Coast A.O.C. did here. Tweet and not think about what you are saying because the P.C. gods must be pacified.

If you want to make a difference then help these workers organize without yelling that Wendy’s supports rape. That is just pure nonsense on Milano’s part and she is not helping anyone who is a victim of sexual harassment or rape with this.

Now, excuse me while I go to Wendy’s and get some of that chili with extra spice.

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