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Trump Administration Takes Action Against Hospital That Forced a Catholic Nurse to Assist in an Abortion

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Roger Severino, director of the Office for Civil Rights, poses for a portrait, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at the office of Health and Human Services in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The HHS civil rights office has sent a notice of violation to the University of Vermont Medical Center for pressuring a Catholic nurse to assist in an elective abortion.

In 2017, the hospital started performing elective abortions. I’m not really sure of the reason but one can’t help but notice that they chose to do this even as abortion rates were declining and think that 2017-butthurt-over-Clinton-OrangeManBad played a significant role in the decision. When the decision was announced several staff members told their supervisors that the were not good in participating in infanticide and, under the provision of the Church Amendments, federal laws enacted in the 1970s that states that employees in facilities that receive federal funds do not have to participate in abortions.

This case came about when a Catholic nurse was called in to assist in what she was told was a gynecological procedure.

According to HHS’s investigation, the nurse was told she would be treating a patient who had experienced a miscarriage. When she walked into the procedure room, the doctor allegedly said to her, “Don’t hate me.” The nurse asked for a replacement, but was allegedly told no. The abortion was not an emergency procedure, but an elective one. Fearing losing her job, the nurse relented.

“This should never happen in America. There is room for disagreement on these issues without having to coerce people to choose between a career dedicated to supporting life versus instances or circumstances where they are being forced to take a life,” Roger Severino, head of HHS’s Office of Civil Rights, told reporters on Wednesday.

For the record, the left thinks Severino is the devil himself (see here and here) and the next time someone at The Bulwark or one of their fellow travelers tries to claim Trump has done nothing for conservatives, tell them to go screw themselves.

The Washington Post has more details:

Asked whether the case focused on a Vermont hospital because lawmakers there are trying to pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, Severino said that played no role. “If there was ever a violation of the Church amendments that needed to be enforced, it was this one,” he said.

Manion, the Kentucky-based attorney representing the nurse, said a co-worker of hers brought the incident to his attention. He then filed a three-page letter of complaint with HHS’s civil rights office in May 2018. He said the nurse had worked at the hospital for several years and left voluntarily within the past year, in large part because “she felt the atmosphere over this issue had become toxic.”

Manion said his client was not an antiabortion activist but had placed her name on a list of employees objecting to participating in the procedure. The day of the incident, he said, the nurse had scrubbed in and, when she learned the doctor was performing an abortion, was reluctant to leave, fearing that abandoning a patient could jeopardize her license. She asked whether a co-worker could replace her, Manion said, and was told that could not happen.

(Read the Notice of Violation.)

The hospital has 30 days to bring its rules into compliance with federal regulations or risk losing all federal funding for its operations. The Post says it amounts to $1.6 million for patient care over three years. I find it doubtful that a teaching hospital has only that amount of money as research grants to faculty at the hospital would also be up for grabs. According to the hospital’s chief medical officer, they are afraid that HHS will claw-back money already paid to the hospital and HHS can just f*** right off.

“They threatened to take back $1.6 million for services, but we won’t be blackmailed into changing our policy,” Dr. Stephen Leffler said. “Our hope is they don’t take the dollars back. It will harm other people who have nothing to do with this.”

Leffler said he was unable to say exactly what the federal funds are used for, but that they go to patient services.

The hospital’s current policy, Leffler said, is that employees can opt out of procedures for religious or moral reasons, but that they may be required to participate anyway if a critical situation arises, such as a mass trauma.

This statement shows just how little conscience protection means without an administration that is willing to go to bat for the little guy. By letting the hospital define “a critical situation,” all medical personnel must either participate or stand to lose their medical license. The CMO’s screw-you attitude needs to be beaten out of him in court and the American Center for Law and Justice, which is representing the nurse, is just the outfit to administer that legal ass-whipping.

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The DNC Passes a Resolution Championing Its Largest Religious Group – and It Isn’t Who You Might Think

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According to the Secular Coalition for America as reported by Fox News, on Saturday, the Democratic National Committee passed a summer meeting resolution celebrating its “largest religious group.”

The esteemed faction also happens be in possession of tremendous “ethical soundness.”

Good goin’.

So what’s the religion? Christianity? Islam? Judaism?

Nope — remember that “ethical soundness” part?

In fact, the touted congregation is…subscribed to no religion at all.

Otherwise known as “religiously unaffiliated.”

The DNC wanted to recognize those outside the confines of organized religion with a championing declaration.

By contrast, Dems made a point to announce the crappiness of religion:

Those most loudly claiming that morals, values, and patriotism must be defined by their particular religious views have used those religious views, with misplaced claims of ‘religious liberty,’ to justify public policy that has threatened the civil rights and liberties of many Americans, including but not limited to the LGBT community, women, and ethnic and religious/nonreligious minorities.

See what y’all do?!

Democrats aren’t like y’all. In fact, as per the document, they’re “an inclusive organization that recognizes that morals values, and patriotism are not unique to any particular religion, and are not necessarily reliant on having a religious worldview at all.”

This isn’t the DNC’s first bat at batting all you batty religious nuts. Chair Tom Perez previously observed the following at a Demand Justice event:

“[W]e all have to make sure that we’re fluent in what’s happening across our ecosystem so we can come to each other’s defense because we need to build a bigger orchestra. They’ve had a big orchestra for some time and they’ve got the megaphones to amplify it, whether it’s Sinclair at the local level or Fox at the national level.

“I’ve learned this from the outreach we’ve done at the DNC. Why aren’t we penetrating, I ask? And I had someone in northwest Wisconsin tell me: ‘You know what? For most of the people I know, their principle sources of information are Fox News, the NRA newsletter and the pulpit on Sunday.’ And it should come as a surprise to no-one that our message doesn’t penetrate.

“It should come as a surprise to no-one that that person has elevated the issue of courts to the top because that person on the pulpit is saying ‘ignore everything else that this person has done and is doing, we have to focus on one issue of Roe vs. Wade.’ And people buy it. Because that’s their only source.”

As provided by Secular.org, the resolution, in part, states thusly:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE recognizes:

1. The value, ethical soundness, and importance of the religiously unaffiliated demographic, a group of Americans who contribute in innumerable ways to the arts, sciences, medicine, business, law, the military, their communities, the success of the Party and prosperity of the Nation; and
2. That religiously unaffiliated Americans are a group that, as much as any other, advocates for rational public policy based on sound science and universal humanistic values and should be represented, included, and heard by the Party.

The folks at Freedom From Religion Foundation are delighted, as indicated by Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor:

“Freethinkers pack a powerful political punch, and it’s high time that political parties made note of this.”

Were he still alive, it’s likely Saturday’s ethical extravaganza would’ve come as sad news to one of the world’s most famous Democrats: Billy Graham.

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Joe Biden Can’t Remember the Name Of Britain’s Prime Minister As He Brags About His Foreign Policy Expertise

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Earlier today, my colleague Bonchie posted about former vice president Joe Biden manufacturing an anecdote out of whole cloth. It involved a medal he didn’t award in Afghanistan to a man who didn’t exist for a deed done by another. (Read the whole thing.)

Bonchie is a lot more charitable than I am. When you look at the whole event:

This is how the Washington Post describes it

Joe Biden painted a vivid scene for the 400 people packed into a college meeting hall. A four-star general had asked the then-vice president to travel to Konar province in Afghanistan, a dangerous foray into “godforsaken country” to recognize the remarkable heroism of a Navy captain.

Some told him it was too risky, but Biden said he brushed off their concerns.

“We can lose a vice president,” he said. “We can’t lose many more of these kids. Not a joke.”

The Navy captain, Biden recalled Friday night, had rappelled down a 60-foot ravine under fire and retrieved the body of an American comrade, carrying him on his back. Now the general wanted Biden to pin a Silver Star on the American hero who, despite his bravery, felt like a failure.

“He said, ‘Sir, I don’t want the damn thing!’ ” Biden said, his jaw clenched and his voice rising to a shout. “ ‘Do not pin it on me, Sir! Please, Sir. Do not do that! He died. He died!’ ”

The room was silent.

“This is the God’s truth,” Biden had said as he told the story. “My word as a Biden.”

Now we have another incident from the same trip.

Joe Biden forgot the prime minister of the United Kingdom’s name after touting his foreign policy knowledge.

“I don’t know the new prime minister of England. He looks like Donald Trump, I know that,” the former vice president said at a town hall hosted by Clinton College. Biden made the comment while answering a question about his foreign policy platform. Biden claimed he was the only Democratic president candidate with relationships with foreign leaders.

Boris Johnson became prime minister on July 24, having previously been foreign secretary, and mayor of London for seven years, among other roles.

This is not like George Bush being quizzed on the name of the prime minister of Dumfucqistan as happened in 2000. This is the prime minister of a major US ally whom Biden has met several times.

My gut feeling is that he’s got a real medical issue. It is, in my opinion, much more likely that Biden has a diminished mental capacity and the stress of the campaign is accelerated his decline. I say that with the same confidence as anyone who has diagnosed President Trump without ever having met him and with more factual basis. Biden has had two brain surgeries to remove aneurysms. This is not like getting a skin tag removed in the GP’s office. The type of aneurysm Biden had is associated with arteriosclerosis. If you want an easy, no mess, no fuss explanation of why Biden thought New Hampshire was Vermont, and why he thought Burlington, IA was Burlington, VT, and why he can appear nearly lucid at other times, the dots are most easily connected by arteriosclerosis.

Like the old story about the British cavalry officer who was so stupid that even the horses had begun to notice, at some point the national media and the Democrat party are going catch on to what’s happening. Biden’s mental impairment is not really a joke considering that he is the front runner to be the Democrat nominee.

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Joe Biden Calls Japan “Xenophobic” In Bizarre Rant

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In the time I publish this, Joe Biden will have committed three to five more gaffes, but we’ll land on a specific one today.

On Wednesday, he was in South Carolina stumping for his presidential campaign and he managed to not only slander a key ally, but then celebrate them for the bad thing he accused them of being. No, it doesn’t make any sense but this is Joe Biden we are talking about.

Joe Biden suggested during a campaign speech that “xenophobia” is keeping Japanese women in the job market.

The 76-year-old Biden, drawing on his time working with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe while vice president, said that because Japan doesn’t allow many foreign workers to come in, women in the country must remain in the workforce.

“You cannot succeed as a country if you leave more than half of your brainpower on the sidelines,” Biden said Wednesday during a speech in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

“Japan is in a position where traditionally women are as well-educated as men, but the tradition was, once they had a child, they were to drop out of the job market,” he continued, noting that the traditional roles have changed under Abe.

“There’s an entire move, because they’re xenophobic — because they don’t want to invite other people from outside their country to come in and make up the workforce — they have fewer workers than they have a need for workers. And so, what they’ve done is they’ve decided to encourage women to stay in the job market,” Biden said.

What in the world is he trying to say? If he believes Japan is xenophobic, then wouldn’t that be something to chastise? Instead, he tacitly lauds it as a positive factor that gets more women into the workforce. I mean, is he making that case that America should curtail immigration so as to get more women into the workforce? If he’s not, then what the heck is the point of this story?

His campaign staffers have to be beating their heads against the wall at this point. It’s getting clearer that much like President Trump, Biden isn’t capable of moderating himself. But unlike President Trump, who’s made a conscious decision in his public comments to just give no hoots, Biden isn’t doing this on purpose. He wants to avoid rocking the boat and he simply can’t. The mental fortitude isn’t there.

Also, I’ll note that if Trump had said this about a major ally, it’d have been national news and he’d have been roundly condemned as destroying alliances. Joe Biden, who is leading the Democratic field and the odds on favorite to win, literally just called an ally xenophobic in public. This is magnitudes worse than Trump slagging some countries in private and the comments being leaked. Oddly enough though, the mainstream media didn’t even report this latest Biden screw up.

If Biden is this gaffe prone now, what’s it going to be like when he’s got Trump breathing down his neck? It will certainly make for some entertaining debates I suppose.

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The Babylon Bee Takes on the Fauxtrage Mob’s Ridiculous War on Comedian Dave Chappelle – and Wins

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In his recent Netflix special “Sticks and Stones“, comedian Dave Chappelle has unleashed hell on cancel culture and fauxtrage mobs, and also turned the tables on liberal arguments when it comes to issues like abortion and President Trump.

Naturally this makes Chappelle Public Enemy Number One to leftists and their outrage army whose sole purpose in life is to find things to be offended about in order to wage social media wars against the offending subject. The idea is to force the object of the mob to shut up or otherwise confirm.

Chappelle has proven over and over again that he’s just not gonna do that.

Because Democrats and so-called progressives have so heavily invested themselves in “identity politics”, under normal circumstances any criticisms of Chappelle would be viewed and called out as “racist” because the comedian is black.

But those rules don’t apply in this case, because Chappelle is doing what fewer and fewer comedians are doing in modern times when it comes to the demands from the left for milquetoast “comedy” and “safe spaces” for minority groups: he’s, in a nutshell, giving them the bird.

With that in mind, the geniuses at the Babylon Bee wrote one of the better takes on liberals and their reactions to Chappelle’s “Sticks and Stones” special:

After some confusion was expressed by casual observers of apparent hypocrisy in their denunciation of Dave Chappelle’s most recent comedy special, liberals from around the country clarified that they only want black voices to be heard when those voices are saying liberal-approved things.

The offended white progressives asked black comedian Dave Chappelle to “keep it down” and “maybe not talk so much” after his comments made them feel uncomfortable, sources confirmed Thursday.

Read the full “report” by clicking on the link below:

Perfect.

Chappelle, whose political affiliation is unknown, has demonstrated that he’ll call both sides to the carpet politically. But because he doesn’t spare the snowflakes on the left from his politically incorrect wrath, he gets treated like a traitor to The CauseWestlake Legal Group 2122 The Babylon Bee Takes on the Fauxtrage Mob’s Ridiculous War on Comedian Dave Chappelle – and Wins republicans Popular Culture Politics political correctness Ohio North Carolina Netflix Hollywood Front Page Stories Front Page Featured Story Featured Post Entertainment donald trump democrats dave chappelle Culture comedy Allow Media Exception Abortion   , as a comedian whose opinions and shows you should ignore because he refuses to march in lockstep with leftist orthodoxy.

Nobody puts Dave Chappelle in a corner, and that includes perpetually fauxfended liberals. Kudos to the Babylon Bee for getting right to the heart of the matter.

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President Trump Trolls Iran…Hard…After One of Their Missiles Explodes

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For the past few years Iran has been trying to parlay its experience manufacturing knockoff North Korean intermediate range ballistic missiles into establish a homegrown satellite program. Iran avows that, just like its nuclear program, it is peaceful and will benefit the human family. Sane people look askance at it and see it as a test bed for developing ICBM technology.

To date, all they’ve done is scatter cheap Iranian hardware over the desolate moonscape that is most of Iran.

Just a couple of days ago, they tried again and achieved pretty much what they had in the past. An explosion. At first they denied it had happened

the commercial imagery seemed to confirm the initial reports

Today, President Trump was hard at work trolling Iran.

Coming on the heels of reports that US Cyber Command shut down the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’s naval arm in retaliation for it shooting down a US drone in international air space:

American military cyber forces in June knocked out a crucial database used by Iran’s elite paramilitary force to target oil tankers and shipping traffic in the Persian Gulf hours after that force shot down a U.S. surveillance drone, according to U.S. officials.

The retaliatory strike by U.S. Cyber Command against the system used by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was approved by President Trump, who that same day called off a military airstrike against Iran because killing Iranians would not be “proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.”

U.S. Cyber Command did not address questions on the secret operation. “As a matter of policy and for operational security, we do not discuss cyberspace operations, intelligence, or planning,” Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said in a statement.

It seems like a lot of people do believe the US was behind the explosion.

https://twitter.com/les_politiques/status/1167527057989033984a

And the legend will grow as not only are the Iranians as susceptible to conspiracy theories of the “hidden hand” as your typical Democrat talking about Rupert Murdoch or the Koch Brothers, the last people who want to admit failure are the management and engineers who can’t seem quite able to do what should be the pretty simple task of replicating 70-year-old technology.

Of course, virtually no story on Trump is complete without something like this:

Just the standard reminder that a) the president has declassification authority and b) the odds of the White House release a classified image without IC approval is basically zero.

Can’t wait for Fat Jerry Nadler to sink his tiny little teeth into this one.

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Canada’s Former Prime Minister is ‘Rooting for a Direct Hit’ of Hurricane Dorian on Mar-a-Lago, as Ugliness Rules the Day

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How’s this for international relations: On Thursday, former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell said she hopes Hurricane Dorian will land a “direct hit” on U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

Good grief.

Dorian was upped to a Category 2 Thursday, as the waters of bad weather keep-a-churnin’.

And there’s bad blood — apparently, between the erstwhile leader of Canada and these United States. Or, at least, its leader.

Isn’t this out of character for our peace-loving neighbors to the north?

To wish Dorian on anyone is quite the statement — it’s poised to reach Category 4 by Monday.

Trump’s sent out a warning to Florida residents that the storm’s gonna be huge:

Kim’s using Twitter, too, just not in a helpful way:

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In case you’re wondering, the doom-wishing politician served as the Maple Leaf’s PM for five months following 1993’s resignation of Brian Mulroney.

Twitter took her twittish tweet to task:

Hateful, indeed.

Not only does her message threaten the welfare of the 62,500 square-foot mansion, but all its staff and guests.

Not to mention the Leader of the Free World — as stated by Fox News, “The president often makes visits to Mar-a-Lago when he’s not in Washington D.C.”

Very ugly, Kim.

We should expect better from world leaders. Including former ones.

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You’ve Gotta See it: Unlike Everyone Else in the Heavily-Armed Robbery, a Fearless Man Stays, Lights a Cigarette (VIDEO)

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How cool are you?

Are you calm in a fire? Chilled in a tornado? Relaxed in a tsunami?

As a movie buff, I find myself constantly incensed by the lack of silver screen realism in tense situations — the bad-to-the-bone dude unshaken by the high stakes of grim death.

But — as reported by NBC 5 — in St. Louis, one man has proven me wrong: it actually can be realistic.

Early Wednesday morning, a middle-aged marauder with a very scary rifle invaded Behrmann’s Tavern, demanding everyone’s money and valuables.

People got down, and I don’t mean disco.

Everybody danced to the tune of fear, except one cool cucumber who wasn’t going to let himself be a victim of crime.

A guy at the end of the bar seemed almost oblivious to the heavily-armed robbery. I say “almost” because the intruder tried to take his phone. And he wouldn’t let him have it. The robber finally gave up.

Then the phenomenal Fonz lit a cigarette — like Dennis Hopper in True Romance.

Eventually, the thief came back around for a second attempt at seizing Mr. Cool’s goods. Again, he refused.

Perhaps inspired by his fellow barfly’s bodacious buzz, one patron got off the floor, took a stool, and fired up a cigarette himself.

You’ve gotta see the video.

You may be cool; but are you this cool?

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-ALEX

 

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Comey Believes An Apology Is Owed; Too Bad Trump Can’t Fire Him Again

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On Oct. 28, 2013, President Barack Obama and James Comey participate in the installation ceremony for Mr. Comey as FBI director at the bureau’s Washington headquarters. PHOTO: CHARLES DHARAPAK/ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

Fired, disgraced former FBI Director James Comey sure has chutzpah. He has mistaken Attorney General William Barr’s decision not to prosecute him for vindication. Following Thursday’s release of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ surprise report which focused specifically on Comey, he feels that an apology is owed. Here is what he had to say:

Far from exonerating Comey, the report found that he had engaged in a great deal of wrongdoing. My colleague, Bonchie, posted the details of Comey’s January 6, 2017 briefing of President-elect Trump, which was “almost certainly a trap” here.

The Washington Examiner’s Byron York explained that “the group’s plan was to spring a scandalous allegation on President-elect Trump, quickly record his reaction, use a prearranged secure videoconference to discuss the information, and fit it all into the FBI’s ongoing (but unknown to Trump) “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation.” Read the whole article.

To me, their behavior sounds treasonous. The group’s actions were premeditated, disingenuous and subversive.

Additionally, the January briefing was not Comey’s only offense. The report discusses his mishandling of classified information, the leaked memos, his frequent leaks of other material and further violations of DOJ and FBI policies. The report says that Comey set “a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees.” It states:

Former Director Comey failed to live up to this responsibility. By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees […] Were current or former FBI employees to follow the former Director’s example and disclose sensitive information in service of their own strongly held personal convictions, the FBI would be unable to dispatch its law enforcement duties properly.

More importantly is that the findings in this report are expected to pale in comparison to what is uncovered by the other two reports we’ve been waiting for. Sean Hannity called Thursday’s report the “tip of the iceberg” which is why the DOJ declined to prosecute.

The reports to follow, the IG’s main report on FISA abuse by the FBI and John Durham’s report on the origin of the Trump/Russia investigation, will provide a treasure trove of information. Hannity said that Comey will be playing a starring role in the FBI’s FISA court application process because he signed off on three of them. He speculated that Comey could be charged with premeditated fraud. Hannity told viewers:

The Durham report will dig into how the government’s powerful tools of intelligence were used and abused against President Trump’s campaign and then President Trump. And also, in fact, whether or not illegal spying occurred, the outsourcing of intelligence gathering to friendly countries like Italy, Great Britain and Australia, all designed to circumvent US laws against spying on Americans without a warrant for the purpose of destroying a duly elected president. That will be a bombshell. James Comey is also implicated in that particular case. We also wait to see what roles James Clapper and John Brennan played in all this.

All of this is to say that the misguided former FBI Director is claiming victory way too soon because it appears that he remains very much in legal jeopardy. The worst is yet to come.

Many in the political world were stunned by Comey’s tone deafness. Here are some of the reactions to his bizarre request for an apology.

The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel: “A curious request given the report’s bottom line was in fact this: “We conclude that Comey’s retention, handling, and dissemination of certain Memos violated Department and FBI policies, and his FBI Employment Agreement.”

Journalist Glenn Greenwald: “Holy shit: the arrogance and self-regard of @Comey is unparalleled. The Inspector General from his own Department just issued a scathing report accusing him of wrongdoing so severe that it “shocked” his own colleagues & he’s demanding apologies instead of expressing contrition.”

Television host and author Dan Bongino: “Comey celebrating a report, which clearly lays out his ethical depravity and disregard for the rules of his employment, is the Comiest Comey thing ever. What a clown this guy is.”

Radio host Buck Sexton: “So James Comey was – it’s official now – a sanctimonious, self-righteous bureaucrat who believed in holding other people to standards that he himself was free to break when he saw fit. This should surprise no one.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH): “Now we know why Comey didn’t want to prosecute Clinton—he didn’t see a problem mishandling sensitive information. After clearing her, he did it too!…Comey, like Clinton, thinks he’s above the law.”

And, of course, President Trump: “Perhaps never in the history of our Country has someone been more thoroughly disgraced and excoriated than James Comey in the just released Inspector General’s Report. He should be ashamed of himself!”

Too bad Trump can’t fire him again.

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We Just Found Out Who’s Been Leaking Trump’s Private Conversations

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President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Washington. Trump returns from a visit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea as well as the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

If you’ve been wondering how so much of what Trump says in the privacy of the Oval Office manages to make its way to The New York Times and other outlets, we might have an answer.

Over the years, we’ve seen more stories than I can keep up with leaked to the press centering on something Trump supposedly said in private. Often they center on harmless, off the cuff statements (such as the “nuke hurricanes” flap) that are then printed to try to embarrass the President. Context, whether something was actually a joke, or whether it’s even being presented truthfully never seems to matter and since everything is anonymous, it can never be countered.

Now, Trump’s most trusted executive assistant has been caught leaking details, not just about happenings in the Oval Office, but also about his family.

Westerhout’s departure followed reports that she had attended an off-the-record dinner with reporters at the president’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, sharing inside information about what went on the Oval Office as well as personal details about the Trump family.

This isn’t something that just happens once. You can bet your savings that she’s being doing this for a very long time. She just happened to get caught this time.

In fact, it’s no surprise that many media members are painting her in a sympathetic light after the resignation. They just lost what was probably their main source into the President’s inner circle. Outlets like Axios and The New York Times have seemingly had a direct line into the Oval Office since Trump was inaugurated. Westerhout may not be the only source, but she appears to be a major one and it explains so much about how the press got ahold of personal comments that only a handful of people would have heard.

Westerhout will now learn a hard lesson, namely that he press didn’t really care about her. I’m sure they flattered her and made her feel special while she had the goods. Now that she’s gone, she’ll be cast aside as worthless. She could have kept her job for decades to come, long after Trump left the White House and now that’s gone. All to get some plaudits from Maggie Haberman and company. I have a feeling she’s regretting that decision.

Perhaps she can earn a bit role on MSNBC for a few months though.

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