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Abby Huntsman on ‘The View’: Trump and Crew’s ‘Campaign of Confusion’ Will Sucker the Careless Dolts Who Support Him

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How might that hideous monstrosity, The Donald, get re-elected?

The View’s Abby Huntsman may be on to the scent of just such a way of wizardry: confusion.

On the show Monday, the talkfesters discussed the emergence of a second whistleblower amid the hubbub of Trump’s alleged extortion via Alexander Graham Bell.

Co-host Sunny Hostin asserted the President’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky regarding the Biden family was likely heard firsthand by whistler #2:

“[The second whistle-blower is very important because that person apparently has firsthand knowledge of the phone call so, that implies that that person was on the call.”

Are people going to care? Abby — who’s from Philadelphia — realizes a Big Apple TV studio ain’t America:

“But here’s what I would say, and I was talking to friends at home, and I realize the way we talk about it in these studios in New York City is oftentimes different than how people are feeling about it. And I’m now convinced he’s probably going to win re-election. I do.”


Luckily for the President, I guess, people are dumb:

“I think that what they’re doing right now is a campaign of confusion which, frankly, they’re very good at doing. I think they are very clever because there’s no way to dig out of this hole. And they know that, so what they’re saying is ‘Let’s try and confuse the American people.’”

And everybody knows how Trump supporters are — they’re knee-jerking to their hatred of them-there medias:

“They will always have, they will always have a forty percent support base. People that can’t stand the media, that can’t stand the liberals, and so if they go out there and the Trump loyals say, ‘Look, this was a joke all along. It was actually Ukraine that interfered in the elections,’ people are going to believe what they want to hear. People will believe what they want to hear.”

Joy Behar added, “They don’t care.”

That’s the reality, Abby noted:

“Look, I find this, I find this serious, but I also think we need to live in reality and where we are, and there are some people that will let this slide.”

Plus, Trump’s super good at sociopathically trickin’ those dipsticks. Joy said it:

“It’s very easy to muddy the waters and obfuscate when you are shameless and a liar.”

For at least some in Congress supporting the President, it’s all about dishonesty and cowardice:

“They’re shameless, and they’re lying. Just watch (Ohio Rep.) Jim Jordan, watch (Wisconsin Sen.) Ron Johnson. These people are shameless. They’re cowards.”

People certainly are confused. Trump isn’t even American, for Pete’s sake:

“They’re sticking behind somebody that they know is unpatriotic, that is not American, and they’re doing it anyway.

So watch out, y’all dummies — the Commander-in-Chief’s idiotic appeal is coming to an empty skull near — or inside — you:

“So go ahead, keep lying and muddy the waters, and see how dumb Americans are. That’s what they’re trying to do.”

Now that you’ve been tipped off, maybe you can avoid being suckered.

So lay back, relax, and smartly welcome President Elizabeth Warren.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article:

Joy Behar Knows: If The Hurricane Had Hit A Country Full Of Only White People, Trump Would Let Them All Come Here

Amid Absolute Absurdity, Thursday’s Debate Spotlighted America As A Shining City Upon A Hill

The Fight Continues: Arnold Schwarzenegger Claims President Trump Is In Love With Him

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Video: Liberal Comedian Teaches Twitter Mob a Lesson After Criticism for Being Friends With President Bush

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Comedian Ellen DeGeneres was at the Green Bay Packers/Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday at the invitation of Charlotte Jones, the daughter of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

During the game, the cameras panned to Jones’ suite and showed DeGeneres seated next to former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush:

Here’s video of them standing for the national anthem:

Predictably, the liberal Twitter fauxtrage mob was incensed that a gay liberal like Ellen DeGeneres would stoop so low as to sit next to a conservative Republican like Bush. Some of the tweets have since been deleted, but Vox’s Aaron Rupar was one of those who said it was a “bad look” for Ellen and her wife Portia de Rossi to sit next to Bush:

Here are some others who were none too pleased with the seating arrangements:

DeGeneres, who has had Bush and some of his family members on her television show in the past, was not interested in playing the shame game. Here’s what she said Monday on her show in response to the haters:

“People were upset,” DeGeneres said. “They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?… A lot of people were mad. And they did what people do when they’re mad… they tweet.”
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“Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have,” DeGeneres continued. “We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different… but just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them.”
[…]
“When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. Doesn’t matter.”

Watch the segment below:

Having the ability to break bread with someone you disagree with politically isn’t the end of the world. In fact, it could lead to changed minds depending on the types of conversations you may have. At the very least, it could lead to the other person at least being able to understand someone’s point of view from a different perspective, even if they still end up disagreeing with it.

In the rough and tumble of politics, there’s nothing wrong with fighting tooth and nail for what you believe. There’s also nothing wrong with being able to share a beer with your political opponents at the end of the day. Because although there are indeed people in positions of power who do not have the best interests of our country at heart, not everyone you disagree with is The Enemy.

That was Ellen’s lesson and though I disagree with her more often than not, I applaud her for pointing this out.

By the way, the Packers won 34-24.

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Minneapolis’s Radical Left Mayor Tries to Shut Down a Trump Campaign Rally

On Thursday, President Trump is due to give a rally in Minneapolis, MN. The venue has a rated capacity of over 19,000 and it is expected to be packed. And there will be another 20,000 slobbering, baying lunatics out in the streets protesting.

A coalition of groups has announced it will be protesting against President Donald Trump’s visit to Minneapolis, Minnesota, as he continues his 2020 re-election campaign.

Members from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Anti-War Committee, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union will hold demonstrate against Trump’s political rally in a protest at the Target Center from 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10.

In a press conference announcing the protest, Kent Mori, spokesman for the Anti-War Committee, encouraged others to join the coalition in order to “protest Trump and his racist policies.”

“The Anti War Committee have been fighting Trump’s provocations since before he was even president, when he came down the escalator and made his first racist announcement about our brothers and sisters across the border in Mexico,” Mori added.

“He clearly signaled what he was going to do vis-à-vis the border wall and the concentration camps at the border with kids in cages.”

Shane Clune, an AFSCME member, said they will be protesting against Trump because he is an “enemy of the unions” and an “enemy of the working class.”

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Just two observations. First, it is ironic that the “Anti-War Committee” would be protesting a guy who has done more to scale back American military interventions abroad than any American president since possibly Dwight Eisenhower. Second, do real people still use the phrase “enemy of the working class” to describe anyone, much less a guy whose economic policies have overwhelmingly benefited the American worker?

But the hirsute, odoriferous mob in the streets is just a minor part of this. The real story is the effort by the Minneapolis mayor to actually stop Trump from holding a rally in that city. In fact, he’s as much as announced that is his intent (h/t to reader @AndrewHClark):

The venue, the Target Center, is owned by the City of Minneapolis but managed under contract by a company called ASM Global. Minneapolis has told ASM Global that if they allow the rally, which, by the way, is already contracted for, then they need to pay Minneapolis $530,000 to compensate the city for “security.”

ASM Global has threatened the Trump campaign with cancelling the event unless the campaign comes up with the money. The campaign is saying bullsh** and that Secret Service is providing security for the venue and the issue is something that the ASM Global and its boss need to work out.

The bottom line here is that a) yes, presidential and candidate events cost cities money and b) there is no legal way that he cities can force campaigns to pay. The reason here is obvious, going back to McCulloch vs. Maryland, it has been recognized that the ability of state and local government to demand taxes and fees from the operations of the federal government in essence gives them the ability to forbid that operation, “the power to tax is the power to destroy” and all. Minneapolis has never, ever demanded this kind of a fee to support any other federal office holder. It is simply trying to grandstand for the Resistance goons and get the Minneapolis mayor invited to be a guest speaker on the next Bulwark or National Review cruise.

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In-N-Out Burger Joins Chick-fil-A as a Company That Openly Celebrates Its Christian Values

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I say “joins,” but In-N-Out Burger hasn’t necessarily been secretive about the fact that it’s a Christian establishment. It has printed John 3: 16 on the bottom of its cups. However, like Chick-fil-A before it, the owner and heiress of the burger chain, Lynsi Snyder, is letting everyone know just how much Christ means to her publicly.

Snyder gave an interview with The Christian Post and divulged that her life was on a downward spiral until she came to Christ, leaving behind drug and alcohol addiction, broken marriages, physical abuse, and more. The burger empire heiress said that she “finally found that the deep need in my heart can only be filled by Jesus and my identity in Him.”

Snyder stressed that, even when you’ve overcome the pains of your past, you still need Christ for the hurdles that are to come according to The Christian Post:

“I have learned so much through my broken relationships along with the ups and downs that come through marriage,” she said. “I’ve been the one to hurt, and I’ve been hurt. I have gained insight and growth through both sides of the coin.”

“Prior to the journey of marriage, it’s so important to seek time and healing with Jesus,” she stressed. “Even if you are blessed to be healed of personal wounds and past relationship baggage, life will still bring hurdles and trials to overcome in your relationship.”

While John 3:16 has been printed on their cups for years, Snyder decided the company should have more Bible verses on its products in order to share more of the messages it has to impart. This now includes Proverbs 24:16 and Luke 6:35.

“It was my uncle Rich who put the Bible verses on the cups and wrappers in the early ‘90s, just before he passed away,” she told the Christian Post. “He had just accepted the Lord and wanted to put that little touch of his faith on our brand. It’s a family business and will always be, and that’s a family touch. In later years, I added verses to the fry boat, coffee, and hot cocoa cups.”

It’s not just the printing of verses on containers that Snyder is satisfied with. She told The Christian Post that she’s also started an organization called “Army of Love,” which helps those who are in emotional need just like she was when her third marriage was falling apart:

“I was calling out to God as my third marriage was failing. I was in a place where I felt I couldn’t do ministry because my own heart and home were a mess,” she recounted. “My husband and I were in constant turmoil. I became desperate for the hope that I could be used by God despite my circumstances.”

While driving through New Orleans one day, Snyder heard Isaiah 61 in her head. The passage reads, in part: “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”

“I knew that I would be a part of a ministry that would unify the body of Christ into soldiers who would reach out to one another and to the lost in the last days,” Snyder said. “Many people attend church, but the pool of discipleship is shallow, so I saw training modules online to disciple people and take them deeper than they may have gone attending church or Bible study.  I envisioned this Army uniting various ministries and supporting churches and organizations.”

Overall, Snyder said she lives her life by the power of Christ and not just with Christ as a thing she turns to from time to time when needed. She gives a great example of her philosophy:

“Picture our lives being a power strip. We plug so many things into the power strip —  work, family, hobbies, and God,” she said. “But that is all wrong. God must be the power strip and everything in our life should be plugged into Him as our power source. He gives us life and then we have His power in everything we do.”

“He shouldn’t be one of the ‘plug-ins’ in our life, but rather we should live plugged into Him and the calling He has for us,” she added.

It’s very brave, especially in this day and age, for any CEO to openly come out and proclaim their love of Christ. However, the backlash that typically follows from doing so is made moot in the face of the support from American Christians. Chick-fil-A has also had its share of backlash and continues to fight battles for its open adherence to scripture, but its support is so wide and far that it’s become the third most successful fast food joint in America.

But the reward isn’t the point. The point is that you feel a wholeness from your reliance and obedience to Christ. Perhaps being wealthy and successful is the plan, but maybe it’s not, but even if it’s not, you’ll feel free of chains as Snyder is trying to point out.

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The NBA, South Park and Communist China: The Very High Price of Fake ‘Free Trade’

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Behold the 21st Century’s diet version of an “international incident”:

Could a Tweet Sink the (National Basketball Association) NBA’s Business Relationships in China? It’s Complicated:

“(A) single tweet from a general manager supporting protesters in Hong Kong could threaten that relationship and affect the way the public here and abroad views the league’s intentions on social issues.

“On Friday, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted an image – since deleted – that read ‘Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.’”

The world comes to a grinding over a single Tweet.  A Tweet – in defense of freedom-seeking protestors in an appendage to the world’s largest Communist country.

You want an international incident?  Thirty-two years ago, Ronald Reagan demanded of the half-the-planet-dominating Communist Soviet Union – standing in front of the the Wall in question:

Tear down this wall.”

Reagan did not subsequently apologize and delete the speech from America’s archives.  He rightly, righteously stood by it – and two years later, the Wall fell.

At stake for Reagan and the planet – were the lives and freedom of literally billions of people.

At stake for the NBA?  Some money a billion-plus pauper Chinese Communism victims – watch their overlords hand billionaire NBA team owners.

As previously described – a Diet International Incident.

These are the types of awfulness we get – when we sacrifice EVERYTHING on the altar of Fake “Free Trade.”

Communist China knows how feckless just about everyone on the planet is.

China’s CCTV, Tencent Pull Plug on NBA Broadcasts Over Hong Kong Row

These aren’t even regular season games.  They’re exhibition games.  “Preseason” games.  Glorified practices.

Nevertheless – the NBA snapped to:

The NBA Chooses China’s Money Over Hong Kong’s Human Rights:

“Daryl Morey is now being forced to apologize because he… supports Democracy?”

Indeed he is.  Because no sacrifice is to great – to maintain the faux veneer of Fake “Free Trade.”

When it comes to choosing between the lives and freedom of 7.4 million Hong Kong citizens – and the TV revenue generated by its exhibition games – the NBA’s choice is rapidly and readily clear.

Please keep in mind:

When NBA personnel bad mouth the United States’ government – the NBA has zero problem with it.

Ten Times LeBron James Stood Up to Donald Trump

Steph Curry Spoke Out and Burned Donald Trump

Gregg Popovich: President Trump Is ‘Soulless Coward’

Steve Kerr Doubles Down on Donald Trump Criticism

But when confronted with, you know, an actual totalitarian government….

Outspoken Warriors Coach Steve Kerr No Comments NBA’s China Controversy

Which brings us to twenty-two-years-and-still-going cartoon show South Park.

China Banned South Park After the Show Made Fun of Chinese Censorship:

“In a case of life imitating art imitating life, the Chinese government has purged all references to South Park from the country’s highly restricted internet – following an episode of the show that criticized Chinese censorship.”

A spectacular line from the episode:

“You gotta lower your ideals of freedom if you want to suck on the warm teat of China.”

Indeed you do.

South Park’s response to Communist China censoring them was…a little more testosterone-infused than was the NBA’s:

“Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts.  We too love money more than freedom and democracy.  Xi doesn’t look just like Winnie the Pooh at all.  Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10pm!  Long live the Great Communist Party pf China!  May this autumn’s sorghum harvest be bountiful!  We good now China?”

Cartoonists going – where millionaire athletes and coaches and their billionaire bosses fear to tread.  Because money.

But let’s not pick on just the NBA.  Some far more serious industries capitulate to Communist China – with far more serious consequences.

How does Communist China purge “all references to South Park from the country’s highly restricted internet” – ???  How does Communist China make its Internet so very restrictive?

Our Big Tech companies – are more than happy to help them do it.  Because money.

Apple Bans Hong Kong Protest Location App:

“Apple has rejected a crowd-sourced app that tracks the location of protesters and police in Hong Kong.

“For some, the app was seen as a way for protesters to stay safe, while others saw it as a way to evade the police.”

You know who saw it as “a way to evade the police?”  The ChiComms.

The Hong Kong protestors are desperate to evade the ChiComm police – because the ChiComm police have been thumping Hong Kong protestors’ skulls.  And much, MUCH worse.

But Apple happily banned the app helping the Hong Kong protestors evade their ChiComm-desired fate.  Because money.

Big Tech leaves no stone unturned – if it means helping Communist China.  Because money.

US Companies Help Censor the Internet in China, Too

Big Tech at large is vociferously anti-US government.  While happily helping the Communist China government.  Because money.

Leftist Big Tech: ‘Communist China? Heck Yes. The US Military? Heck No.’

But let’s not pick on just Big Tech – and big men with small balls.

Americans companies from all sectors of the economy – have to twist themselves into pretzels to appease Communist China.  So as to be granted access to Communist China’s 1+ billion slaves.  I mean “citizens.”

China’s Communists Rewrite the Rules for Foreign Businesses:

“One hammer and sickle at a time, the Communist Party is making its way deeper into everyday Chinese life – and that includes the foreign companies doing business there….

“The party is strengthening its influence – often gaining direct decision-making power – over the international firms doing business in China.”

Because money.

And if you don’t manufacture it in Communist China – Communist China makes it REALLY difficult for you to sell it in Communist China.

What Was Free About Our Trade Relationship With China Before Trump?

Short answer – absolutely nothing:

“The lopsidedness of our trade relationship is not just a function of comparative advantage. It’s a function of a Chinese policy that excludes many categories of American goods from being traded into China at all so it can build its own industries instead.

“That is partly why, even though China buys up so many dollars, it buys so few American goods….

“America’s trade relationship with China has strengthened…a (Communist) government and has put it into a position to sell strategic technology to our allies and quiet our humanitarian objections to their persecution of Muslims and to crackdowns on Hongkongers.

“Overall, I’d say this ‘free-trading relationship’ is getting quite costly. Wouldn’t you?”

Indeed I would.

ALL of this – is a lot of things.  A lot of really, REALLY awful things.

What this absolutely is NOT – is actual free trade.

It is Fake “Free Trade.”

It is quite nauseating – the lengths people are going to defend this heinous hegemony.

Because money.

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Blizzard Entertainment Suspends Player from Championships After He Voices Support for Hong Kong Protests

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If you grew up playing games like World of Warcraft or Diablo, or have even enjoyed more recent games like Overwatch or Hearthstone, then you’ve been playing Blizzard games.

But Blizzard has apparently sunk down to the level of appeasing China like many other American businesses have done, and suspended a player from their Hearthstone championships after the player had conducted a post-victory interview wearing goggles and a gas mask, which has become something of a symbol for the Hong Kong protests.

The player also said “Libertate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!”

In response, Blizzard suspended the player for a month and removed any prize money he may have accumulated in the process. Blizzard posted a statement on their website detailing their decision:

During the Asia-Pacific Grandmasters broadcast over the weekend there was a competition rule violation during a post-match interview, involving Blitzchung and two casters, which resulted in the removal of the match VOD replay.

Upon further review we have found the action has violated the 2019 Hearthstone Grandmasters Official Competition Rules section 6.1 (o) and is individual behavior which does not represent Blizzard or Hearthstone Esports. 6.1 (o) is found below.

Blizzard posted the rule that was violated in full:

Engaging in any act that, in Blizzard’s sole discretion, brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages Blizzard image will result in removal from Grandmasters and reduction of the player’s prize total to $0 USD, in addition to other remedies which may be provided for under the Handbook and Blizzard’s Website Terms. 

It’s likely that Blizzard was operating on the “offends a portion or group of the public” part of their rules.

Why is this important?

Because it’s one more company that is caving to China as quickly as it can, joining other companies like the NBA and Disney when it comes to kissing Chinese boots in order to stay in its market.

Recently, Houston Rockets coach Daryl Morey tweeted out his support for the Hong Kong protests and was immediately denounced by the NBA and the owner of the Houston Rockets, Tilman Fertitta

As I covered earlier, China banned any mention of the show South Park from its internet after the show creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker wrote an entire episode dedicated to slamming this very thing. Chinese censorship has made companies alter its product so it can sell in its market, effectively censoring our content here in America.

The only people who seemed to understand that and not cave to the Chinese are Stone and Parker, who wrote their brand of an “apology” to China.

(READ: South Park Creators Matt Stone And Trey Parker Gave China The “Apology” It Deserves)

Blizzard acted fast in order to stay afloat in the Chinese market. While I understand that a good chunk of cash comes from China, companies are effectively sacrificing the principles of free speech and freedom in order to make money.

This would be better bitten in the rear now than later, and people should make sure these companies understand that they’re American, not Chinese. That they’re better off embracing American values, not those of totalitarians.

 

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Mitt Romney Does Mitt Romney Things, Looks to Rally GOP Senators to Remove Trump From Office

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Mitt Romney, who seemingly only has the ability to speak out against Donald Trump, has spent the last few weeks virtue signaling his pants off over the Ukraine issue. While he can never be counted on to condemn Democrats for basically anything, he’s always there with a tweet on Trump to soak up those CNN backslaps. I’m told that’s the ultimate act of courage.

His plan may go deeper than gathering plaudits though. A new report says he’s rallying Republican Senators to remove the President from office, assuming the House every stops being terrified of voting to actually impeach.

There’s two parts to this. Let’s start with GOP donors begging Romney to run.

According to sources, donors have in recent days called the Utah senator and encouraged him to run against Trump in the primary. “There is a half-billion dollars on the sidelines from guys who are fed up with Trump,” a GOP donor told me.

I’m going to put aside everything I think about or don’t think about Trump for a second. Let’s pretend he doesn’t exist. How can any GOP donor be so idiotic as to not recognize that the party simply does not want another Mitt Romney run, nor a run by someone like him? Even if you despise Trump, Romney is not the alternative. You want to rally the base around Trump? Start pushing Romney to the forefront.

In that sense, it’s probably smart for him to not run directly against Trump. Instead, he’s doing the underhanded thing by trying to get him removed from office to clear a path.

Instead, a Romney adviser told me, Romney believes he has more potential power as a senator who will decide Trump’s fate in an impeachment trial. “He could have tremendous influence in the impeachment process as the lone voice of conscience in the Republican caucus,” the adviser said. In recent days, Romney has been reaching out privately to key players in the Republican resistance, according to a person briefed on the conversations. “Romney is the one guy who could bring along Susan Collins, Cory Gardner, Ben Sasse. Romney is the pressure point in the impeachment process. That’s why the things he’s saying are freaking Republicans out.”

That highlighted sentence is the most Mitt Romney thing ever. Voters are sick of pompous cowards who only speak up when they think it will benefit them politically. Romney was nowhere to be found when Adam Schiff lied about contact with the whistle-blower. He completely lost his tongue on any matter dealing with the Trump-Russia investigation, the collapse of the Steele dossier, the lies about collusion, etc. When Obama did any number of things that were objectionable to conservatives during his tenure, Romney got lost in the woods.

But he sees an opening here with Trump that could help him politically, so he’s ready to speak up again. That’s not courage and it makes him the worst kind of Republican. It’s exactly why he’s never going to be a thing again.

As to him rallying Senators like Collins, Gardner, and Sasse, I’m skeptical. No doubt he will try, because again, he sees that as a path to 2020. But the only way any GOP Senators aside from Romney (and maybe Collins) vote to remove Trump is if they feel like it’s 100% safe in doing so. If they vote and it fails, they are finished in the party and they know it. That means Romney would need to gather another dozen plus votes from his own side and hold them all together over time. That’s just so unlikely as to be nearly impossible.

What we currently have is behavior by the President that we can argue back and forth on all day. Was it bad? Was it just turnabout being fair play given what Obama did investigating Trump? Was he actually just wanting a broad look at the 2016 election meddling, of which I’ve been assured by Mitt Romney is very important to get to the bottom of. I’m not here to convince you one way or the other. What I do believe is that there’s nothing impeachable here. There was no quid pro quo. We have the transcript and we know what it says and doesn’t say. Even the “smoking gun” text by Bill Taylor turned out to be based on a Politico article full of supposition, not actual direct knowledge.

In the absence of an actual, traditionally impeachable offense, Mitt Romney is just playing games again and noway should any Republican voter reward him for it. Any GOP donor or insider that thinks he’s making a comeback is deluding themselves and should probably come to their senses sooner rather than later.

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Why Ukraine Has Become a Breeding Ground for U.S. Political Scandals

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GQ’s Julia Ioffe is a Russian-born American journalist who worked as a foreign correspondent in Ukraine in 2013-2014. She wrote an especially insightful piece on Monday entitled “Here’s Why Ukraine Pops Up in So Many U.S. Scandals,” which helps put some of today’s events in context. She argues that there are two reasons why the scandals which have polarized Americans in the last several years have originated in Ukraine. The first reason is that Ukraine is in the middle of a tug-of-war between Russia and the West. The second is because Westerners (political consultants and operatives such as Paul Manafort and Tony Podesta) are paid millions of dollars by oligarchs and politicians.

The word “Ukraine” means borderland. And “borderland” is an apt description of the country both physically and ideologically. Located between Russia and Europe, Ukraine is in the unique position of acting as a buffer zone between two conflicting ideologies. “Russia versus the West, led by America. The two sides have been fighting over which camp Ukraine joins for the past two decades.”

The way I see it is that Ukrainians will be on whatever side they need to be on to achieve their goals. Americans look at Ukrainians as being either pro-Western or pro-Russian, but the reality is far more complex than that.

Ioffe points out:

The political dynamic gets reduced to neat binaries—the forces there are either pro-Russia or pro-West; leaders are either corrupt actors or laudable reformers; the good guys versus the bad guys. But that framework belies the moral complexity of the place, which is why it pops up in our domestic political scandals in the first place.

People’s affiliations are often less than clear. Determining which oligarchic clan a politician or journalist is associated with is difficult, as is pinning down a person’s true geopolitical leanings.

Many Ukrainians have learned to play one side against the other in securing money and power for themselves.

Ukraine would like America and Europe to think of it as a promising young democracy, the good little country struggling to fend off the gravitational pull of evil Russia. There is a lot of truth in that. But it is also an oligarchy where a very small number of people control the country’s natural resources, a legacy of its Soviet past. Around each of these people is a clan vying for influence, resources, and political power. They sponsor media outlets and politicians. Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, for example, has promised to fight corruption but is also closely linked with one of the country’s most powerful oligarchs.

A former Obama administration official told Ioffe, “It’s very difficult because of the level of distrust. You don’t know whom you can trust in Ukraine. Everyone accuses everyone else in Ukraine of being a Russian puppet, and getting to the bottom of it is extremely difficult to do.”

Interestingly, Ioffe says, “In the years after Yanukovych’s ouster and the Russian invasion, the easiest way to knock out a rival was to tarnish them as an agent of Moscow, whether the claim was true or not.” Looks like the Democrats took that and ran with it.

When a Ukrainian politician or oligarch finds themselves being accused of ties with Moscow, they often turn to American political consultants to restore their reputations.

Ukrainians pay exorbitant sums of money to American lobbyists and operatives which is what drew former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, lobbyist Tony Podesta and others to the country. Ioffe explains that they “see Americans as being really good at what in that part of the world is known as “political technology”: using data, polling, consulting to win elections.” Maybe even more important than that is the belief that hiring American operatives will buy them influence in Washington. This was likely the reason why Burisma was happy to appoint the unqualified son of the Vice President of the United States to their board of directors.

Ioffe writes that “lavishing money on an American consultant with deep ties to the Republican establishment (like Manafort) or to the Democratic one (like Hunter Biden or Devine) can go a long way in securing influence in Washington and, hopefully, still more money in the form of American aid.”

Manafort’s work was instrumental in helping Yanukovych win the presidency in 2010 and he was paid millions of dollars for his efforts. (Note: Because Yanukovych is pro-Russian, Manafort has been labeled as pro-Russian even though he strongly argued for Yanukovych to sign the EU agreement in 2013.)

Tad Devine, who was the chief strategist for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign, also worked for Yanukovych. But we never hear anything about that. To give you an idea of the amount of money Ukrainians are willing to pay American strategists and operatives, Andrew Weiss, who oversees Russia and Eurasia research at the Carnegie Endowment, said that, “When Devine was contemplating working on the 2014 Ukrainian election, he stipulated that his rate would be $10,000 per day—not including travel…These are people getting paid in a way that is totally out of proportion to how you would be paid elsewhere.”

Knowing something about the recent political history of Ukraine, particularly during the pivotal period leading up to, including and following the Ukrainian Revolution through Russia’s invasion of Crimea, helps to understand the role the country has played in U.S. politics, especially during the 2016 election cycle.

As politicians often tell us, many times they are forced to decide between two bad options. In 2013, then-President Viktor Yanukovych, who was pro-Russian, faced such a decision. The EU had offered a package of loans to Ukraine, known as the European Union Association Agreement. In exchange, the country would agree to liberalize reforms. At the same time, he was facing pressure from the Kremlin, Ukraine’s largest trading partner not to sign the agreement. According to the BBC, Yanukovych said “Ukraine could not afford to sacrifice trade with Russia” and called the EU’s offer to lend Ukraine 610 million euros “inadequate.” He said “Ukraine would need at least 20 billion euros a year to upgrade its economy to European standards.”

In November 2013, Yanukovych said he was interested in signing an agreement with the EU, just not the current agreement. This decision set off a wave of protests, which became known as the “Euromaidan” movement. These protests culminated in the February 2014 “massacre” during which riot police fired into a crowd of demonstrators killing 88 people. On February 22, 2014, Yanukovych fled to Russia. The following month, Russia invaded Crimea.

Ukrainian-American lawyer and DNC consultant Alexandra Chalupa (who had worked as an aide to several Democratic politicians, including President Clinton), held Paul Manafort responsible for the Yanukovych’s victory in 2010, and put a target on his back. For whatever reason, she predicted several months before Manafort joined Trump’s campaign that he would eventually do so. In the spring, she made the decision to work full-time to destroy Paul Manafort. Her efforts bore fruit. After Artem Sytnyk, chief of the newly established National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and then acting Prosecutor General Serhiy Leshchenko published what was said to be Yanukovych’s “black ledger” showing payments of over $12 million to Manafort, he was forced to resign from Trump’s campaign. And the Democrats’ scheme to tie Trump to Russia took off.

It’s been nearly three decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union set the stage for an independent Ukraine, yet the country cannot escape its ties to Moscow or the influence of the powerful oligarchs who rule the country. Ukraine needs to decide which ideology it wishes to align itself with. But as long as they continue to straddle two opposing world views, they will remain mired in the corruption for which they have become known.

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The Tip of the Criminal Illegal Immigrant Iceberg

When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President, he infamously “accused” Mexico of sending rapists and murderers to the United States.  Of course, he said no such thing and instead noted that rapists and murderers were entering the United States by illegally crossing the southern border along with other people.  Perhaps, inartfully stated but a fact nevertheless.  Taken in another context, there were bad people mixed among the good people (something he said about Charlottesville, but in reverse).  What perturbed the Left was that there was truth in that statement.  In the case of Charlottesville, not every protester was a member of Antifa bent on violence and not everyone was a Nazi looking to break some heads.  Likewise, not everyone crossing the border illegally is a rapist and murderer, but there are rapists and murderers among them.

We have immigration laws for a very important reason: the protection of American citizens.  We do not allow suspected terrorists into the United States any more than we allow the carrier of tuberculosis or some other communicable disease.  In short, we are supposed to vet those wishing to enter the United States, not hang a sign at the border and in every airport welcoming everyone wishing to enter the country.

But there are others who feel the opposite- that the United States should become a dumping ground for everyone and then vet them “sometime later.”  Often, if statistics are to believed, that “later” never comes.  According to Pew Research, about 66% of illegal immigrants have been in the United States for at least ten years or more.  Of course, not every one of that 66 % is a rapist or murderer and some may have blended into the fabric of society and are model “would-be” citizens if they entered the country under the correct circumstances.

The Democrats and the Left seem to think that everyone is an angel and there are no devils among the hordes that have crossed into the United States illegally.  In a pitiful case of absolute stupidity, many cities, counties and even states have declared themselves “sanctuary” status.  This is not some scene from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”  These declarations are poking a huge administrative finger in the eye of immigration law enforcement.  When arrested, ICE generally places a detainer on a suspected illegal immigrant so that upon release, they are handed over to ICE to make a determination on deportation.  Sanctuary status ignores that detainer and allows these people back into society.

Recently, ICE agents managed to track down and arrest 80 illegal immigrants in the New York City area.  Of that number, more than half- 42 to be exact- had active ICE detainers that were ignored by New York City and they were never handed over to ICE upon release.  Across the Hudson in New Jersey, Democrat governor Phil Murphy, who looks suspiciously like a squirrel, has declared the entire state sanctuary status.  More than 54 illegal immigrants were arrested by ICE in the Garden State with many having, again, active detainers.

These are not arrests for spitting on a sidewalk or jaywalking.  Among the crimes they are charged with: aggravated DWI, sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse, sexual conduct against a minor, criminal possession of a firearm, criminal possession and distribution of a CDS, kidnapping, forcible touching of a minor, and larceny.  Yet in the New York City/New Jersey area alone, more than 130 criminal illegal immigrants were arrested in a 5-day period.  Mayors like deBlasio and governors like Murphy are sworn to protect the citizenry but they, because of misplaced priorities, condone releasing the scum of the earth back into the communities they are sworn to protect.

What strikes this writer the most is the hypocrisy of the Left.  Several of those arrested and detained by ICE are charged with sexual assault crimes to various degrees, some against child victims.  This stands in stark contrast to the witch hunts conducted in the name of #MeToo.  A boss is vilified and raked across the coals because they may comment on a woman’s shape.  The wrath of the Left is brought down upon that person.  But on the other hand, an illegal immigrant charged with rape, sexual assault, or child molestation gets a literal free pass from places like New York City or the state of New Jersey.  Those accused under the ever-shifting rules of #MeToo get the presumption of guilt and the denial of due process.  But the illegal immigrant rapist and child molester is released back into society under the aegis of sanctuary status.

The Left likes to invoke a poem on a statue as if it is immigration law and policy.  That poem does not say, “Give us your criminals, and your rapists.”  The law does state that the criminal and the rapist be removed from society.  Whether the nonsense diatribe against ICE officials and agents for doing their jobs better than deBlasio or Murphy, or morons in Congress accusing ICE of running “concentration camps,” it is good to know that people truly dedicated to protecting American citizens are doing their job.

Sadly, those 134 people arrested by ICE in a 5-day period are likely the very tip of a very large iceberg.   However, there is hope.  We finally have a President who is willing to address the situation and actually enforce the law.

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South Park Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker Gave China the “Apology” It Deserves

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Yesterday, I wrote about how China had wiped any mention of the show South Park off its carefully controlled internet after creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker made an entire episode centered around Hollywood’s kissing up to Chinese censors in order to gain more money from the Chinese market.

The episode featured lead character Randy Marsh going to China to sell weed and winding up in a work camp with Winnie the Pooh, and the boys writing a biopic for their band for a Hollywood producer as a Chinese censor continues to alter their work.

(READ: South Park Now Banned In China After Episode Criticizing Chinese Censorship Airs)

Stone and Parker are no strangers to controversy and have made a career out of purposefully creating it. Many people have tried to ban or censor them in the past, including their own network, and each time, they’ve managed to win the war in one way or another. Even if they do get censored, they make sure the people censoring them get the short end of the stick in some way.

While there’s nothing Stone and Parker can do to stop China from censoring them, they are going to do what they do best, and that’s to laugh at China.

The duo decided to issue an “apology” that shouldn’t please the Chinese government in the least.

“Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts,” wrote Stone and Parker. “We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Xi doesn’t look like Winnie the Pooh at all. Tune into our 300th episode the Wednesday at 10 p.m. Long live the great Communist Party of China. May the autumn’s sorghum harvest be bountiful. We good now China?”

The two tweeted out their “apology” so that the public could read it too as well as a link to the full episode you can watch for free, just so everyone knows what they’re “apologizing” for.

The situation with the NBA concerns the Houston Rockets apologizing to China after the Rockets’ coach, Daryl Morey, tweeted out his support for the Hong Kong protests.

Stone and Parker’s jab at the NBA and its slap at China are well deserved. Too many businesses in America are going out of their way to please totalitarians just so they can get some of their money. The fact that we’re bending over backward for them and siding with them against freedom is disgusting.

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