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Trump Executes an Absolutely Epic Troll of Joe Biden

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Sometimes you just have to admire the talent.

Donald Trump has always been known as a master troll, but he’s reaching new levels. His latest work makes Ted Cruz’s brilliant owning of Deadspin look like child’s play.

The setup is that Joe Biden got caught lying about his knowledge of his son’s business dealings in Ukraine. In fact, Biden did know about it, had discussed it with his son Hunter, and there’s even a picture of the former vice president playing golf with the executive of the Ukrainian gas company in question.

Enter President Trump with one of the most epic trolls I’ve ever witnessed.

Just hit play, trust me.

I’ve got nothing left to add.

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Amazing Grace: Brandt Jean Forgives His Brother’s Murderer and Gives Us All a Lesson in Grace in the Process

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The recent case of a white Texas police officer who fatally shot and killed her black neighbor – Botham Jean – when she allegedly mistook his apartment for hers ended in a controversial sentencing Wednesday. Amber Guyger was convicted of murder by a jury after just one hour of deliberation. The judge declined to impose the full sentence of 99 years, instead opting to give Guyger a 10 year sentence. She may be eligible for parole after serving half that time.

While that has raised all kinds of ire, what happened next was no only shocking but…well, world-changing.

Botham Jean’s young brother took to the stand to deliver a victim impact statement and took America’s breath away when he did not offer the expected (and understandable) rage and anger, but instead offered Guyger forgiveness.

“I know if you go to God and ask him, he will forgive you.”

“I love you just like anyone else and I’m not going to hope you rot and die,” Brandt Jean told Guyger. “I personally want the best for you. I wasn’t going to say this in front of my family, I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you because I know that’s exactly what Botham would want for you. Give your life to Christ. I think giving your life to Christ is the best thing Botham would want for you.”

Brandt Jean then exited the witness stand and asked if he could give his brother’s killer a hug. Guyger said yes and broke down in tears as the two embraced.

The greater public has been reacting to the video with a perplexed awe. Those who are familiar with the Christian faith understand what Jean was doing. He did the same thing the victims of the church shooting in Charleston did. He followed the commandments of his faith in the belief that God has something greater in store for us when we hand over our rage and our grievances to Him. Jean said so himself. He offereded Guyger Christ.

I’ve been a Christian for 30 years and I can tell you that this is probably the most stunningly clear example of how to share the Gospel and why we share the Gospel. This is the Grace that changed the world over 2000 years ago, the one it that is so clearly defined in our Good Book. Grace is a revolutionary idea and when applied it changes everything.

Even Jean’s mother said her son’s move changed her.

Jean’s mother, Allison, said at a post-sentencing news conference that while the death of her son “changed my life, changed my family’s life,” she will accept the jury’s decision and try to move on.

She did take a moment to admonish the Dallas Police Department’s handling of the investigation and called for change.

But it wasn’t just Jean’s mother who was changed. Word came from reporters standing outside the hearing that the entire mood of the crowd outside changed upon hearing young Jean’s words.

Life changing grace is what God offers us. I speak about it often. Some might say my “race and grace” commentary is a drumbeat, but really its just a love letter…a love letter to a God whom I know to be faithful, who saved me from my wretched bitterness.

In the Christian tradition in the end, what has saved humanity was not war, not rage, not revenge.  A poor, undernourished carpenter didn’t slay those society said was wicked but instead dined with them, debated with them, served them…loved them. It set a precedent the world had never seen and is still struggling to emulate. What saved humanity was amazing grace.

What young Brandt gave us all today was amazing grace. Let us all do our best to remember the enormity of the task such a young man took on, and let us all endeavor to be more like that.

It will only make us better.

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Michigan Lawmaker Introduces Bill that Would Make Owners of Gun-Free Zones Responsible for Injuries

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In 2012, a shooter walked into the Cinemark Theatre in Aurora, CO and opened fire. Within minutes, 12 people were dead and 58 were injured.

At that time, it was legal for those with permits to carry concealed handguns in most malls, stores, movie theaters, and restaurants in the state.  However, private businesses were allowed to prohibit people from carrying firearms on their property.

The Cinemark Theatre chose to make their business a gun-free zone. The owners even posted a sign at the entrance of the building stating that it was a gun-free zone. Cinemark was one of only a few theaters in the area to ban weapons.

When the shooter opened fire, those in the audience were like sitting ducks. No one inside the theater had a gun which could have stopped the massacre quickly and saved lives.

And this scenario has repeated itself over and over again.

Second amendment advocate John Lott explains that concealed carry is much more frequent than many people realize. With over 4 percent of the adult population in Colorado having concealed handgun permits, a couple hundred adults in Cinemark’s movie theater #9 means that there is an extremely high probability that at least one adult would have a permit.

Bearing Arms‘ Tom Knighton reports that a Michigan state representative, a Republican, has introduced a bill which “would hold government offices and private businesses liable if anyone is injured during a shooting in a gun-free zone on their premises.” Knighton writes:

State Rep. Gary Eisen, R-St. Clair Township, introduced House Bill 4975, which would revoke governmental immunity from lawsuits arising from injuries sustained on government property where guns are banned. Eisen is also the sponsor of House Bill 4976, which would make a government, business or individual that designates a property a gun-free zone responsible for the safety of individuals who enter it.

Eisen said the intention was to require a business or government that enforces a gun-free policy to take responsibility through measures like hiring security guards.

Eisen spoke to Knighton. He said, “I have to presume that no one will have a gun inside and I will be safe. They are telling me, ‘Don’t worry, Mr. Eisen, this is a gun-free zone. You’ll be perfectly safe in here.’ We know that is not the case.”

Eisen added that if a government or a business will not allow him to carry a firearm to defend himself, they could be liable under his proposed legislation.

Knighton argues:

If you’re going to disarm law-abiding citizens, you should be required to assume responsibility for keeping them safe. You need to guarantee their safety while on the premises–and not just within the building, but also outside the building between the door and their vehicle where, one would assume, they can re-arm themselves–or they should be allowed to take care of their safety themselves.

So far, there are only two co-sponsors on the bill from what I can see, though that might well change. If you’re in Michigan, you may want to reach out to your House representative and tell them you want them to co-sponsor this bill.

After all, if you’re going to be forced to disarm yourself to someone else can have the illusion of safety, the least they can do is put their money where their mouth is. If “gun-free zone” signs are effective, then it shouldn’t matter if they’re liable for injuries, right? Of course, we all know better. More importantly, though, they know better too, which is why I promise you that none of the gun control groups are going to say anything close to support for this bill.

I couldn’t agree with him more.

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The Democrats and Media Labeling Barr’s Investigation a Conspiracy Theory Tells You That They Are Very Afraid

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President Donald Trump arrives with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr to speak about the census in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

One of the media hallmarks of the Trump era has been the left and the media labeling anything that diverges from their official narrative as a conspiracy theory. When the Russia Hoax broke and many of us were wondering why Carter Page was hit with a series of FISA warrants, that was dubbed a conspiracy theory. I suspect that the DOJ IG, Michael Horowitz, is going to show that there was a reason for those warrants that had nothing to do with Carter Page’s foreign connections. When President Trump first mused that his phone might have been tapped and many of us thought that maybe he’s been told something by, you know, real experts that he’s sort of muddling in translation. That was labeled a conspiracy theory. Then we learned of the “two hop” rule which says that not only is a FISA subject’s electronic communications (all types, not just telephone) subject to intercept, but so are means of communication of everyone they communicate with and everyone those people communicate with. So Carter Page talking to, say Paul Manfort, talking to Donald Trump make the surveillance of Donald Trump’s phone and email completely legit. Others followed, such as Comey’s involvement, the Mifsud and Downer plays directed at Papadopoulos, the Steele Dossier. All questions were dismissed as conspiracy theories.

Now we have another “conspiracy theory.”

The one real story emerging from the nonsense of President Trump’s phone call to the president of Ukraine (let me say a) withholding aid to any country is a presidential prerogative and b) asking any head of state to assist in investigating any potential lawbreaking by a US citizen…even the coked up son of a Democrat politician…is a presidential duty) was that Attorney General Bill Barr was actively involved in ensuring that his designated investigator into the origins of the Russia Hoax, US Attorney for Connecticut John Durham, had cooperation from the foreign governments the Clinton campaign and their allies at Justice, CIA, the White House, and within the FBI had enlisted to try to defeat the Trump campaign. And, when that rickety biplane of a presidential bid ran straight into the voters’s cumulo-granite of disgust for Hillary Clinton, the efforts devoted to electing her were redirected into trying to carry off a soft coup to displace President Trump.

To that end, we know that Barr has been in discussions not only with Ukraine but with Australia, Italy, and Great Britain. This is how his efforts have been received:

Some observations here.

As I’ve noted, the things that the Democrats and media have previously labeled as conspiracy theories have all proven to be truths they did not wish to be revealed.

It is entirely possible that Bill Barr might have too much regard for his own reputation within Justice to take on this task without some fairly solid proof. Same with John Durham.

It is highly unlikely that the Administration would be pursuing this in such a public fashion absent some indication that something untoward was going to be uncovered.

If this were Barr chasing some will-o’-the-wisp conspiracy theory, then Democrats and the lickspittles in the media would not he setting themselves on fire in rage over them doing so. The woul be laughing and they assuredly are not laughing.

A safe bet is that we’re going to find “colleague to colleague” contacts between John Brennan and members of British and Italian and Austalian intelligence to engage in running an information operation targeting Donald Trump and his campaign. We’re gong to see that Joseph Mifsud, who Mueller implies but never states is a Russian asset, is actually a US asset. It wold be very ironic if we find out that it was the Russians who were feeding Steele the salacious material for his dossier and pocketing the Perkins Coie cash that funded him. If we get through this without it being revealed that current CIA director Gina Haspel was involved in some aspect, I will be shocked.

We don’t know how this will play out but the one fixed point in all of this mess is the fact that nearly every time the Democrats and their media lapdogs label something a “conspiracy theory” it turns out to be very, very real.

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Flashback Schiff: ‘We Didn’t Speak Directly With the Whistleblower,’ Multiple Times Acted as Though There Was No Contact

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The Ukraine whistleblower story blew up today when it was revealed that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) had contact with the whistleblower even before his complaint was filed.

The New York Times broke the story, albeit spinning it to put the best face they could on what has to be huge blow to the whole story.

According to the Times:

The C.I.A. officer approached a House Intelligence Committee aide with his concerns about Mr. Trump only after he had had a colleague first convey them to the C.I.A.’s top lawyer. Concerned about how that initial avenue for airing his allegations through the C.I.A. was unfolding, the officer then approached the House aide. In both cases, the original accusation was vague.

The House staff member, following the committee’s procedures, suggested the officer find a lawyer to advise him and file a whistle-blower complaint.

Patrick Boland, a spokesman for Mr. Schiff, admitted that Schiff’s aide had indeed been contacted by the CIA officer, but cast it as an appropriate contact.

But here’s the interview that Schiff gave to MSNBC where he was asked about contact with the whistleblower and he said “We didn’t speak directly” with him.

While “directly” is a weasel word and Schiff himself may not have spoken to him in person, it’s clear that the person was in contact with an aide from his office.

But Schiff leaves the impression that there was no contact with his comments, that he was being denied the opportunity, saying “We would like to talk to him.”

Schiff also leaves out the fact that the whistleblower had in fact written to him on August 12 about his concerns and that he, Schiff, didn’t apprise other members of Congress about it until it all went public a month later.

There’s more.

From Daily Caller:

In a Sept. 19 press conference, he suggested that he did not know what the whistleblower was alleging. He also asserted that he might not even know that a complaint had been filed if Michael Atkinson, the IC IG, had not contacted Congress earlier last month regarding the complaint.

“In the absence of the actions, and I want to thank the inspector general, in the absence of his actions in coming to our committee, we might not have even known there was a whistleblower complaint alleging a urgent concern,” Schiff said during a press briefing on Sept. 19.

Schiff left out the part about his staff member directing the whistleblower to contact the IC IG in the first place.

Schiff’s actions not only tried to make it appear that there was no coordination, it lent to the narrative he was pushing – that the administration was somehow trying to suppress the information and cover-up, information which he, Schiff, already knew about because of contacts with the C.I.A officer.

Needless to say, the GOP blew up at him on Twitter, particularly his colleagues in Congress.

McCarthy just signed aboard a resolution to censure Schiff. And one has to believe that the resolution just got supercharged with the revelations today.

Brit Hume sums it up:

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The Criminalization of Speech: Part 2

The story is from ten months ago, but it’s another example of the criminalization of speech:

Virginia high school teacher fired for refusing to use transgender student’s new pronouns

By Graham Moomaw | Richmond Times-Dispatch | December 6, 2018

WEST POINT — A Virginia high school teacher was fired Thursday for refusing to use a transgender student’s new pronouns, a case believed to be the first of its kind in the state.

After a four-hour hearing, the West Point School Board voted 5-0 to terminate Peter Vlaming, a French teacher at West Point High School who resisted administrators’ orders to use male pronouns to refer to a ninth-grade student who had undergone a gender transition. The board met in closed session for nearly an hour before the vote.

Further down, we see that Mr Vlaming did not “misgender” the student by using the pronouns with which the student disagreed, but chose his words carefully to avoid using gendered pronouns at all.

The student’s family informed the school system of the transition over the summer. Vlaming said he had the student in class the year before when the student identified as female.

Vlaming agreed to use the student’s new, male name. But he tried to avoid using any pronouns — he or him, and she or her — when referring to the student. The student said that made him feel uncomfortable and singled out.

In other words, Mr Vlaming did not deny the ‘transgender’ student’s chosen ‘gender,’ but declined to affirm it. The teacher did not say to this ‘gender confused’ student that she is female, but simply declined to say to her that she is male. He apparently slipped up one time, on October 31, 2018:

Witnesses described one pronoun “slip-up” during a class activity on Halloween when the student was using a virtual reality headset. The student was about to run into a wall, and Vlaming told others to stop “her.”

Mr Vlaming informed his superiors that his Christian faith prevented him from using male pronouns for a student he knew to be female. This means that the West Point School Board chose the concerns of a mentally ill student over the Constitutional rights of freedom of religion and speech of an employee.

And now, Mr Vlaming will have his day in court:

Virginia teacher sues over firing for refusing to use transgender student’s new pronouns

By Justin Mattingly | Richmond Times-Dispatch | October 1, 2019

A Virginia teacher who was fired last year after refusing to use a transgender student’s new pronouns is suing the school board that fired him.

Peter Vlaming, a Williamsburg resident who taught French at West Point High School, was fired in December 2018 after resisting administrators’ orders to use male pronouns when referring to a freshman student who had undergone a gender transition.

“Mr. Vlaming could not violate his conscience,” a lawsuit filed Monday in King William County Circuit Court states. “And it cost him his job.”

There’s much more at the original, but the reporting newspaper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which previously had a nominally conservative editorial bent,¹ went along with the cockamamie notion that the ‘transgendered’ are the sex they claim to be rather than their objective biological sex, using male pronouns to refer to the student in question. The student’s identity was not published by the paper.

New York City’s Commission on Human Rights recently declared that the use of the phrase “illegal alien” or threats to call immigration officials on someone, in business communication, could result in a $250,000 fine; the same is true if a business or employee uses the correct pronouns rather than the ones preferred by the recipient.

We are reaching the point in which the force of government is being used to force people to violate their religious beliefs and consciences, and being forced to just plain lie. Every bird, every reptile, and every mammal can tell the differences between males and females of their own species, but liberal human beings have managed to become so educated that they have lost this ability in themselves.

More, they wish to compel everyone else to go along with such silliness, and once the force of government — and the firing of Mr Vlaming by the West Point Public Schools is an exercise of government power — and the police power of the state have been added to this, it ceases to become just silliness but an actual threat to the rights of individuals. This must be resisted, this must be stopped!
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That State Dept. IG “Urgent” Briefing to Congress Was a Total Flop and Probably a Breach of Protocol

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Earlier today, I reported and opined on a briefing that had been requested by the State Dept. Inspector General. It was described as “urgent,” which means it’s supposed to mean certain criteria to bypass the relevant executive offices overseeing the agency.

This led to rampant speculation that a bomb was about to be dropped. Perhaps it had to do with Rudy Giuliani? Maybe it was proof Sec. of State Mike Pompeo had tried to cover something up? The media were practically salivating.

Welp, precious spittle was wasted, because it looks like it was a flop.

A packet of information given to Pompeo is the big news here? That seems underwhelming. But perhaps there was something major inside this packet of information though? That seems like a big nope as well because even Rep. Raskin, a left-wing Democrat from Maryland, found it to be mostly nothing and said as much. He claims it “raises more questions than it answers,” which is code for “there’s nothing here but we need to try to keep the narrative alive.”

He does claim the packet has a “curious history,” which again probably means it shows nothing on the surface worthwhile but that they’ll try twist and stretch it into looking like something that might be useful to Adam Schiff. Worse for the State Dept. IG though is that this Democrat also wonders why it was even urgent, and if it wasn’t urgent, the IG abused protocol here.

What’s all this add up to? An Obama appointed IG, which Steven Linick is, broke normal procedure and rushed to Congress, misusing regulations designed to protect urgent information sharing with Congress, in order to push a narrative. The current impeachment fever is highly dependent on giving the impression of an avalanche of material being revealed and pointing to more and more scandal. Apparently this IG just wanted to play his part because there appears to be no actual justification for what he did.

President Trump made a big mistake in not cleaning house the moment he took office. All of these career, Democrat appointed officials should have been removed on day one, before he made any other official acts as President they could point too. He’s paying the price for not doing that. These careerist operatives are not going to stop. They are going to keep leaking and keep treating normal activities as scandalous until they get the outcome they want.

UPDATE:

After I originally wrote this article to publish a few hours later, more information has come out. It seems like this was even more of a joke than I could have imagined.

Per The Daily Caller.

Sources familiar with the meeting said the IG handed over a packet containing, among other old materials, news articles written this past spring by The Hill’s John Solomon about Democratic ties to Ukraine.

“The packet is a big nothing burger,” the aide declared. “Amazing. We’re relieved. Actually thrilled.”
In other words, this was a total fail. This IG abused the system, set off a media firestorm, and fed into a rabidly partisan narrative over a packet of…news articles. Just unbelievable.
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Another Breakthrough: Maxine Waters Breaches the Bounds of Absurdity, Claims ‘[Trump] is Setting…Us Up to be Killed’

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What happens when you’ve been in the same lawmaking job for 28 years?

Perhaps, sometimes, it makes you bold enough to say really, really, astonishingly absurd things.

On Wednesday, California Rep. Maxine Waters blasted Donald Trump for endangering her safety.

Hey, hold up; isn’t she the same lady who said this:

Well. I’ll be — it is.

Anyway, here’s what she had to say, to MSNBC host Ali Velshi:

“There are a number of people who have been convicted for threatening to kill me, and when he does that he’s dog-whistling to the white supremacists, the KKK, and the dangerous people. We have stories about many of those white supremacists who do nothing but practice how they’re going to be involved in a civil war and fight against this government. This president is irresponsible in so many ways aside from making us a target of these white supremacists.”

Maxine said she understands things. Like the “danger” of Donald Trump. Like his private hopes and dreams of being a dictator. Like the reality of Russian collusion:

“Yes, absolutely he has called me names as he has called many others names. I have been at this almost two years because I understand the danger of this president. I understand that he has colluded with Russia. I understand that he has embraced Putin. I also understand that he really wants to be and act like a dictator. I’m very worried about our entire government. I’m worried about his entire administration.”

Hey — given her understanding of collusion, she should work for these people:

And she understands what Trump doesn’t: the Constitution:

“Most people know me and know what I’ve been doing for the last two years. They know I’ve spoken about the President’s lack of understanding or appreciation for the Constitution. He doesn’t care about the democracy and how he has undermined all of those who are trying so hard to make this democracy stronger.”

Waters explained that people “know [she has] the best interest of this country at heart and that [she’s] worked very hard and that [she’s] spoken truth to power in ways that many others didn’t even have the courage to do it.”

As someone who everyone knows and who understands all the stuff, and as someone who’s been doing stuff for two years — like the video above — Maxine used this to put a fine point on it:

“[Trump] should not be going after anybody. He is the President of the United States of America. He is setting some of us up to be killed.”

28 years, ladies and gentlemen. 28 years.

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Donald Trump, Impeachment, and John Boyd’s OODA Loop

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The late USAF Colonel John Boyd was a controversial figure in the Air Force. People loved him or hated him. No body heard his name and shrugged and said “meh, whatever.” He revolutionized the way that the Air Force looked a aerial warfare but his major contribution outside the very narrow milieu of fighter aircraft operations is what is known as the OODA Loop. OODA, short for observation, orientation, decision and action. This is basically what he means. You have to collect data by some sensory means (observation). Then you have to convert that data that is something meaningful in the context of what is happening. With that analysis/synthesis complete, you have to determine a course of action that you can carry out. And you have to act. Most organizations are pretty good at the first O. The second O may or may not happen because of personalities or biases. The D may never happen. Your chances of the A taking place are much less than being hit by lightning. The larger and more complex the organization is, the more likely it is to get bogged down while the people in charge of the second O demand more of the people doing the first O. This is what my wife the mechanical engineer calls “analysis paralysis.” The main idea is that the person or organization that can work its way through the OODA loop fastest can create a situation where your opponent is reacting to what you already did while you are able to anticipate your opponent’s future courses of action because you are limiting them by your current actions.

Right now, the Democrats are trying to screw up enough courage to undertake an impeachment hearing for President Trump. I say trying because there are a lot of egos involved and the 2020 election looms large. They are concerned about what their rabid frothing base does if they don’t impeach. They are concerned about what sane voters do if they insist on impeachment. Right now they are in sensory overload on the first O of the process. Not so with the Trump White House.

Donald Trump’s campaign aides expected months ago that Democrats would try to impeach the president — and he needed a way to exploit it.

So this summer, Trump 2020 officials spliced news clips of Democrats discussing impeachment into a 90-second video montage, punctuated by the president imploring supporters to help him “stop this nonsense.” Aides quietly filed the spot away until last week, when it was released as part of an online counteroffensive to the impeachment push that brought in 50,000-plus new donors and raked in $8.5 million in two days — the campaign’s biggest digital haul since its June launch.

The push demonstrates how Trump, in less than three years in office, has perfected a grievance machine that converts deep-seated outrage on the right into fundraising dollars and new support. As Trump confronts the gravest threat to his presidency yet, his campaign is stoking — and monetizing — the anger of a Republican base that has long seen the president as under siege.

With the White House choosing to forgo an impeachment-focused war room, much of the messaging is being outsourced to the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee. The two organizations, working closely with one another, have sent out dozens of statements, tweets, and video clips designed to cast the president as the prey of a Democratic Party out to destroy him. On Monday, the RNC unveiled a rapid response program focused on impeachment.

Not the key points. In a very short period of time they have analyzed the situation, decided that the best way of keeping unity in Congress is by firing up the Republican base rather than sucking , and they are working like maniacs to do that…and raising money in the process.

Compare and contrast:

Democrats have generally been more reluctant to fundraise off impeachment, though several Democratic candidates have sent out appeals tied to the investigation. Spokespersons for the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said they’d taken steps to raise money from their supporters but declined to provide specifics on how much they’d taken in.

Some Democrats express discomfort about the prospect of financially capitalizing off what they describe as a serious process.

“Democrats just aren’t as motivated and excited by the specter of removing the president as they are by soundly defeating him next year. And there’s a conscious effort to avoid overly politicizing a legal process,” said Daniel Scarvalone, a veteran Democratic digital strategist. “I wouldn’t be shocked if Democrats continued to tiptoe around the issue, because there just isn’t as much upside for it as there is for Republicans.”

This, of course, is bullsh**. The reason they are reluctant to capitalize on it is because they know their House majority is dependent upon a small number of Democrats who flipped GOP seats in Red and Purple districts and they don’t want to make those folks run on impeachment. They also know that about half the country opposes impeachment. And there is some truth in the fact that joyfully celebrating impeachment makes it look exactly like the shabby, scrofulous partisan act that it is rather than some high-minded defense of the Republic.

But that is only part of the story. The real story here is the way the Trump campaign can move from concept to action.

Brad Parscale had just boarded a Jet Blue flight earlier this month when the paper straw he was using ripped in half.

As he tried to keep his iced tea from spilling onto his suit, the annoyed Trump campaign manager tweeted that he was “so over paper straws.” Prodded by his wife not to leave it at that, Parscale emailed his staff from the air with an idea: Let’s sell plastic Trump straws.

In short order, the campaign sent an email to supporters with the subject line, “Making straws great again.” By the time Parscale landed in Florida, the presidential straws were already in production and an advertising campaign was up and running. The first batch sold out within hours.

No meetings. No focus groups. No consultations with enviro-whackos about what Greenpeace will think of this. Just see the opening and act.

Trump may be impeached by the House but he will not be convicted by the Senate. This certainty gives them options that the Democrats do not enjoy.

Unlike the 2016 campaign when Trump had to rely upon a wide variety of grifters to run his campaign–some foisted off on him by the GOPe and some who’d clung to him like lint to Velcro for sometime…he goes into 2020 surrounded by people he trusts and who’ve had their baptism of fire, who’ve spent their time in the pressure cooker. They are loyal and you don’t find the self-serving leaks coming out of Parscale’s operation that bedeviled Trump in 2016. In short, they have the ability to work inside OODA loop of the Democrats, to capitalize on blunders and to do damage control.

If Trump wins in 2020, the real story will be how his campaign was able to act with great decisiveness to good and bad news and turn it into votes and money.

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Watch: Warren Dips, Dodges, Ducks, Dives, and Dodges Answering If She’ll Raise Middle Class Taxes

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., winks as she jokes with other senators on the Senate Banking Committee ahead of a hearing on the nomination of Marvin Goodfriend to be a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Democratic primary candidate for the 2020 presidential election and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is going to raise your taxes if she gets into office.

We know this because she’s doing everything in her power to not answer the very simple and direct question as to whether or not she is. What she wants to do instead is give you flowery talk about how “Medicare for all” is going to bring your overall medical costs down, but doesn’t want to talk about the messy business of how she plans to pay for it.

Which is, of course, raising taxes on the middle class.

The Washington Free Beacon put together a pretty nice little supercut of all the times Warren was asked point-blank if she’ll raise taxes on the middle class and you can watch her play a game of dodgeball with the question. Even people like “Hardball” host Chris Matthews seems to get frustrated with Warren’s refusal to address the question directly.

One thing that Warren has firmly established is that a White House with her in the Oval Office is going to cost you a lot of money. Not only is she going to raise taxes to pay for all the “free” stuff she plans on giving away, but she’s also going to come down hard on the businesses as well in order to make those dastardly job providers cough up their “fair share.”

So much so that even big Democrat donors are threatening the DNC that they’ll walk away and sign on with President Donald Trump for his 2020 campaign in the general election if she wins the Democratic primary.

(READ: Big Democrat Donors Threaten To Switch To Trump If Elizabeth Warren Wins The 2020 Nomination)

While Warren has momentum within the gaggle of primary candidates, it’s unlikely that she’s going to win a general election against Trump who continuously receives support in the form huge cash donations, packed rallies, and rising poll numbers.

Warren can’t even keep dyed in the wool Democrat donors.

 

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