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Spare Me the Faux Outrage Over Trump’s Comments on Foreign Opposition Research

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Last night culminated with a collective freakout across the political world after Donald Trump decided to not gaslight the country like every other politicians when it comes to accepting opposition research from foreign sources.

CNN’s Jake Tapper ran to Twitter to post this, obviously expecting not to get a real answer.

It took about ten seconds for these recent examples to be shared.

While Schiff says he’d report it to the FBI in the call, he never actually did. Later, it would be revealed that he had gotten pranked. Schiff was clearly eager to get the information.

This entire argument is dumb and simply partisan politics. There’s no moral, nor legal imperative that if a German (for example) offers documented wrongdoing by your opponent, you must immediately turn it over to the FBI and not use it. We live in a global society. Negative information about political candidates comes from all corners and travels far and wide via the internet. This is especially true given how internationally connected and active many Presidential candidates are. If someone does something untoward in a foreign country, it’s logical that a foreign source would be the one to find out.

How stupid is this? Ask yourself when the last time a press member reported themselves and a source to the FBI after a foreigner leaked materials to them? There’s no logical difference here. The media are not a being unto themselves with special carve outs when it comes to free speech and association.

Both sides take information from wherever they can get it. Period. I’m simply not into arbitrary judgements and one-sided outrage.

Neither is Lindsey Graham apparently, who has actually sparred with Trump recently on arms sales (so he does still oppose the President at times) but decided to lay down some truth over this topic.

This is yet another example of the media and Democrats wanting Republicans to play by different rules.

You see, it’s perfectly fine to pay a foreign spy to use Russian government sources (including FSB agents) to put together opposition research on Trump. It’s also completely acceptable for the DNC to seek out help from Ukraine to come up with dirt on Paul Manafort in order to hurt Trump.

But Trump answers a hypothetical honestly instead of choosing to lie like every other politician and it’s time to clutch the pearls.

Sorry, I’m not taking my outrage cues from the same people who haven’t found it prudent to dedicate even a minute to condemning the Democrats use of foreign information in 2016.

I might feel differently if consistent, coherent rules on this kind of thing existed but they don’t. I’m certainly not going to mindlessly endorse whatever the media decides is good or bad depending on their partisan wishes.

I also realize there’s a certain segment of the right who are very “disturbed” by Trump’s comments. It’s time to wake up and stop thinking it’s 1955 still. Campaigns get opposition research from wherever they can get it and no one is turning down information from foreign sources these days. We already have statutes that deal with criminal conspiracy. Those are sufficient.

When CNN, MSNBC, Jake Tapper, The Washington Post, and whoever else want to start spending significant time on Democrat actions dealing with foreign sourced materials, then maybe I’ll change my mind on this. Until then, spare me the faux outrage.

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De Blasio: DNC Rules “Limit the Diversity” of Presidential Debates – Because He May Not Qualify

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D). Screen grab via NY1.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) was recently interviewed by NY1 on a variety of topics including the deadly helicopter crash in the city that claimed the life of the pilot, as well the possibility that he may not be included in upcoming Democratic presidential debates.

The Mayor left people scratching their heads after complaining that the DNC’s debate qualification rules “limited the diversity” and “inclusiveness” of debates – because he may not qualify for some of them due to low polling numbers and lack of a solid donor base.

The New York Post reports:

During an appearance on NY1, Hizzoner said he feels “very good” about his chances of qualifying for the Democratic presidential primary debates in Miami later this month as he’s met a 1% polling threshold.

However, de Blasio’s toned soured when asked about a 130,000-donor threshold the DNC has set for debates being held Sept. 12-13 at a location yet to be determined.

“That’s a huge number, and I appreciate the impulse, but I think we have to ask the question: is this going to limit the debate and limit the diversity of the field and limit the options for voters in a way that’s unhelpful?” he told “NY1’s Errol Louis.

He also said that the DNC needed to remember “that we’re always better off being inclusive.”

Watch video of his interview below:

De Blasio has officially been in the race for only about a month, but his bid for president is seen as a long shot by political observers.

Hot Air‘s Jazz Shaw, a New Yorker, had some advice for the Mayor:

But if Bill is seriously worried about the diversity of the field (which already has every gender, race and sexual orientation covered) there are ways you could ensure the diversity factor was as strong as possible. Maybe a couple of the straight white males could drop out. Talk about a chance to lead by example, Mr. Mayor!

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Vox “Journalist” Tries to Clown on Trump, Ends Up Exposing How Ignorant He Is

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Sometimes it’s best to just not say anything. Vox’s Aaron Rupar, purportedly a “journalist,” hasn’t learned that lesson.

Today, Donald Trump gave a speech in Iowa where he hit on some of the struggles that rural Americans are dealing with as they produce much of the food you and I enjoy daily. At one point, Trump starts to discuss improvements to broadband in their areas and how many farms in Iowa don’t have the proper connectivity for their tractors. This extends to 3G/4G wireless internet coverage as well, which is incredibly spotty in the midwest.

This had Rupar thinking he had a solid own of Trump on tap. You see, he said tractors can’t connect to the internet. What a moron, am I right?

His first statement on tariffs is not really correct either. Yes, costs can theoretically be passed onto American consumers if the market will bear it, but it is still a tax on Chinese corporations and does hurt them. There’s a reason Mexico caved to Trump’s recent tariff threats over immigration and it’s not because they just wanted to do him a solid.

But it’s the second tweet that has the video and comment dealing with tractors and internet connectivity. You can watch the clip and see exactly what Trump said, but my description above is an accurate portrayal.

Rupar, being your typical North Eastern bubble dweller calls what Trump says bizarre and tries to play it off as another “omgz, how dumb is Trump” moment.

If you’ve been alive anywhere outside of New York or D.C. in the past ten years though, you know how ill-informed Rupar’s comment is.

In fact, I can remember well over a decade ago going to an Uncles house and checking out some of the new equipment at his neighbor’s farm. At the time, GPS was being used to ensure precision plowing and planting. Today, internet connectivity in tractors at even smaller operations is becoming the norm to run all kinds of new features to keep things moving smoothly.

The lack of broadband and wireless connectivity in the areas where some of these farms are is a real problem and hurts efficiency.

Despite the clear stupidity of Rupar’s comment, the usual suspects still fell for it.

What this shows is just how out of touch many of these press personalities are. They’ve probably never been within 500 feet of tractor, much less do they know about the technological improvements currently in them.

It’s cliched but worth repeating. This is why Trump won.

People are sick of being looked down on by people in a few major cities who have no idea how their avocado toast ends up at their $10 a drink cafe. All over the country, people do different jobs to provide a higher standard of living for all of us and clowns like Rupar think they are superior because they can write a few hundred words a day and snark on Twitter.

Vox is just a joke of an outlet. They are not only biased, but routinely display a level of ignorant arrogance that is only rivaled by some personalities on CNN. Maybe Rupar will think before he tweets next time or at least try google first, but I doubt it.

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Video: Rep. Norma Torres (D) Cheapens Abortion Debate on House Floor, Calls Male Pro-Lifers “Sex-Starved”

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Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA-35) speaks on the floor of the U.S. House – 6/12/19. Screen grab via C-SPAN.

I thought I’d seen it all when it came to Democrat women infantilizing the abortion debate, but what happened on the floor of the U.S. House today just might take the cake.

Roll Call reports:

A routine House debate nearly exploded Wednesday when California Democrat Norma J. Torres implied her Republican colleagues were “sex-starved males” for opposing abortion.

“Mr. Speaker, it is tiring to hear from so many sex-starved males on this floor talk about a woman’s right to choose,” Torres said as lawmakers debated a rule setting up amendment consideration for a four-bill spending package that includes funding for public health programs.

Torres, one of the newest members of the House Rules Committee, clearly broke House Rules — members cannot personally impugn their colleagues on the floor.

Watch video of Torres speaking on the House floor, and what happened after, below:

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Plus, isn’t this kinda like reverse sexism or something? Writer Jeryl Bier made an excellent point in this regard on Twitter earlier:

As I’ve written previously, La. Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) is pro-life for very personal reasons – reasons that have nothing to do with being “sex-starved.”

Not only that, but there are many other pro-life male politicians on both sides of the aisle who are also fathers. Some are brothers, uncles, nephews, cousins. They aren’t pro-life because they want to “control women.” Nor are they pro-life because they are “sex-starved.” They are pro-life because they can’t imagine life without their loved ones.

Democrats and their feminist allies want you to believe these men have “no standing” in the abortion debate. That’s just wrong. All voices matter in this debate.

The irony of it all is that Torres’s belief in abortion on demand benefits “sex-starved” liberal males who support a woman’s “right to choose” because it gets them off the hook.

Don’t look for that inconvenient fact to be mentioned by Torres on the House floor, though. Wouldn’t get her near the applause, “you go, girl!” praises, favorable media mentions, and likes/RTs.

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Joe Biden Promises To Cure Cancer

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Joe Biden Promises To Cure Cancer

I was up early this morning listening to different news programs. I just barely caught the end of a segment on Breitbart News daily. Host Alex Marlowe referred to former. Vice President Joe Biden said that if elected we would cure cancer. I wasn’t sure I heard right, but I was actually able to confirm the statement. From Fox News

Former Vice President Joe Biden made a bold promise on Tuesday to “cure cancer” if he is elected president in 2020

“That’s why I’ve worked so hard in my career to make sure that… I promise you if I’m elected president, you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America, we’re gonna cure cancer,” Biden declared.

I’m not sure which way to take this one. On one hand, it smacks of using his dead son (who died of cancer) to score political points. Another side could be that he is just incredibly stupid. As any oncologist will tell you, cancer isn’t just one disease. It covers a whole range off afflictions. I’m not sure that we could cure (all) cancer, even if we put the entire Federal budget towards the effort.

Some of the talk show discussions I heard had conservatives demanding that the Democrats toss him from the Democrat Primary Race. Personally, I think that’s a bad idea. The last thing we want, is Biden to shut up. Let him talk…all the way to second place in 2020.

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Poll: Democrats Want La. Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) Primaried – Because He’s Pro-Life

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The Democrat purging of pro-life liberals continues.

The latest example comes from Louisiana, where a recent poll shows that young Democrats in the state want their Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards primaried – because he’s pro-life.

The Free Beacon reports:

A poll of registered Democratic voters conducted by We Ask America just days after the [fetal heartbeat] bill was signed into law found that 81 percent of respondents were already aware of Edwards’s decision, with a whopping 92 percent of young registered voters saying they knew about the legislation. Unsurprisingly, 60 percent of respondents said they opposed his abortion stance, including 80 percent of young voters.

Many are so displeased with Edwards that they want him to pay for his abortion stance with a primary challenge, the poll found. Forty-two percent of Democrats and 64 percent of young Democrats said they would like another Democratic candidate to be on the ballot in October.

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The Free Beacon reported last week that Democrats in the state legislature are aware of the political problem the abortion issue causes Edwards and made a “strategic decision” to delay a major abortion ballot initiative.

It’s unclear how many of those same Democrats know the reason why Edwards is pro-life:

The Democrat’s anti-abortion stance stems from his wife’s pregnancy nearly 30 years ago. A doctor discovered their daughter, Samantha, had spina bifida and encouraged an abortion, but the couple refused.

Samantha is now married and works as a school counselor, according to the outlet.

“In eight years in the legislature, I was a pro-life legislator, 100 percent with the Louisiana Right to Life,” Edwards said during a Thursday press conference. “When I ran for governor, I said I was pro-life and so that’s something that’s consistent.”

Per Wikipedia, the Louisiana gubernatorial primary will be held on October 12, 2019 under what’s called a “jungle primary” system:

Under Louisiana’s jungle primary system, all candidates appear on the same ballot, regardless of party, and voters may vote for any candidate, regardless of their party affiliation. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote during the primary election on October 12, 2019, a runoff election will be held on November 16, 2019, between the top two candidates in the primary.[1]

Polling from a month ago showed Edwards well ahead of the two Republicans challenging him, but per The Hill “[Edwards] has not yet secured a threshold that would allow him to avoid a runoff.”

That poll was also taken before Edwards signed the fetal heartbeat bill into law.

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Facebook’s Fake Video Policy Put to the Test After Someone Makes One of Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook made headlines recently when it declined to remove a video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that was altered to make her voice sound like she was intoxicated, choosing instead to “de-prioritize” the misleading video, and post it alongside third-party fact checker content. Now, a fake video of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been created and uploaded to Facebook-owned Instagram, putting the policy to the test.

According to Motherboard, the video was created by artists Bill Posters and Daniel Howe, working with advertising company Canny, using a type of video dialogue replacement (VDR) technology that Canny developed. The videos created by this type of technology are sometimes referred to as “deepfake” videos, because they adapt real footage combined with faked dialogue in order to fool the viewer.

The video, still viewable directly on Instagram at the time this article was written, features Zuckerberg sitting at a desk speaking about Facebook’s power and control over users’ data, as chyrons that say “We’re increasing transparency on ads” are displayed on the screen. The chyrons and professional-looking set up of the video, plus Zuckerberg’s recognizable face, make the video seem official at first glance.

The video footage was originally pulled from comments Zuckerberg made in September 2017 about Russian election interference on Facebook. The deepfake video shows Zuckerberg bragging about being “one man, with total control of billions of people’s stolen data, all their secrets, their lives, their futures.”

It’s sinister and creepy, and completely fake — but in a way that directly hits at many people’s fears about Facebook and how they manage the immense amount of private user data they gather.

When the controversy erupted over the altered Pelosi video, Facebook director of public policy Neil Potts had said that they would treat a similarly doctored video of Zuckerberg, they would treat it in the same manner: allow the video to remain posted, but minimize its promotion and provide fact checking context.

So far, the Zuckerberg video remains up, the original along with several repostings by other accounts. An Instagram spokesperson told Motherboard that the video would be treated “the same way we treat all misinformation on Instagram…If third-party fact-checkers mark it as false, we will filter it from Instagram’s recommendation surfaces like Explore and hashtag pages.”

I was able to find the video and several reposts of it by searching directly for some of the hashtags in the original video caption, and there is no warning label directly on the original post by the Bill Posters account.

This video directly included several labels indicating it was not accurate content, including #deepfake, so it’s arguably not as misleading as the Pelosi video, which was presented as an accurate rendering of her speech. Facebook’s willingness to tolerate deepfake videos may not be as lenient if future misrepresentations of their founder are not so clearly labeled as fake.

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Video: Marco Rubio Zings the Hypocrisy of CEOs Threatening Boycotts of Pro-Life States

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As Red State‘s Brandon Morse wrote earlier this week, 180 CEOs – including Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Bloomberg chair Peter Grauer – signed on to a “Don’t Ban Equality” campaign that is designed to put economic pressure on conservative states to stop passing pro-life legislation.

A quick recap, via Fox Business:

Business leaders at nearly 200 companies signed a letter Monday calling abortion bans “bad for business” after several states, including Georgia and Alabama, signed legislation tightening restrictions on the procedure.

The letter, which appeared as a full-page ad in the Monday edition of The New York Times under the titled “Don’t Ban Equality,” Opens a New Window. called on companies to “stand up for reproductive health care.” CEOs from media, fashion, beauty, food and tech companies were among those listed as signatories.

“Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers,” the letter stated. “Simply put, it goes against our values, and is bad for business.”

During an interview with Rule of Law Defense Fund yesterday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called out the blatant hypocrisy of some of the CEOs who engage in these type of boycott campaigns. Here’s what he said (transcribed):

“It’s funny to me. Boycotts are one of the favorite tools of the left, including the corporate left. So yesterday, 170 CEOs signed a letter condemning some abortion laws that have been passed in a number of states. We’ve seen in the past, efforts against North Carolina led by the corporate community.

It’s funny. These companies have no problem — these same voices — have no problem leading boycott efforts as a result of laws passed by the democratically-elected legislatures of American U.S. states. On the other hand, they are the first ones to come up here and argue ‘oh, we can’t cut off economic relations with fill-in-the-blank authoritarian country, China, Saudi Arabia, whoever it might be.’”

Continuing to mimic these CEOs, Rubio continued: ‘I don’t care that they have a camp with a million Uighur Muslims interned and forced labor and quote-unquote re-education. We want to do business there. I don’t care that women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. We want to do business there.’

“So these same companies who have no problem being the voice of moral authority when it comes to imposing boycotts as a result of laws passed by the democratically-elected legislatures of American states, they have no problem being the voice of open and free economic engagement with authoritarian countries that have real, documented, persistent human rights violations.”

Watch video of his remarks below:

Rubio is 100% correct here, and his mentioning of North Carolina hit home to me, as a lifelong resident of the state and someone who was right in the thick pushing back against the activist/corporate left’s relentless econmic boycott campaign over the HB2 “bathroom bill” in 2016.

I pointed out the virtue-signaling hypocrisy of the NBA, who threatened an All-Star Game boycott of the state at the time, as well as the double standards of the activist left:

The NBA is content with punishing North Carolina for a bill protecting women and children while it rakes in billions from expanding operations in countries with brutal human rights records against men, women, and children. The NBA’s sudden concern is not genuine; it’s a product of pressure by the left-wing outrage machine.

Then, the radical activist left in North Carolina, who normally are absolute purists on issues related to “fair and living wages” and “safe spaces for women,” applaud the NBA for threatening the economic livelihoods of their fellow residents.

Go figure.

Some things never change.

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The AP Goes to Bat for Ilhan Omar As Her Tax Fraud Scandal Widens

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Last week, we were given the news that Ilhan Omar had committed campaign finance violations, something investigative voices on the right had been saying for a while.

It took an announcement by the Minnesota campaign finance officials to finally get a few mainstream outlets to notice. Then things got worse, as it became clear that part of the entire scheme involved her filing joint tax returns with someone she wasn’t married to, all while simultaneously being married to another man.

Redstate Senior Managing Editor streiff covered that story.

When the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board released its report requiring the pro-terrorist, anti-American, anti-Semitic bigot who happens to represent Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional to pay nearly $3,500 in fines and restitution for diverting campaign contributions to her own personal use, they buried the lede. Apparently, she not only scammed her contributors to enrich herself, she also engaged is several years of calculated income tax fraud.

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So for at least two years, Omar committed tax fraud. As streiff points out though, the investigators were only interested in the years she received donations. There’s a very good chance the fraud goes back even further.

If this were a Republican, it’d be huge news. As it stands, I’m not even sure CNN has reported on it and the only mention from a major paper I’ve seen is The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake retweeting a local report covering the scam.

The Associate Press did finally put out a story on the ordeal, but decided to use it’s position to essentially shill for Omar. Instead of an investigative piece on her wrongdoing as you’d see with any other non-liberal politician, they found an “expert” to do a Q&A with who is sure to paint a picture of Omar being in the clear.

Despite the mainstream press’ desire to bury this story, Omar’s hometown paper has a bit of a harsher (but not too harsh) take. While they are extremely pro-Democratic party, the Star Tribune’s editorial board took the Congresswoman to task for her continual drama.

It’s against the law in Minnesota to file jointly unless one filer is legally married to the other. Last year Omar told the Star Tribune that she had married her partner “in her faith,” and had earlier divorced her first husband “in her faith.” That’s fine for religious purposes. But for tax purposes, only civil marriages qualify. It’s not known whether she benefited materially by filing jointly. That is something that voters, who are obliged to follow tax laws no matter how painful, are entitled to know.

Omar’s excuse has been to say she was divorced and remarried in her “faith.” The IRS doesn’t care about that though, or they wouldn’t if Omar weren’t part of the privileged class. She broke the law, period.

Omar’s political rise has been marred by a series of unforced errors, including intemperate remarks and tweets earlier this year that were widely perceived as anti-Semitic. Every month seems to bring a fresh problem.

You can sense that patience is running out. I don’t know if this means Omar will face serious challengers in 2020, but the possibility is strong.

In the end, Omar will likely skate because that’s what all liberal politicians tend to do. There’s no logical reason why she shouldn’t be staring down an indictment right now.

There is some sweet, sweet irony in all this though. After crying about Trump’s tax returns, Omar (and Democrats) are now left scrambling to excuse the fact that she won’t release her tax information to show exactly what was going on. If you go on Twitter, this is a good characterization of the liberal response.

Liberals a week ago: “Donald Trump is a tax cheat and should be in prison despite me having no evidence of that!”

Liberals today: “Nobody cares about tax fraud, rube!”

Republicans should keep pressing on this issue. Omar shouldn’t be anywhere near Congress and seeing her ousted in 2020 would be a good thing. Don’t let the media dictate the terms here. Go hard and don’t worry about getting called a bigot. They are going to do that anyway.

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After Calling for Trump’s Impeachment, Rep. Justin Amash Is Getting Crushed In New Primary Polling

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Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) has decided to make die on the hill of calling for Trump’s impeachment and he might just get his wish.

As I shared some weeks back, his reasoning is spotty (at best) and comes with an admission by Amash that he’s relying heavily on subjective political determinations. That’s fine from a legal standpoint. Impeachment is indeed a political process. But it’s pretty nonsensical for a Republican to decide he wants to impeach a Republican president because of a breach of the “public trust” and other completely arbitrary measures that have never been used before.

Impeachment has historically been pushed to go after actual criminal activity. While Amash can technically support impeachment for any reason, it should surprise no one that Republicans wouldn’t take kindly to him deciding to wield it as a political weapon. Those maneuvers are usually reserved for the opposition party.

Now, it looks like Amash may be in search of a new job come 2021.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

While some commentators on the right will decry this as proof of that Trump voters are just out to punish anyone who opposes Trump, I think that’s a pretty stupid take. There’s a difference between general opposition on various policy factors and pushing the impeachment of a President from your own party for specious reasons.

If you are going to do that, you better have rock solid, unquestioned evidence of criminal wrongdoing and Amash doesn’t have that. No one should expect to do what Amash is doing and remain unscathed, nor should they. Anyone on the right pretending it’s crazy for voters to be upset over this needs to step out of their bubble once and a while.

There are some lines you shouldn’t cross and still expect to be part of the team. Amash has crossed that line. Call it whatever, but I think it’s disingenuous to pretend this is unique to Trump or his voters. If this were George W. Bush being targeted, GOP voters would be reacting the same way to an attempted insurrection within the party.

It should surprise no one that Republicans would oppose someone on their own side trying to impeach a Republican President over complaints of decency and hypotheticals over obstruction that don’t pan out. But, as I’ve said before, I think Amash is doing this to raise his profile, not out of any serious principled stand. If that were the case, he’d have called for Obama’s impeachment over various breaches of the public trust and he never did.

Amash may not even end up running for Congress again. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he bowed out and took the only path he has left to take to save him from irrelevancy, i.e. he’ll try to primary Trump. Sure, he’ll fail spectacularly, but he’ll get plaudits along the way and maybe end up with a gig on MSNBC. That’s something I suppose.

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