REPORT: So Far The Biggest Winner Of The Democrat Debates Is President Trump.

The clown-car showdown continued this week as one Democrat candidate after another attempted to convince the hard-left they were the most socialist among them all. From outright “vote for me and I’ll pay you money” promises to ludicrous views on taxes, national defense, and consistent anti-Americanism, it has left even those in the far-left media wondering how any of these people could possibly win the 2020 Election against President Trump.

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Via Golka. com

“…The bigger problem for Democrats is that the theory behind the Biden candidacy is wrong, probably because it is based on a Democratic anti-Trump talking point that has hardened into dogma. Mr. Trump, the argument goes, is America’s crazy old white uncle but America elected him anyway. Well, not America, the narrative continues, but downscale whites in the Rust Belt, the bitter clingers and deplorables who are rapidly becoming the Republican base as the Democrats become the party of the rich and their retainers. So if a crazy uncle is what it takes to win those states right now, then we’ll get our own crazy uncle and it just so happens his nickname is Uncle Joe, he was born in Scranton, Pa., and he was Mr. Obama’s vice president. What could go wrong? That’s the way public relations people think. It’s not the way voters think.

Once the general election campaign really starts, the dynamics change from what we saw on the debate stage. And there the issues still favor Mr. Trump. Ms. Warren’s government monopoly on health care is a tough sell. She was right to say that she has never met anyone who loves their health insurance company, but not many people who have health insurance want to get rid of it. Gun control is very popular with the Democratic base, but much less so in western Pennsylvania and rural Michigan and Wisconsin, where this election may be decided. Likewise with the Green New Deal, reparations and the whole progressive social justice agenda.

…When it came to the other candidates, I couldn’t shake the sense that they were role-playing the version of themselves they had read about in a friendly profile of their campaign or that came in a briefing book. Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro both played their parts perfectly, genuflecting to the gods of multiculturalism by speaking Spanish during the debate. Andrew Yang told us, “I am Asian, so I know a lot of doctors” and pushed a $12,000-per-year sweepstakes for 10 lucky families because he’s the rich novelty candidate from Silicon Valley. The only thing that would have been more in character is if he had said the payments would be made in Bitcoin.

Among the other candidates, Cory Booker wound us up with another anecdote about some person he met as soon as he moved to Newark, while Pete Buttigieg tried to maintain the imperial, aloof self-confidence of the Rhodes scholar who became the mayor of a small Midwestern city and defies stereotypes. It all seemed too packaged, too planned, too in character. Slick, consultant-driven, focus-group-tested, too-perfect candidates seem less believable these days when the best candidates let loose on social media and connect directly with voters.

But the question on which all of this turns remains the same: How do these candidates and these issues play in the handful of states that will decide the election? Arizona and other Democratic dream states probably remain out of reach. But in the upper Midwest the election will again turn on issues of economic security and American identity. Rust Belt voters have seen their communities decimated first by deindustrialization and the exportation of their jobs and are now dealing with the fallout in the form of opiate addiction, alcohol abuse and increased suicide rates.

They are looking for a president with a plan not just to alleviate their immediate economic need with a handout, but to rebuild the country’s economy in a way that encourages the growth and security of the middle class and restores a sense of confidence in the American nation. Elizabeth Warren is interesting because she correctly identifies many of the challenges facing the broad middle class, but this is still ground that favors Mr. Trump if he returns to the issues that worked in 2016.

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Hong Kong Protesters Go Silent In Honor Of Anniversary of September 11th Attacks

They are a new generation of Chinese citizens speaking out against the tyranny of the long-ruling communist regime and unlike the fake protesters so common here in America, in China to protest is to literally risk your life. They have cheered America’s ideals of freedom and opportunity, waved the U.S. flag, applauded President Trump, and asked for the prayers of the American people.

Today, on the anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attacks against the United States, these protesters have gone silent in honor of those who lost their lives on that terrible day. It is an act of solidarity and respect from those who dream that their country might soon embrace the freedom so many here take for granted.

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Below is video footage from earlier where protesters showed their love of America and President Trump. One cannot help but wonder if those two things are why the far-left U.S. media has only given the protests lukewarm news coverage:


 

REPORT: The Difference Between President Trump and the Fake Politicians

He’s unlike anyone we’ve seen elected POTUS in quite some time. A largely self-made American success story who has given up a billionaire’s life of luxury for one of service to the country he clearly loves so much.

Beloved by millions, despised by the elites, Donald Trump is an America-First warrior who dares to keep his promises to the men and women of America.

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Via The Washington Times:

The story is as old as politics and sports.

A politician goes campaigning in a far-off land and seeks to gin up the audience by invoking local, beloved sports lore — only to get it all wrong.

Sure as the Washington Redskins will lose their next game, those voters punish the politician 10 times more grievously for that single sports gaffe than if he had, say, blundered some vitally important fact about deficits or nuclear weaponry.

In 2004, John Kerry was in Wisconsin when he butchered the name of the Green Bay Packers’ hallowed Lambeau Field, calling the stadium “Lambert” Field.

In 2012, Mitt Romney — the Republican version of John Kerry — tried to show his race track cred at the Daytona 500 by declaring his devotion to NASCAR.

“I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners.”

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Clunk.

And in perhaps the greats sports pander of all time, Chicago-born Hillary Clinton threw her lifelong beloved Cubs under the team bus and pledged fealty to the New York Yankees — just as she was gearing up to run for the Senate.

“The fact is, I’ve always been a Yankees fan,” she said at the time. As always, with the Clintons, the tell for when they are lying is when they say “truth” or “fact.”

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Then along comes President Trump, for whom all the laws of politics seem to be suspended.

At a rollicking campaign rally in North Carolina on Monday, Mr. Trump decided to talk some football. Not an altogether bad choice in the land of the Carolina Panthers.

“Tom Brady had a pretty good game the other night, right?” he said somewhat tentatively, referring to the New England Patriots’ longtime star quarterback and the savage 33-3 beat down he delivered to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Surprisingly, a number of Trump supporters cheered, though some in the audience gamely booed.

Unfazed, Mr. Trump continued to prod and needle the crowd.

“How good a coach — whether you like it or not, and I know you’re North Carolina — but how good a coach, in all fairness, right, is Coach Belichick?”

The crowd’s cheers dimmed, perhaps growing tired of the president’s taunting game. After all, the Patriots have won six Super Bowls. The Carolina Panthers haven’t won their first.

“I know you want to be cool,” Mr. Trump told his hushing fans. “But he’s pretty good, right? We have to appreciate genius. We all like genius.”

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And then he dropped it.

Within a minute, Mr. Trump was back to talking about guns and God and glory and the raucous crowd was back to swinging from the rafters and hooting their lungs out for their “favorite president.”

That scene perfectly sums up the difference between Mr. Trump and all the fakers and frauds who came before him. Mr. Kerry’s “Lambert” Field flub and Mr. Romney’s NASCAR car wreck revealed what monumental fakers both men are.

Like many politicians, they were trying to be something they were not — and completely exposed themselves.

Mr. Trump never tries to be something he is not. He is always focused on selling himself as the consistent same product wherever he is. The conversations he has with people in private are pretty much the exact same conversations he has with people in public.

Mrs. Clinton’s naked pandering between Chicago and New York reveals what political whores the Clintons have always been. They can be trusted by absolutely no one.

Mr. Trump, on the other hand, cherishes the opportunity to speak the hard truth, even when people don’t want to hear it. It’s why so many people cringe over his “impolitic” comments.

The reason Mr. Trump’s North Carolina supporters did not cheer Bill Belichick’s name is not because they think he is a terrible coach. They didn’t cheer his name because they know President Trump was telling them the hard truth about how good a coach he really is.

President Trump’s purposeful foray into the politics of football may have cost him some momentary cheers there in North Carolina. But it reminded everyone how much he loves to win and what a “stable genius” he is.

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For first time EVER, most new working-age hires in the U.S. are people of color thanks to Trump economy.

It’s yet another significant minority success story the far-left media would rather not talk about. (though even the Washington Post couldn’t ignore this one!) No president has ever generated more jobs for minorities (and women) than President Trump. In fact, the number of new jobs for people of color is outpacing those for white Americans. This remarkable transformation is a stark difference to the Obama years that saw minority unemployment skyrocket and black and Hispanic communities decimated by the plagues of poverty and resulting crime.

In 2016 Donald Trump promised minority voters he wouldn’t rest until their lives were made better.

It is undeniable he has delivered on that promise to a degree far greater than anyone but he could have imagined.

Via WAPO:

When Mónica Hernández told her husband that her 2019 New Year’s resolution was to go back to work, he was surprised. He kept asking her if that’s what she really wanted to do. She had been out of the workforce for a year after a difficult pregnancy and the birth of their first child.

“I want to put my brain to use,” Hernández told her husband. “Now my son is here, and it makes me want to do even more.”

Hernández, 28, landed a job this spring as a part-time receptionist at Impressions Pediatric Therapy in Maryland, making her part of a surge of Hispanic and African American women who are entering the workforce amid one of the hottest labor markets in U.S. history.

Today, she earns $15 an hour, a big jump from the $9-an-hour cashier jobs she once thought would be her working life. Clients like that Hernández is bilingual, and the owner of the fast-growing therapy practice just offered her a full-time position.

The surge of minority women getting jobs has helped push the U.S. workforce across a historic threshold. For the first time, most new hires of prime working age (25 to 54) are people of color, according to a Washington Post analysis of data the Labor Department began collecting in the 1970s. Minority hires overtook white hires last year.

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President Trump loves people regardless of race or gender. He has devoted the sunset years of his life to giving back as much to as many to a degree no other national political figure has ever done before him. Where the political class normally comes to Washington D.C. to make money for themselves, Donald Trump did so to improve opportunities for everyone else. To date, estimates indicate he has lost nearly a billion dollars in personal worth due to his time as President of the United States.

Is there any other politician you can you say that about?

If the media was not so corrupt, if more people took just a little time to learn the truth, Donald Trump would rightfully be the most beloved president in our lifetimes.


 

President Trump Prepares To Flip Blue States in 2020 As “Democrats for Trump” Movement Grows

President Donald Trump is much more popular with the American people than the far-left Establishment Media would have anyone know. (Remember all those polls calling for a Hillary Clinton landslide in 2016?)

Now, as a clown-car gathering of Democrat candidates scramble to win their party’s nomination, President Trump is quietly but methodically doing the hard work of expanding his already significant voter base across America including a number of pivotal blue states.

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Via TIME:

When President Donald Trump steps on stage for a campaign rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico next week, even his own campaign staffers know he will be facing long odds. A Republican candidate for President hasn’t won the state since 2004 when George W. Bush beat John Kerry there by a margin of just 5,988 votes. Trump himself lost the state by eight points to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and his disapproval rating among registered voters there is a crushing 57%, according to the Morning Consult voter tracking poll.

Nonetheless, Trump’s campaign is betting it can win in New Mexico. Flush with cash, the campaign is planning to announce a state director and additional ground staff there in the coming weeks, a campaign official tells TIME. Internal campaign data has convinced Trump’s political advisors they can energize a slice of the state’s Hispanic voters to vote for Trump in 2020 by emphasizing Trump’s handling of the economy, border security and his trade confrontation with China. According to U.S. Census data, 49.1 percent of New Mexico’s residents identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino.

…Trump’s political strategists say they aren’t carving out a new path to 270 electoral votes and instead want to run up the score. In the 2016 race, the Trump campaign didn’t have the luxury of time or a huge war chest. “Last time we had a better air game than ground game,” Kushner says. “This time, we’ve had a couple of years to prepare. We’ve refined our data and political operation. We’ve invested $50 to $60 million over the last couple of years to make the data significantly better.”

…Not all the blue states are long shots like New Mexico. While the GOP hasn’t won Minnesota since Richard Nixon took the state during his landslide victory in 1972, Trump lost to Clinton there in 2016 by a slim 1.5 percentage points. The Trump campaign hired a full-time state director in June and saw an uptick in Republican voter registrations in recent months.

The Trump campaign is also building out substantial ground operations in New Hampshire, where Trump lost by less than 1%, and Nevada, where Trump trailed Clinton by 2.4%. In both states, Trump was on the ticket with Senate candidates, Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire and Joe Heck in Nevada, who distanced themselves from Trump. The Trump campaign and the RNC have told local party officials in those states they hope more unified support for Trump could help increase Republican turnout and tip those states for Trump.

There is a group of voters the campaign calls “2018 disengagers.” These are voters who enthusiastically turned out for Trump in 2016 but sat home during the mid-term elections in 2018. Campaign data indicates those voters have “a high propensity” for going to the polls when Trump is on the ballot, Trump’s strategists say. This has led them to argue that even in states where Democrats made headway in 2018, Trump could still bring out a lot of voters in 2020.

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Dave Chappelle’s New Special Tells America To Get Over It And Laugh More

The anger leveled against Dave Chappelle by the 24/7 outrage machine in America has been significant largely because his new Netflix special primarily took aim at THEM. You see, Mr. Chappelle, like millions of others in this country, has had enough of the constant faux outrage where every little thing is made to be a great cause for which everyone must think and act the same and those who don’t are then attacked and vilified. 

From one cultural sacred cow to the next, Chappelle goes boldly where no other comics in this thin-skinned age dare to go and the results are as welcome as they are shockingly funny. Hopefully, more of America will take note of the message he is sending – to get over it, whine less, and laugh more.

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Via The Federalist:

Dave Chappelle’s Netflix Special Is A Giant Middle Finger To Social Justice

Dave Chappelle’s Netflix comedy special wouldn’t be nearly such a hit if the social justice movement hasn’t wrecked and suffocated every singular part of public life. The movement and its followers have screwed up academia, politics, the news media, and all of the entertainment industry, especially comedy.

That’s why it took comic-sized balls for Chappelle to roast nearly every sensitive topical event of the last year, including Me Too and the increasingly militant transgender political lobby. As described in my forthcoming book “Privileged Victims: How America’s Culture Fascists Hijacked the Country and Elevated Its Worst People,” mainstream comedy doesn’t really exist anymore. Social justice has replaced all of it with intersectionality and the privilege-versus-victim dogma.

All working comedians in America know it can cost them their careers if they don’t play along, even if they don’t quite understand when or why this happened.

…The movement has overwhelmed each and every part of our culture. Politics is no longer about practical policy. Higher education is no longer about prepping young adults for the workforce. The entertainment industry is no longer concerned with entertaining.

And comedy is no longer about making people laugh. It’s about pushing a cause, reinforcing a dogma, and instilling a worldview. It’s about social justice.

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Saints QB Drew Brees Is Now Latest Target Of Radical Far-Left Attacks

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has had one of the longest and most productive NFL careers ever. He’s a devoted family man who donates both considerable time and his own money to a multitude of community causes that benefit people of all races and socio-economic backgrounds.

He’s also a Christian and for that, he’s now being targeted by the radical fringe left who want him run out of the NFL for advocating that kids take their Bibles to school with them.

Yes, you read that right. This is the thinking of some in America who are totally devoted to a totalitarian, far-left group-think mentality that wants to destroy anything different than themselves.

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Via PJ Media:

Drew Brees not only plays for the Saints, but many in New Orleans believe that the quarterback for their beloved NFL team is a living saint. After Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, Brees and his teammates became the face of the community. Besides offering the city something to rally over, Brees adopted New Orleans as his hometown and has shown himself to be gracious, charitable, and deeply connected to his community in genuine ways that other celebrities can only attempt to mimic. The celebrated QB is also a devout family man and Christian. Having never shied away from expressing his faith, Brees must be somewhat puzzled to find himself all of a sudden the target of leftists angry over his connection with Focus on the Family.

…To sum up, one of the NFL’s most admired ambassadors of goodwill and philanthropy is being attacked for his religious views. To be clear, the religious views that he’s being attacked over aren’t even what he expressed in the video. Even if it were, though, the fact that Christians are no longer allowed to hold to Christian beliefs is frightening.


 

REPORT: The Anti-Trump Far-Left Has Become The Very Thing They Claim To Hate

The intellectually conflicted and increasingly aggressive group-think insensitivity that stains social media is spilling over into everyday life as the radical far-left authoritarian fringe now appears to believe it’s actually the majority and attacking any and all who question their dangerously divisive agenda.

That’s not good for America.

That’s not good for anyone.

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Via The Courier Journal:

The people who have lost their minds can’t wait to talk to you.

While participating in a charitable activity with my children and other parents and kids, a goofy guy who worked at the venue heard just enough of a conversation about politics to insert himself.

“Did you hear that one of the Koch brothers died?”

The parents just looked at each other. The goofball plowed ahead.

“Well here’s hoping to a happy reunion!” he finished, clumsily wrapping up the non sequitur before returning to his task.

The goofball looked so happy, simultaneously celebrating the death of one person while wishing it upon another in front of children, right after telling us how excited he was about the upcoming Bernie Sanders rally.

The hackneyed sickness normally reserved for anonymous Twitter users is spilling over into real life.

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Hurricane Dorian offered the latest weather-related madness. Democrats fanned out across television to claim President Donald Trump was more concerned with emergency response in Florida than Puerto Rico because of — you guessed it — racism.

“Puerto Ricans have brown skin!” they exclaimed, smugly explaining that Trump cared more about Florida because it has electoral votes and, presumably, only white people.

When confronted with inconvenient facts like Florida’s near 30% Hispanic population, they just stared into the cameras and forged ahead with their mindlessly partisan argument, which now includes the outrageous and false allegation that Trump murdered 3,000 Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria two years ago. It was a historically bad storm that struck a woefully unprepared island with a rickety utility infrastructure.

The weather madness wasn’t confined to domestic politics. International morons couldn’t help themselves, either.

“I’m rooting for a direct hit on Mar a Lago!” tweeted former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, excitedly wishing death and destruction on the thousands who work and live near Trump’s Florida property.

She later attempted a lame apology but even lied then, claiming “sarcasm” when it clearly was not. Sometimes, a simple “I’m sorry that I’m an idiot” would suffice.

Out in Hollywood, liberal actress Debra Messing rekindled the spirit of 1947 by demanding publication of anyone attending an upcoming Trump fundraiser in Beverly Hills, presumably for the purpose of harassment or blacklisting by the left-wing folks who run America’s entertainment industry.

In the late 40’s and 1950s, some 500 people in Hollywood were black or “grey” listed because of ugly politics. Messing wants the same thing today — for people with the wrong politics mocked in the town square and drummed from the business.

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Blacklisting is all the rage in Hollywood, be it personal or geographic. Earlier this year, several studios and media companies said they wouldn’t produce content in Georgia after the state legislature passed a pro-life law.

How many thousands of Georgians who care little about politics and mostly about feeding their families would be devastated by this liberal boycott? Hollywood doesn’t care, of course, because no amount of human suffering should stop a good political tantrum and self-righteous preening.

We’re told by Democrats like Joe Biden that if Trump isn’t defeated, “the character of this nation will be fundamentally and forever altered.”

Has he checked on his own party, lately?

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Biden seeks to lead a party full of activists who wish death on a conservative donor who invested in causes he cared about.

The internationalists with whom Biden claims kinship publicly wish for powerful hurricanes to kill Americans and destroy our property.

The people who fund Biden’s party openly advocate a return to McCarthyism, hoping to destroy the livelihoods of conservatives unwilling to acquiesce to liberal orthodoxy.

Death. Destruction. Personal ruin. All conditions wished upon conservatives by liberal Democrats, famous and ordinary, trained to hate by political leaders who blame Trump for the ills of the world while themselves obtusely accusing him of hate and death.

What voters do they hope to persuade with these savage threats and browbeating? When they do engage in policy discourse, it is filled with narrative instead of truth, lies instead of facts. They’ve become what they claim to hate.





 

REPORT: Trump Is The Most Pro-Worker POTUS Ever. Here Is Why…

He’s a billionaire with a natural affinity for the working men and women of America who has been laser-focused on bringing back jobs to those same people he cares about most just like he promised them he would.

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Via Fox News:

President Trump has laid out a simple strategy.

“Our economic policy can be summed up in three simple, but beautiful words: jobs, jobs, jobs,” he said at a rally in Greenville, N.C. in July. “We’ve created six million new jobs since Election Day. If I would’ve said that, no one would have believed it. If I would’ve said that, fake news would have said, ‘He’s exaggerating.’”

The first step in bringing jobs back was to get the economy moving after the years of stagnation under the anti-business policies of President Obama and the Democrats. Almost immediately after President Trump was elected, his pro-enterprise agenda led to confidence rising, investments booming, and growth returning to levels that the experts said we’d never see again.

Now that formula – lower taxes and less regulation – is pretty standard conservative policy. What’s different about President Trump is that he is a populist. He is pro-worker in a way that we haven’t seen before from a Republican president.

…Look at the results. Since 2016, there’s been a massive turnaround. Last year’s gain of 264,000 manufacturing jobs was the highest since 1997. Overall, the latest jobs report showed an increase of 164,000, bringing the labor force to almost 163 million — a record high.

With President Trump, we’ve seen the lowest unemployment in 50 years and the lowest on record for African-American and Hispanic workers. But as I pointed out last week, even with our historically low unemployment, there are 6.1 million unemployed Americans still looking for work. Another 4 million Americans are in part-time jobs but want full-time positions, and a further, 1.5 million want and are available for work but have become disheartened and stopped looking. That’s over 11 million Americans who could be doing full-time jobs but are not.

We see all this in the labor force participation rate — it plummeted after the Great Recession. And while some progress has been made, there’s still a long way to go before every working-age American who can work is actually working.

But here too, President Trump is doing something different and new, fighting for the American worker, with Ivanka Trump’s massively under-appreciated workforce development initiative. It was launched with an executive order last July and a year on, the results have been spectacular.

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Over 300 companies and associations have gotten involved, along with 37 governors to make change happen at the state level. But the real point is the outcome.

Remember that number — 11 million Americans who aren’t in full-time work but could be? Well, Ivanka has been able to persuade the private sector to create over 13 million new training opportunities for American workers and students, including, most significantly, 1.2 million from the National Association of Manufacturers.

When you put all this together — the pro-growth tax cuts and deregulation, the specific help for workers to re-train, the tariffs that are encouraging manufacturing to come back to America, along with President Trump’s tough approach on immigration — not just controlling illegal immigration at the southern border but proposing a big shake-up of legal immigration to make it merit-based, it adds up to the most ambitious pro-worker policy agenda this country has ever seen.

The president promised “jobs jobs jobs” — and that is exactly what he is delivering.



 

 


 

REPORT: In Praise Of First Lady Melania Trump

She remains the epitome of class and grace under fire, a self-taught woman of wealth and taste whose considerable intellect too often gets overshadowed by her stunning beauty—the same beauty the far-left media continues to attack and demean in its attempt to minimize one of the most remarkable First Lady success stories in modern American history. 

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Via The New York Post:

A new book comparing Melania Trump and Michelle Obama has brought out predictable slaps against the current first lady from bullies who seek to attack the president through his family.

Pitting two women against each other just never gets old, does it?

“Melania & Michelle: First Ladies in a New Era,” by Tammy R. Vigil, is presented as a mere bipartisan assessment of the public images of both women.

But it thinly veils its criticism of one and its admiration of the other. No prizes for guessing who’s who.

Vigil, a Boston academic, notes that Melania “ranks among the least liked of all modern first ladies, [and her] professional life prepared her to serve more as a visual adornment.”

The afterword belatedly acknowledges that “pitting the two women against one another is a troublesome (though common) practice.”

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But, hey, if it damages the Trumps, go for it.

The Daily News got the message about who is more impressive: “Michelle was a polished attorney and huge asset to Barack; Melania, a top model, is nearly invisible,” goes the headline promoting the book.

Vigil declares that Melania’s “difficulties” are exacerbated because she “followed a popular and competent first lady” in Michelle Obama.

After writing an entire book comparing the two first ladies — one only halfway through her first term with a wildly hostile media and the other who completed two terms — Vigil concedes that “directly contrasting these women is fraught with challenges.”

No kidding.

There is a good reason Melania, 49, might be “aloof” with the media, and that is because the attacks on her are more vicious, personal and unrelenting than any first lady has endured.

Whatever you think of her husband, you can’t say she has behaved with anything but dignity in her role, despite ugly provocations, which include attacks on her young son, Barron.

When it comes to the former Ms. Knauss, there are no boundaries to bullying at all.

Her Christmas decorations have been pilloried, her accent mocked. She has been depicted as a victim of domestic abuse.

When she visited a hospital after the El Paso massacre and cradled an orphaned baby with a smile, she was slammed for insensitivity.

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When she recited the Lord’s Prayer at one of Trump’s rallies, she was branded a “whore.”

Just last week, an entire story ran in Newsweek claiming President Trump had called her to his side like a dog, with three taps on his thigh.

Clearly, since the president has proven impervious to abuse, his enemies want to get at him through his wife.

Melania is right to regard herself as one of the “most bullied people in the world,” as she once told CNN.

There is nothing she can do right in the eyes of media gatekeepers.

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Despite her exquisite style and promotion of American brands, she has been snubbed by fashion’s elite. Vogue editor Anna Wintour recently dissed her by pointedly praising Michelle Obama’s style when asked about Melania.

Does she deserve no respect because of the man she married?

It doesn’t seem to occur to Melania’s critics that, rather than being a docile Stepford wife, she might actually share her husband’s political worldview and encourage his policy positions on such topics as illegal immigration.

But, unlike Hillary Clinton, whose aggressive foray into health care policy when she was the first lady caused considerable political fallout for her husband, Melania doesn’t flaunt her influence.

Michelle Obama was a fine first lady and deserves plaudits for writing a bestselling memoir since. But her school lunch interventions showed she was an elitist nanny-stater at heart.

Melania has not committed the same errors of arrogant overreach. She has the humility to understand that she is not the main game. Such command of ego is the first requirement of a first lady.

Melania is much more than an airhead former model, in any case.

For starters, she speaks six languages: her native Slovenian, English, French, Serbian, German and Italian.

She may not have finished college, but she had the street smarts to escape her tiny town in an impoverished Eastern Bloc country and survive on her wits in America. She’s no political naïf, either: If your family has experienced communism firsthand, you have a pretty attuned sense of politics and ideology.

At the recent G-7 in France, she did not put a foot wrong.

With the eyes of the world on you, it must be nerve-wracking to ensure you don’t trip or have a wardrobe malfunction or say something silly to embarrass your husband and nation. Anyone who has accompanied a spouse to an important business function would know the pressure.

But Melania always looked lovely and engaged charmingly with world leaders. She kissed Canada’s Justin Trudeau on the cheek (and was accused, weirdly, of coming on to him). On an excursion to a Biarritz beach, she got on so well with French first lady Brigitte Macron, they wound up holding hands.

The inclusion of spouses makes these international powwows as much about personal relationships as highfalutin’ policy, and Melania’s schmoozing ability is an asset that shouldn’t be underrated.

She is a woman whose poise and dignity speaks volumes.

When people say, “Poor Melania,” she says, “Don’t feel sorry for me. I can handle everything.”

Any honest assessment of her track record would tell you there’s no doubt she can handle anything. The Trump haters will have to find a new victim.



 

 


 

A Portrait Of What The Democrat Party Fears The Most…

On this Labor Day ask yourself what the radicalized political party of division, self-loathing, corruption, and anti-Americanism, fears above all else. 

UNITY.

Tens  of millions of voters who don’t see color, religion, gender, or socio-economic background, but rather simply embrace a love of country, of freedom and opportunity, made up of men and women who get up each day, are raising their kids, loving their grandchildren, and working hard to make a better tomorrow for all.

President Trump represents those values and for that, he is hated, vilified, and repeatedly attacked by the entrenched powers in D.C. and Hollywood who want to maintain the dangerously divisive identity politics status quo. Voters would do well to remember that come Election Day in 2020.

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HUH! New Data Shows NO U.S. WARMING Since 2005 And That Temp Same As It Was In 1930’s!

How likely is it this new information will be taught in schools and universities across American this year or reported by the far-left media?

Almost everyone is an “environmentalist” — we all want clean water and air but an entire centralized authority movement based upon gross exaggerations/lies/manipulations of temperature data must end now. Do you know who is among the top funding sources for the climate change agenda in our universities?

China. 

Now, why do you think China would want to see the western world’s economies strapped down by the hoax that is climate change? 

Could it have anything to do with their intent to become the world’s dominant power? Nah. Go back to sleep. Nothing to see here . . .

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Former CIA Officer Horrified By James Comey’s Actions As FBI Director

Former CIA officer Bryan Dean Wright saw a lot during his time at the CIA but few things stunned him as much as the legacy of abuse of federal power that now appears to have been business as usual for Obama-era FBI Director, James Comey.

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Via Fox News:

Former CIA officer Bryan Dean Wright said Friday that James Comey needs to be taken to task for his handling of the President Trump investigation.

“We had an individual that the inspector general report has now said an FBI director [James Comey] leaked information to force a public action; that is, the appointment of a special counsel,” Wright, a Democrat, told “Fox & Friends.”

“Not because the facts demanded it,” Wright continued. “But because he and his own partisan drive desired it. Now that’s horrifying. Not only was that horrifying for Donald Trump (but for) any other president that could’ve been elected in 2016.”

“The profound concern that I have as an American, forget Democrat or Republican, but especially as an agency officer, we have 35,000 employees in the FBI, tens of thousands of CIA officers, who have access to some of the most profound powers and knowledge in this country,” Wright said.

While the findings of the probe were forwarded to the DOJ, the department has declined prosecution, as Fox News reported earlier this month.

Wright said that he “fears” for the U.S. because of the “precedent” that someone can break the law and face no consequences for it.

“What’s the consequence for their behavior? There is none; they get a book deal,” Wright said.

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Wright’s concerns mirror those outlined here months earlier – James Comey was not only NOT punished for his misdeeds—he was rewarded with a lucrative book deal.

It’s classic DC Swamp at its worst which in turn will only embolden more to do as Comey did, the rights of Americans be damned.

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IG Report Confirms President Trump Was More Than Right To Fire James Comey

Obama-era FBI Director James Comey was a man more than deserving of the firing he received from President Trump.

Regardless of how one feels about the IG report on Comey’s multitude of failings, there can no longer be any denying that President Trump was right to remove Comey from the position ASAP. 

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Via The New York Sun:

The most important point to draw from the Justice Department’s report on James Comey is that President Trump was right to cashier him as director of the FBI. The department declined to prosecute the ex-director. The department’s inspector general made clear, though, that Mr. Comey lacks the judgment to safeguard the kind of sensitive information that the Bureau needs to keep safe in order to properly “dispatch” its duties.

That strikes us as devastating. The report focuses on Mr. Comey’s sharing of sensitive memos with persons outside the department, among them his lawyers. He shared some with a friend for onpassing to the New York Times. The IG found Mr. Comey at times failed “to immediately alert the FBI to the unauthorized disclosure of classified information” and was less than completely forthcoming in testimony to the Senate.

…The IG report brushed aside Mr. Comey’s claims that he acted out of love for America, the Justice Department, and the FBI. If others behaved the way Mr. Comey did, the report said, the FBI couldn’t properly carry out its duties. Mr. Comey reacted today with a lack of contrition. “I don’t need a public apology from those who defamed me,” he Twittered, “but a quick message with a ‘sorry we lied about you’ would be nice.”

Mr. Comey shouldn’t wait up for The New York Sun. We’re completely comfortable with our own concerns about Mr. Comey, which are sketched in a number of editorials about him in various jobs going back 15 years or more.

Which, the Inspector General notes, is the second IG report to have faulted Mr. Comey. The earlier one, issued last year, dealt with the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails and related matters during the 2016 election. It found that Mr. Comey was insubordinate in concealing from the Justice Department his intentions in announcing that the FBI wouldn’t recommend charges against Mrs. Clinton.

When that report came out, Mr. Comey wrote a piece for the Times congratulating the Justice Department for excoriating him. Hence our editorial about “James Comey’s Chutzpah.” We also faulted Mr. Comey’s performance, as United States attorney, in the prosecution of Martha Stewart. A federal judge threw out the central charge; she suggested the needed evidence was either too meager or “nonexistent.”

It turns out there endures a hubris to Mr. Comey that he tries to portray as courage and conviction. Our doubts began when Mr. Comey, as acting attorney general, raced to a hospital to try to physically prevent the White House Counsel to a sitting wartime president, George W. Bush, from communicating on a national security matter with the actual, albeit ailing, attorney general, John Ashcroft.

Views differ on that episode, but ours is that it should have ended Mr. Comey’s career. At the time, Mr. Bush failed to fire Mr. Comey (the president had a lot on his plate). Mr. Trump should have heeded the Wall Street Journal and asked on January 20, 2017, for Mr. Comey’s resignation from the FBI. At least he did finally step up. The more one reads this report, the better one can see a noncynical reason why.

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James Comey was/is a DC swamp rat of the worst kind. Self-promoting, self-obsessed, and willing to bend the rules to his own benefit time and time again.

Is it any wonder why he fit in so well with the Obama administration?

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Joe Biden Tells Moving Military Story At Campaign Stop – But It Never Happened.

This won’t help the reputation that Joe Biden is a true DC swamp longtimer who can’t be trusted or the nagging rumors that he’s lost a mental step or three.

Yikes.

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Via Fox News:

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign has been dogged by gaffes — but a new error could be his most damaging yet.

The controversy surrounds a moving military story — which the former VP claimed to be the “God’s truth” — that Biden told at a campaign stop in New Hampshire earlier this month.

The only problem was that the story was not true, according to The Washington Post.

Biden’s allegedly tall tale was an emotional account of his decision to travel to Afghanistan, despite concerns about visiting a war-torn area, in order to honor a Navy captain for retrieving the body of his dead comrade during battle.

According to Biden, he brushed off concerns about the risk of him traveling to the deadly area. “We can lose a vice president,” he said, recounting his words to a crowd during an event on Friday. “We can’t lose many more of these kids. Not a joke.” His story involved the captain dramatically telling Biden he didn’t want the medal because his comrade ended up dying.

But after speaking with more than a dozen military and campaign sources, the Post determined the event “never happened” and that “almost every detail in the story appears to be incorrect.”

“It appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story,” the Post’s Matt Viser and Greg Jaffe wrote.

They added that Biden rattled off a slew of inaccurate facts in the span of just a few minutes.

“In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony,” Viser and Jaffe wrote.

The Post reported that the crowd of 400 people in Hanover fell “silent” and the former vice president gave his “word as a Biden” that the story was true on Friday.


 

Queen Elizabeth’s Stunning Power Move To Make England Great Again

While newly-minted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson received most of the media attention it was, in fact, the act of the 93-year-old Queen of England that set into motion what most now believe will be the successful reestablishment of British sovereignty as it breaks away once and for all from the globalist European Union.

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By granting approval of the Prime Minister’s request to suspend Parliament, Queen Elizabeth II brought a halt to all legislative debate as the Brexit deadline looms just weeks away. This means that without yet another stalling tactic/compromise attempt, the will of the British people to be free from the EU is now, finally, very close to becoming reality.

The globalists are enraged of course as a Twitter campaign was soon initiated – #abolishthemonarchy and widely promoted on the social media site and the far-left media attempts to paint the decision as being widely unpopular. (It’s not)

The Queen’s many supporters are out in force reminding everyone that what she did was completely constitutional. They’re right. It was.

The thing is, the Queen, within the protective bubble of the monarchy and its many layers of advisers, protocol, etc., could have easily delayed a decision on the request thus avoiding the immediate suspension of Parliament and the intense scrutiny and backlash that accompanied it.

She didn’t do that. In fact, if anything, the Queen expedited her decision, making it one of the most powerful and decisive acts by the long-reigning monarch in quite some time.

The British people voted in favor of exiting the EU years ago while the entrenched globalist powers within Great Britain and across Europe have been attempting to deny that vote ever since.

Queen Elizabeth II’s decision to suspend Parliament was an undeniable power move that declared, ENOUGH.

Remarkable.

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REPORT: President Trump Isn’t The Safe Bet – He’s A Leader.

Leaders lead – they are men and women who are willing to take risks, attack, pivot, reassess, and then do it again and again until victory is secured.

Politicians are just the opposite. They sit back, wait to be told how to think, what to say, are quick to apologize and equally quick to take credit for things they had little or no part in accomplishing.

President Trump is no politician. Rather, he is that rarest of things in Washington D.C. – a leader.

Read more to find out why.

Via Real Clear Politics:

Perhaps this explains why Donald Trump is unsettling to so many people: He doesn’t ever go down the familiar well-trodden path of safe choices, polling data, focus groups, or incremental change.

No, he is a real leader — a trailblazer — someone who sees a thick forest where the wilderness begins and tells his people, “I can get through that, and if I do, we will be so much better off than we are now on our little perch at the edge of the sea.” Follow me, he says, and I will show you wonders like you have never seen before.

This is so unlike our usual politicians that many people cower in fear whenever President Trump speaks. It also produces a cottage industry of “thought leaders” who specialize in urging the nation back to “safety” — back to the familiar, back to the easy, back to the beach.

You can see the typical politician on full display in the current lineup of Democrat presidential candidates, of course, but also in all of those establishment Republican congressmen, senators and wannabe presidents who have soured an entire generation of Americans on conservatism. If you only knew conservatism from the examples of Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and John Boehner, the logical and apt conclusion would be that Republican conservatism specializes in capitulation and moral apoplexy. You would never guess that Republicans might be capable of acting upon principle to serve the country they love.

I was pondering how remarkably different Trump is from that brand of Republican, and why the media establishment hates him so, when the answer was handed to me by Herman Cain, the entrepreneur who was himself an iconoclastic presidential candidate in 2012 before he was brought low by dirty tricks and character aspersions.

Cain was a guest on “Varney & Co.” Thursday on Fox Business when he dished up the following dictum about the president: “A safe bet is not a leader. This is why they hate Donald Trump so much. He is not a safe bet; he is a leader.”

Exactly.

As a leader, he doesn’t take no for an answer. When Congress told the president, no, he could not build a wall to protect our southern border, Trump replied, “Just watch me.” He signed an executive order that allowed him to use existing provisions in federal law to fund hundreds of millions of dollars of construction, which is now underway. More than 400 miles of the wall is expected to be built by the end of 2020.

When Mexico told him it would not help stem the flow of illegal aliens across that nation, the president announced that he would be imposing a 5% tariff on Mexican imports that would eventually rise to 25%. Mirabile dictu, the president of Mexico announced a few days later that he was sending 6,000 soldiers to the border with Guatemala to stop the influx of migrants from Central America. A few weeks later, when Guatemala’s president tried to renege on a deal to provide asylum as a “safe third country” for migrants from other Central American nations, Trump threatened sanctions, and suddenly Guatemala was a safe third country.

Call it leadership or call it the ability to get things done.

Of course, when the president is in mid-negotiation, there is a chance he may be subject to doubt even by those who trust him. But he is surrounded by those who don’t trust him, who don’t believe he is capable of delivering on his extravagant promises, and they shriek loudly (if anonymously) about the president’s “dangerous” change agenda. These establishmentarians have been trained by decades of torpor to seek only the lowest common denominator and never to raise their sights above the swamp they inhabit.

Those are the same people who refuse to recognize Trump’s many successes, and who consider him a con man or worse. Often, they disagree with his policies, so they consider his successful implementation of things like moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem or exiting the Paris climate accords and Iran deal to be international fiascos.

The ongoing negotiations with China over that nation’s predatory trade practices are a case in point. Everyone in D.C. has known for decades that the Chinese are masters of stealing technology and industrial secrets and that our dependency on them for a steady diet of cheap goods has depleted our own manufacturing resources to the point of anorexia. Yet nothing has gotten done.

Along came Trump, with his punitive tariffs and his demands for fair play, and the talking heads exploded. How dare he expect us to pay more for our iPhone or other made-in-China technology! But the president brushed off his critics and insisted that China was bearing the brunt of the tariffs, not U.S. consumers. He also happily pointed out that many manufacturers are fleeing China for safer territories such as Vietnam or South Korea, which will damage the Chinese economy and strengthen the U.S. bargaining position. As a true leader, he set a goal for us as a nation, and is working tirelessly to get us to the promised land of free trade.

Oddly enough, China’s global ambitions also played a role in Trump’s most recent foray into the wilderness — his announcement that the United States would be interested in purchasing Greenland from Denmark. When the president first floated the idea, it was widely dismissed as a madcap jest by a madman billionaire. Trump himself tweeted a meme that showed a Trump Tower on Greenland, and joked, “I promise not to do this to Greenland.” But then the facts started to catch up with the media’s breathless attempts to paint Trump as a crazy old man. Turns out that — as so often with this president — if he is crazy, it is crazy as a fox.

We found out in short order that the idea of the United States buying Greenland had been on the table since at least 1867, that there are important security concerns that could be addressed by acquiring Greenland, that the giant island is an untapped resource for rare earths and other minerals, and that Greenland is a massive drain on the Danish economy — to the tune of $750 million a year.

In addition, President Trump was well aware that the Chinese had already expressed their own interest in Greenland, offering to fund millions of dollars of infrastructure improvements on the island as part of the plan for global economic domination known as the “Belt and Road Initiative.” The United States put a stop to that proposal by warning Denmark that we would not tolerate Chinese infiltration of North America, but that didn’t mean we weren’t interested in obtaining the island ourselves.

Of course, the Danish prime minister called the president’s idea “absurd,” leading Trump to cancel a long-planned state visit to Denmark. To the mainstream media, this was more evidence of a presidency that’s out of control, but for those of us who have looked at the president’s track record, it is just one stopping point on the way to owning Greenland.

Remember, they mocked Secretary of State William Seward for negotiating the 1867 purchase of Alaska from Russia, calling it “Seward’s Folly.” Some folly. Too bad that Seward didn’t go through with his proposal to buy Greenland the same year. If he had, maybe there really would be a Trump Tower there already. In any case, it’s an idea that would be good for Greenlanders (who would become U.S. citizens), for Denmark’s taxpayers (who foot the bill for what is essentially a colossal nature preserve) and of course for the United States, which is always looking for a new frontier to conquer.

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Obama Says Screw Climate Change – Buys Seaside Maga-Mansion

Gee, it’s almost as if those politicians and Hollywood elites don’t really believe climate change is set to destroy the earth. 

Who spends millions of dollars on 29 oceanfront acres if you think the seas will rise and all of the world is on the brink of total ecological collapse?

Answer: Barack Obama. (Among many other far-left elites who have done the same.)

12 Years Left Due To Climate Change? Obama Says 'Screw It' And Buys Oceanfront Mega-Mansion.

Via Townhall:

Barack Obama took one look at the impending apocalypse due to climate change touted by AOC, every Democratic front runner, and his party’s former presidential nominee Al Gore. Then he took another at oceanfront property being sold at a whopping $15 million and said, “Let’s roll the dice.” It was announced yesterday that President Obama purchased a luxurious summer home in Martha’s Vineyard, despite the leftist notion the planet only has 12 years left until the point of no return.

Here are the details from TMZ:

Multiple island sources tell us the Obamas are in escrow for the estate owned by Boston Celtics owner, Wyc Grousbeck. The former Prez and First Lady have been renting the house this summer and loved it so much, we’ve learned they made an offer. The property is listed at $14,850,000. Our sources say they’re paying less, but we don’t know how much.

The estate — incredible. It’s 29 beachfront acres. The main residence is just shy of 6,900 square feet. It has 7 bedrooms, so Sasha and Malia have a place to crash, along with several of their friends. It has the obligatory pool, an outdoor fireplace, a chef’s kitchen, vaulted ceilings and 2 guest wings. It has incredible views, especially while soaking in the second-floor balcony Jacuzzi.

Keep in mind that back in 2012, the onetime savior of the progressive party told a crowd, “I do think, at some point, you’ve made enough money.” Now, it’s unclear what “enough money” means for Obama.

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Note: Want to know how much Barack Obama earns off of showing up to talk about the dangers of climate change? Approximately $400,000 for one hour of reading lines off the teleprompter.

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POTUS Trump Signs Order That Wipes Out Student Debt For Disabled Veterans

Once again proving his loyalties are with the men and women of America, most notably those who wear the uniform, President Trump just signed an executive order that wipes out student loan debt for tens of thousands of the nation’s disabled veterans.

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Via The Washington Times:

President Trump is signing an executive action Wednesday to wipe away federal student loan debt for tens of thousands of veterans who are 100% disabled.

Mr. Trump is taking the action in a speech to the 75th annual American Veterans convention in Louisville, Kentucky. He said the memorandum directs the Education Department to eliminate “every penny” of student loan debt for those disabled veterans.

There are more than 40,000 veterans nationwide who qualify for debt forgiveness under action taken by the Departments of Education and Veterans Affairs last year. But only a fraction of those eligible has taken advantage of the program by applying for help.

Bipartisan legislation was introduced in June in Congress that would dismiss all federal student loan debt for eligible veterans, whether or not they applied for the program.

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It should be noted that although similar proposals were forwarded during the eight years of the Obama presidency, then-President Obama never appeared very interested in moving the idea of disabled veteran debt forgiveness forward.


 

REPORT: President Trump Moves To End America’s Longest War

President Trump never wanted U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan or Iraq to begin with. As a high-profile private citizen, he was among the very first to warn of long, drawn-out military conflicts that would cost lives and billions/trillions of taxpayer dollars.

He was right about all of it and now, as Commander in Chief, President Trump is working hard to end America’s longest war and bring our soldiers home for good.

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Via Real Clear Politics:

The Trump administration’s push to finalize a peace deal with the Taliban over the last week was twice interrupted by deadly explosions in Afghanistan, a reality check that any serious U.S. military drawdown in the war-torn country in no way guarantees a peaceful transition.

Despite the most recent spate of violence and instability, U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad on Tuesday headed to Doha, Qatar to resume talks with Taliban and Afghan leaders “as part of the overall effort to facilitate a peace process that ends the conflict,” the State Department announced.

Details of a peace deal are just emerging and are far from certain, but the prospect of ending the 18-year military presence in Afghanistan has reignited an intense perennial debate over U.S. interests in remaining there.

For now, President Trump seems intent on letting the talks play out, aiming to fulfill his previous campaign promise of ending the war and fending off inevitable criticism from his 2020 Democratic rivals, who largely agree that the U.S. should leave.

Zalmay, the Afghan-born American who served as President George W. Bush’s envoy to Iraq, Afghanistan and the United Nations, briefed Trump on Friday on the status of the talks. Over the last several days, he has also redoubled his efforts to convince all sides to negotiate even after a weekend suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul that killed 63 people. The Islamic State claimed credit for the deadly attack.

“We must accelerate the #AfghanPeaceProcess including intra-Afghan negotiations,” Khalilzad tweeted Sunday. “Success here will put Afghans in a much stronger position to defeat ISIS.”

One day later, 66 more people were killed in a series of explosions in the city of Jalalabad on the country’s centennial celebration of its independence.

While critics viewed Khalilzad’s Sunday tweet as overly optimistic, it also focuses on the most positive aspect of attaining a deal. Such a pact would allow both the U.S. and the Taliban to focus on further decimating ISIS, which is a small but lethal part of the country’s insurgency.

But skeptics argue that trusting the Taliban is a fool’s errand. Even if the fundamentalist militants are true to their pledge to renounce international terrorists and deny them refuge, other experts fear it won’t be long before they take over the country and reestablish another radical religious regime, as they did in the 1990s.

It’s clear from tweets and statements that Trump wants to be the president that pulls America out of its longest war, but far more nebulous is how much bloodshed and turmoil he’s willing to tolerate in the process, especially with some of his strongest Republican allies in Congress warning against a precipitous withdrawal.

Last Friday, following news of progress in the peace talks, Sen. Lindsey Graham urged Trump “to learn from President Obama’s mistakes.”

“A bad agreement puts the radical Islamist movement all over the world on steroids,” he tweeted. “Be smart, take your time, and listen to your national security team.”

When Trump later tweeted that his administration is making progress and could reach a deal, Graham said he’s “certain that al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other radical Islamist groups are not interested in the war ending.”

In a later tweet, Graham added that the U.S. must have a “robust counterterrorism force with intel capable no matter what the Taliban demands in order to protect the USA.”

That last statement demonstrated at least a willingness to consider the parameters of a peace deal, a shift in the senator’s usually flat rejection of pulling troops from the region.

Other longtime withdrawal skeptics also appear more open to a deal, as long as all parties buy in, agree to allow the Afghan government to share power and commit to a sustained reduction in violence, as ephemeral as that may be.

Michael O’Hanlon, a prominent national security expert and a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, recently expressed measured hope for the talks’ success, depending on the Taliban’s commitment to a power-sharing agreement with the Afghan government and other details that have yet to be hashed out and made public.

Broad outlines of the initial part of the deal, according to reports, involve cutting U.S. troop levels from roughly 14,000 to 8,000 with the overall foreign troop presence, including from other NATO nations, declining from 20,000 to 12,000. In exchange, the Taliban would agree to fight the presence of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in their country.

“[T]his deal, insofar as it goes, would be OK,” O’Hanlon wrote last week. “It would hardly merit a Nobel Prize in the first instance, and could in fact fall apart — we should recognize that possibility with eyes wide open. Yet it is still an acceptable risk, if reports of its main parameters are in fact correct.”

The first drawdown of forces, O’Hanlon wrote, would return American and NATO forces to about the same level Trump inherited from President Obama back in early 2017.

The next step, however, is where the rubber would meet the road.

“The looming question would be: How much further would we cut in the event of a deal — and how diligent would we be in a presidential election year, about ensuring compliance with such a deal before carrying out a second big round of reductions?” O’Hanlon told RealClearPolitics.

Non-interventionists who have long pushed to leave Afghanistan brush aside arguments that ISIS could rise up, as it did in Iraq in 2011, if the U.S. were to leave.

“This is an entirely different dynamic,” John Glaser, the director of foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, told RCP. “Within Afghanistan there’s an ISIS element, a small group known as the Islamic State Khorasan, or ISK, and the Taliban has been literally fighting this group on the battlefield for years. The notion that the group would fill the vacuum and take over is particularly unlikely because the Taliban wouldn’t tolerate it.”

Glaser also disputes concerns that al-Qaeda is once again gaining a safe haven in Afghanistan. He says he never bought into the argument that refuge there gave the 9/11 plotters the ability to carry out their plans. Besides, he says, in the 18 years since the attacks, communication technology has vastly improved so that trying to operate in remote, distant and landlocked Afghanistan is no longer a strategic benefit for terrorists plotting transnational attacks.

“The Taliban desperately wants the U.S. to leave and they’re willing to make certain concessions provided that that mission is accomplished – they don’t want to continually draw fire from the outside by linking up with al-Qaeda and hosting them again,” he argued.

Glaser acknowledges that a bloody civil war could ensue without the U.S. there to keep the relative peace, but said such a clash shouldn’t stop us from leaving if it’s not in our direct national security interest to prevent it.

“If our national security interest is not impacted … to be blunt about it, it’s none of our business,” he said.

But James Carafano, a leading national security at the Heritage Foundation who also served on Trump’s presidential transition team, questions how the U.S. can tell what’s occurring on the ground and whether there’s a threat to U.S. interests without a military presence there to assess it.

“How do we ensure our interests are protected when we don’t have military there and situational awareness over the Taliban?” he asked.

It’s a gamble Carafano believes President Trump shouldn’t make. Afghanistan will be far more stable with the U.S. maintaining a strong presence there, he said.

From a purely political standpoint, starting a drawdown is also risky, Carafano said, because there’s no way to foresee what type of violence will erupt afterward.

“I think its gets [Trump] zero votes. The people who were not going to vote for him are not going to change their mind because he leaves zero troops in Afghanistan. And if you do a deal now, the election is not for a year and a half. If there are really bad outcomes, the Democrats are going to say that you’re at fault.”

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Those making dire political warnings about a potential U.S. troops withdrawal in Afghanistan are underestimating (yet again) that Donald Trump is a very different kind of president who is most often guided by the principles of common sense and right and wrong  – not politics. He’ll do what he feels is most right, not what his advisers think will get him the most votes.

That’s not a politician. That’s a leader.

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