A look back at some of MSNBC’s most ludicrous moments of 2016 included the somber-noted, low lighted affair that was Lawrence O’Donnell’s declaration of Barack Obama’s historic nobility – of which America is simply not worthy of.
There are some other classic 2016 gems in this collection as well like when an MSNBC reporter declared Hillary Clinton a “little unstable” after she collapsed in public and was thrown into the bag of an awaiting SUV like a side of gone-bad beef. Enjoy!
Yes, a New York billionaire and an Alabama-born African American woman have much in common.
Rosa Parks, the iconic symbol of the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement, and Donald Trump, the insurgent Republican candidate for President of the United States, are connected by their shared fight for inclusion into a system that would rather have them on the outside looking in.
ABOVE: Trump pictured with Rosa Parks in 1986 when both were recipients of the Ellis Island Award.
And like Parks in 1955, Trump has refused to sit in the back of this country’s 2016 political bus.
Rosa Parks’s act of moral defiance stirred millions more to denounce an establishment that was in need of serious self-reflection and change for the better.
Donald Trump’s defiance of a similarly corrupt political system some sixty years later has also stirred millions in this country to demand change from both the political and media establishments.
Rosa Parks was arrested for her refusal to accept a fate prescribed to her by those who thought themselves her betters.
Donald Trump has seen his reputation attacked from all sides, his business empire threatened, and his personal fortunes diminished for having the audacity to give voters a choice outside of the political establishment.
Just as Rosa Parks came to realize her singular refusal to sit in the back of the bus became something far greater than one person, so too has Donald Trump repeatedly indicated an awareness that the political movement his candidacy has created extends well beyond the parameters of himself.
“This isn’t about me. This is a movement, folks.”
For years a growing number of Americans have watched the slow but steady decline of this country and wondered, often in silence, why our elected leaders appeared to choose time and time again to do nothing, or worse, act in a way that only hastened our seemingly imminent demise.
There were moments of collective outrage, where these voices of shared concern became temporarily unified, such as Ross Perot’s candidacy of the 1990’s, and the Tea Party movement of 2009.
Each time, the media and political establishments coordinated in their efforts to demean and minimize such opposition to the status quo, most often using the weapon of political correctness to charge participants with claims of racism, or repeatedly mocking them for their supposed lack of intelligence and understanding of how things “really worked.”
And each time, those efforts to demean and frustrate were successful. Ross Perot retreated into irrelevance, his reputation bruised and battered for having dared challenge those self-anointed political masters. (In his case, the Bush family – the very same family who has been so instrumental in fomenting opposition to Trump.)
The Tea Party, lacking a unifying voice, also became disjointed and far less effective in waging war against the status quo and by Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012, was widely viewed by the masses of uninformed as a racist group of unhappy white people. The end result was fewer and fewer willing to openly align themselves with the true motives of the Tea Party – namely smaller government and more personal freedoms.
Then came Donald Trump.
Upon declaring his candidacy for President of the United States, the media pounced with gleeful abandon, no doubt confident their doing so would send Trump scurrying for cover.
Trump didn’t scurry, though, he fought back – HARD.
Voters took notice. Donald Trump was talking the language of common sense – their language, and not apologizing for doing so.
We’re a country, right? So secure the damn border. We’re shipping off tens of thousands of jobs overseas every year, right? So stop doing that and renegotiate these idiotic one-sided trade agreements. ISIS is killing by the thousands? Wipe the Islamic terrorist scum out! We’re the United States, for crying out loud. If something needs to be done – WE DO IT.
Soon, the Republican Establishment was joining the same liberal media who had attacked them for so long in attacking Donald Trump. And one by one, those establishment politicians were dispatched, despite repeated claims and prognostications from the political pundits that Trump would quickly be relegated to the scrapheap of political-oddities history.
Donald Trump won primary battle after primary battle and then, despite so many claims that it would never happen, he won the Republican nomination for president.
Enter the Clinton Machine – the essence of what has gone so wrong in American politics over the last forty years.
With political and media ties going back decades, the Clintons and their advocates delighted in the possibility of going against Trump for the White House. They watched, smirking, as a dutiful media leveled one attack after another against the New York billionaire.
Though Trump sometimes stumbled, he never fell, and he never backed off. In the political ring, he proved himself capable of taking a punch, shaking it off, and punching back. America hasn’t seen that kind of grit from a Republican since the days of Ronald Reagan, and it has won many a voter over – including millions of Democrats who have, and will, be voting for Trump.
Rosa Parks’s simple refusal to be categorized by the establishment as second-class helped to propel a movement that changed all of America for the better.
Donald Trump’s remarkably resilient insurgent campaign for the presidency now seeks to do the same.
The Obama economy is an era of stagnant wages and skyrocketing medical costs which are decimating Middle Class America.
One of the quickest ways to destroy America is to eliminate its middle class.
It appears the Obama era is working double-time to do just that:
“Prices for medicine, doctor appointments and health insurance rose the most last month since 1984…a recent report by Kaiser/HRET Employer Health Benefits forecasts that the average family health care plan will cost $18,142, up 3.4% from 2015. That’s faster than wage growth in America…Premiums on the Obamacare exchanges are expected to rise by double-digits this year.”
In November, voters will have a choice.
Hillary Clinton represents more of the same: Fewer jobs, lower wages, bigger government, higher healthcare costs.
Donald Trump represents something vastly different than the above.
In 2012, Democrats enjoyed a significant voter registration margins over somewhat apathetic Republicans uninspired by GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, which in turn helped to ensure Barack Obama was given a second term as President.
Not so with Donald Trump, who has Republican registration numbers skyrocketing, particularly in key battleground states.
And unlike the Democrats, much of the surge in Republican registration appears to be truly grass-roots, not requiring a political party machine and millions of dollars to make it happen.
People are simply choosing to register Republican all on their own – something which has Team Clinton increasingly concerned as it points to a level of voter-loyalty toward Mr. Trump that Mrs. Clinton simply does not have among her own supporters.
“Republicans added hundreds of thousands of voters to the rolls since 2012 in states including Florida and Arizona, and narrowed the gap in North Carolina, according to data compiled by The Associated Press. In Iowa, Republicans prevented Democrats from surpassing them, aided by a court ruling upholding a ban on voting by ex-felons, who often register as Democrats.”
The Trump campaign continues to warn its supporters to be on the lookout for Election Day fraud. In 2012, Barack Obama won some districts with 100% of the vote, and even more troubling, were examples of more votes being cast than there were actual registered voters.
His name is Khizr Muazzam Khan, the father of a slain U.S. soldier who died twelve years ago in Afghanistan and more recently made famous by his appearance at the Democrat convention last week where he attacked GOP presidential candidate, Donald Trump, for Mr. Trump’s belief that immigration from certain parts of the world known to be hotbeds of terrorist activity, should be curtailed until a more comprehensive (and thus safer) screening process can be implemented.
Democrats cheered Mr. Khan’s words, as did the the media.
But why have so few looked into who Khizr Khan really is, and what he actually believes?
During his Democrat convention speech, Khan held up a copy of the U.S. Constitution and mocked Donald Trump, saying Trump had never read it. But then look at this headline from the always-good, Shoebat.com regarding Khizr Khan’s own actual belief system that has little in common with American values:
“What The Media Is Not Telling You About The Muslim Who Attacked Donald Trump: He Is A Muslim Brotherhood Agent Who Wants To Advance Sharia Law And Bring Muslims Into The United States”
It’s true. For those who might not know, Sharia Law is a religious-based concept of individual and group governance based upon the teachings of Islam in which there is no separation of church and state. Khan has a long history of advocating for Sharia, which in turn, means he has no true belief in the United States Constitution – it is merely a prop. He might have read it, but he doesn’t support it.
It is also a set of beliefs that have a long history of oppressing women, gays, minorities, and most certainly, those who don’t practice Islam. Check out this excerpt from the The Clarion Project:
“An overview of the lack of equality and oppression of women under Sharia – the position of women in Muslim majority societies.”
Sharia law is an Islamic legal system which provides an Islamic alternative to secular models of governance. Women in societies governed by sharia have far fewer rights than women in the West.
Multiple wives are allowed. Total and complete sexual submission to the man is required. The man is also allowed under Sharia to beat his wife (and daughters) if he deems it necessary. There is no requirement of age for a girl to be married. It is not uncommon for girls as young as ten or eleven to be married off to men much-much older. These girls have no choice, no say – it is Sharia Law.
Women are not allowed to own property. In some countries (like Saudi Arabia) they are not allowed to drive. Even public speaking in the presence of others (especially men) and without the permission of their husband, is forbidden.
As a guest on the Bill Whittle report indicated just last year, Sharia Law is simply incompatible with the Constitution:
Now let us return to Khizr Muazzam Khan and do the job the Mainstream Media so willfully ignores, or perhaps, intentionally covers up. Again, we’ll use information outlined in the ShoeBat.com column out yesterday regarding Khan’s strong ties to Sharia Law, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the House of Saud:
“…The Muslim who attacked Donald Trump, Khizr Muazzam Khan, is a Muslim Brotherhood agent, working to bring Muslims into the United States…Khan’s fascination with Islamic Sharia stems from his life in Saudi Arabia.
“… Khan is a promoter of Islamic Sharia Law. Khan is also co-founder of the Journal of Contemporary Issues in Muslim Law (Islamic Sharia).
“…Khan shows his appreciation for an icon of the Muslim Brotherhood: “The contribution to this article of S. Ramadan’s writing is greatly acknowledged.” S. Ramadan is Said Ramadan, head of the Islamic Center in Geneva and a major icon of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Saudi interests are using Khan to advance Muslim immigration and advance Muslim Sharia is a lengthy subject. And it has ties to Hillary Clinton’s aid Huma Abedin as well. It will take hours of reading just to cover this topic on how it was The House of Saud’s “Muslim Minority Affairs” and the Abedins (Huma Abedin and family) that played a central role in using Muslim immigration to infiltrate the west with Wahhbi agenda. The House of Saud had used Huma’s father Sayed Zaynul Abedin’s work regarding the Muslim Minority Affairs in the West, published in 1998 as part of 29 works to construct a plan to conquer the U.S. with Islam. It is obvious that Khan is upset, that a Trump victory will eliminate and destroy decades of hard work to bring in Islamic immigration into the United States which was spearheaded by agents in Saudi Arabia like Khan and Huma Abedin’a father (Sayed Z. Abedin).”
And guess who also has very strong ties to the House of Saud and has been at Mrs. Clinton’s side 24/7 for the last two decades?
Personal aide/adviser, Huma Abedin.
From the ages of two to eighteen, Abedin lived and was educated in Saudi Arabia. Her father, Syed Zainul Abedin, was a scholar of Sharia Law, and her mother is a female representative for global Sharia compliance. Some federal lawmakers have raised concerns regarding Abedin and other Saudi agents and their collective influence upon Hillary Clinton, and have been repeatedly attacked by this nation’s political elite for having done so, as outlined in this 2012 National Review report:
Huma Abedin’s Muslim Brotherhood Ties
“…Since Secretary Clinton’s tenure began, with Huma Abedin serving as a top adviser, the United States has aligned itself with the Muslim Brotherhood in myriad ways. To name just a few (the list is by no means exhaustive): Our government reversed the policy against formal contacts with the Brotherhood; funded Hamas; continued funding Egypt even after the Brotherhood won the elections; dropped an investigation of Brotherhood organizations in the U.S. that were previously identified as co-conspirators in the case of the Holy Land Foundation financing Hamas; hosted Brotherhood delegations in the United States; issued a visa to a member of the Islamic Group (a designated terrorist organization) and hosted him in Washington because he is part of the Brotherhood’s parliamentary coalition in Egypt; announced that Israel should go back to its indefensible 1967 borders; excluded Israel, the world’s leading target of terrorism, from a counterterrorism forum in which the State Department sought to “partner” with Islamist governments that do not regard attacks on Israel as terrorism; and pressured Egypt’s pro-American military government to surrender power to the anti-American Muslim Brotherhood parliament and president just elected by Egypt’s predominantly anti-American population.”
Look at that list! How much time and resources are now spent by American government officials to be “compliant” with the interests of the Muslim world, regardless of the links to terrorism, subjugation of women, gays, and minorities, that world has?
So we come to this realization. Hillary Clinton, the DNC, and the Clinton campaign, brought to the stage a man who is a longtime proponent of Sharia Law, thus is a man who likely believes women are inferior, are to be beaten when deserving, that homosexuality is a crime punishable by death, that non-belief in Islam is also punishable by death, that American laws are secondary to Sharia, and that Islam is to rule the world.
Democrats, the media, and many Republican “leaders” applauded this moment, and have and continue, to use it to attack Donald Trump, the only remaining presidential candidate who is attempting to warn Americans of the very real and deadly dangers that represent radical Islam, and make no mistake, Sharia Law is as radial a belief system as you will find in modern society.
Please help spread the truth of what the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign has done in inviting a Sharia Law proponent to its convention stage. For in doing so, they invited hatred, bigotry, and condemnation of “non-believers” to that stage as well.
If you care for America and the collective futures of this country’s daughters and granddaughters, the truth of what the Democrats have done, and will continue to do, must be known.
Donald Trump is helping the Republican Party like no candidate since Ronald Reagan. The pathetic “NeverTrump” crowd would not have you know of this phenomena now being called the, “Trump Effect”, but it appears to be very real and directly responsible for the party growing its base and potentially expanding its numbers in both the House and the Senate.
Check out this excerpt from a just-released PoliZett report:
Sweeney rejected the notion that Trump at the top of the ticket hurts other Pennsylvania Republicans. She pointed to his blowout win in the Keystone State’s GOP primary.
“Donald Trump won every county,” she said. “He’s generated a lot of enthusiasm among the Republican base.”
The NeverTrump faction (which has been further marginalized in recent weeks) warned repeatedly that Trump would harm the re-election chances of senators from critical battleground states.
As of now, they have been proven patently wrong:
Vulnerable GOP senators?
July 14 Senate polls
Rob Portman (R)
Ted Strickland (D)
Pat Toomey (R)
Katie McGinty (D)
Marco Rubio (R)
Patrick Murphy (D)
Marco Rubio (R)
Patrick Murphy (D)
Source: Quinnipiac University
In actuality, at least for now, it appears the Trump Train is rolling, driven primarily by tens of millions of supportive American voters, and woe to those Democrats and Republicans who stand in its way.
Just-out battleground polls make that fact undeniable – and Team Clinton is none too happy about it.
New swing-state polls released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University show Trump leading Clinton in Florida and Pennsylvania — and tied in the critical battleground state of Ohio.
The Clinton campaign responded to this most recent polling data by trying to remind America that “Trump is dangerous.”
Trump in turn responded by telling his supporters thank you with a #I’mWithYou tweet – a direct hit upon Hillary Clinton’s now widely mocked, “I’m With Her” slogan.
More troubling for Team Clinton is that polling data has consistently under-polled Trump’s actual support – a fact known to them via internal polling the campaign has made certain to not publicize. Team Trump has just began to initiate similar internal polling and are said to be coming up with the same result:
As of this moment, Donald Trump is winning the race for the White House.
Look for the Clinton Machine to demand yet more money from its long list of high-dollar donors to combat the man they declare to be “dangerous” as the Republican National Convention puts Mr. Trump front and center in the national spotlight.
Months ago, D.C. Whispers reported on a Trump-Gingrich alliance. Some refuted those reports. Still others thought them exaggerated. Today, Newt Gingrich himself gave a full-throated confirmation of an alliance that has since only grown stronger.
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Check out this video of Newt Gingrich and his introduction of Donald Trump to a raucous Ohio crowd earlier today. It is perhaps the single strongest endorsement for any presidential candidate in 2016 so far…
In 2014, Joni Ernst was chosen by Iowa voters to represent their state in the U.S. Senate after Ernst had spent the previous three years as a member of the state senate. Prior to that, she served for twenty-three years in the U.S. Military as a member of the Army Reserve and Army National Guard, time which included fourteen months stationed in the Middle East during the Iraq War.
And now, this Senator and Iraq War veteran, is reportedly being seriously considered by Donald Trump to be his 2016 presidential running mate and the first female Vice President in American history.
Ernst carries significant conservative street cred, but is also highly regarded among the GOP Establishment donor class. She is noted for tough talk, a quick mind, and no-nonsense attitude when it comes to D.C. politicking.
During the Iowa Caucus, she shared the stage with then-presidential candidate and Florida senator, Marco Rubio, but refused to give Mr. Rubio a formal endorsement. Since then, she has remained relatively, and now, it is said the Trump campaign is giving her potential role as a Trump running mate, serious consideration.
Ernst has previously declared her desire to see federal government agencies like the Department of Education and Ecology, eliminated. She has for years been a consistent advocate of the 10th Amendment, which places more power at the state level and less at the federal level.
And like Trump, she is known to incite the ire of the liberal media with her sometimes volatile rhetoric, including past comments about the need to impeach Barack Obama, who she labeled a dictator due to his repeated fondness for signing executive orders, thus bypassing the role of Congress in enacting laws. This rhetoric has not lessened her appeal within the GOP, though, as she was the one selected to provide the Republican response to Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union:
That’s not the word coming from the often anti-Trump Mainstream Media or Establishment politicians, but rather from the men and women working within the Trump campaign, including, it is said, Trump campaign supervisor and longtime politico, Paul Manafort, the man largely credited with ensuring Trump secured the GOP nomination.
“He needs to start listening. The campaign is a team sport now.”
Those were the words of Trump adviser, Newt Gingrich spoken to Fox News’s Chris Wallace this past Sunday. It is a sentiment said to be widespread throughout Team Trump of late as the presumptive GOP nominee finds himself taking incoming from the Clinton campaign, the media, and still some within his own Republican Party.
Mr. Trump’s performance was so uneven this past week it required a somewhat testy one-on-one between Trump and Paul Manafort. Whispers indicate Manafort was unnerved over what should have been the campaign’s primary focus following the rioting by American flag-burning protesters in San Jose following a Trump rally. Instead, the news cycle jumped upon Trump’s belief that the judge overseeing his Trump University civil lawsuit should step down from the case because, “He’s Mexican.”
The judge was born in Indiana to Mexican-immigrant parents.
It was a verbal misstep that has since become the focus of media attention, a focus the Mr. Manafort is said to be increasingly frustrated by. Newt Gingrich described Trump’s “He’s a Mexican” statement as, “utterly innapropriate” and a “terrible mistake.”
It should be noted that since his meeting with Manafort, Trump has gone silent for nearly twenty-four hours, an uncommon occurrence for the normally verbose GOP front-runner.
It’s a name synonymous with bone-crushing political counter-punching, the very thing Donald Trump places such significant value upon as he looks out across the political landscape at a myriad of enemies who would see him and his millions of supporters defeated during the 2016 General Election.
Paul Manafort is determined to not just fight back, but to utterly decimate those who would attempt to defeat the campaign of a candidate who has amassed more Republican primary votes than any other Republican candidate in history.
As the Clinton operatives at the New York Times and Washington Post attempted a one-two anti-Trump attack effort last week, (then aided by Fox New’s almost verbatim repeating of the publications’ smears) it was Paul Manafort who was front and center to stare down the media-generated frenzy with low-voiced and steely-eyed calm.
During his weekend media appearances, Manafort easily swatted away the attempted anti-Trump agenda, instead turning the discussion into a brow-raising affirmation that when it comes to going after the Clinton Machine, there will be nothing off limits and everything that has existed within the whisper of shadow will be brought out into the light for all to see.
It is a promise that has both Hillary and Bill Clinton deeply concerned.
Paul Manafort is the political equivalent of The Untouchables‘ Jimmy Malone:
Some are still stunned with the speed at which Donald Trump suddenly elevated himself from front-runner to presumptive nominee following Mr. Trump’s landslide victory in Indiana on Tuesday.
Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign supervisor, a man who has navigated the often turbulent waters of national politics for several decades, is likely not a bit surprised, for it was Manafort who just a few short weeks ago put the fear of God into a collection of anti-Trump GOP Establishment figures during a posh resort retreat in Florida – a meeting which it can now be said altered the trajectory of the Republican primary race and quite possibly, the future of the country.
The Trump campaign pre-Manafort was winning primary elections, but losing delegates and found itself time and again being excoriated via the Mainstream Media for various and repeated messaging hiccups.
Then came the sixty-seven year old Manafort, a man who has known Donald Trump for some thirty years. The longtime political operative saw in Trump a political candidate with significant potential but potential that was being pummeled by a less than stellar campaign operation. Donald Trump was loyal to his stripped down, low-cost political team. Manafort felt it was loyalty that was ultimately coming at too great a cost to the candidate himself.
After a series of on-air media appearances by the new campaign supervisor that signaled Team Trump would be a more focused and effective endeavor, it was Manafort who was then dispatched to Florida for a series of sit-downs with some of the most influential figures inside the Republican Party – the very people who had for months wanted to see the Trump campaign destroyed and had facilitated the spending of tens of millions of dollars to make it happen.
A brief recording of Manafort commenting on Donald Trump’s ability to “evolve” during the General Election received a few days of media attention, but that commentary was secondary to Manafort’s true purpose inside the expansive Hollywood, Florida resort that week. Many of the GOP power brokers were all too familiar with Paul Manafort. They knew him, but more importantly to the goals of Team Trump – they feared him.
Paul Manafort is not a man to be trifled with, and when he sets his dark-eyed gaze upon an individual, there is a brief but all-important moment of silent self-contemplation within which he asks if you are to be a friend or a foe.
You would do well to choose wisely.
And so that stare was in full effect in Florida on that day and well into the evening and by the multiple meet-and-greet’s conclusion, Paul Manafort is said to have put the fear of God into most attending the event. He first focused on Trump’s impressive resume of success, and explained how that success would play out in a General Election victory. This was later reinforced in more intimate meetings in which Manafort repeatedly emphasized the disaster that would be a contested GOP convention, a disaster he implied would be of biblical proportions. With his low-voiced and utterly confident delivery, he laid out the longer-term implications should such a thing be allowed to happen and each time, he left powerful men and women accustomed to getting their way, shaken and uncertain should they continue on their anti-Trump path.
Word of Manafort’s success in Florida no doubt reached Trump quickly. The New York billionaire was not yet entirely convinced of the legendary abilities of his new hire. Indiana was to be Paul Manafort’s first real test. The Cruz campaign and the StopTrump operation were dropping millions of dollars into the Hoosier state. The ground game Cruz often bragged about was once again out in force. One can almost hear Manafort as he cracked his knuckles, issued his hungry, just-before-battle smile and then set out to pummel the Cruz campaign in a state that on paper, should have been a relatively easy win for Team Cruz. Remember, just a few weeks earlier, polling data had indicated it would be just that.
Trump’s success in Indiana was the direct result of Paul Manafort’s involvement and it was a success that reverberated throughout the GOP Establishment and reinforced Mr. Manafort’s earlier warnings in Florida to that same establishment that Donald Trump and his campaign were not to be underestimated.
Upon taking the stage in the gold-tinted Trump Tower following his landslide Indiana primary win, Donald Trump gave thanks to those who helped secure that victory.
The very first name he spoke was that of Paul Manafort.
And now the eyes of Manafort are focused fully upon Hillary Clinton.