The Trump news cycle keeps chugging along. The same may not be said of my sanity.
Cocaine Mitch McConnell might have just had enough, and Brett Kavanaugh may just make it to the bench after all.
As the Dim operation to smear his name beyond recognition becomes more shameless and transparent, Judge Kavanaugh’s chances of confirmation continue to improve by the hour.
That growing confidence was reflected today by the head turtle himself, as McConnell told reporters after a meeting of the Senate GOP conference that he will indeed have enough votes to confirm Kavanaugh.
Still, key RINO votes such as Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Jeff Snowflake and Liddle Bob Corker remain undecided like the wishy-washy invertebrates they are. Murkowski today suggested the FBI should look into the accusations and indicated her vote will now depend on whether she believes Kavanaugh.
Sane Republicans, meanwhile, have seized on the gaps in the story of a second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, who told The New Yorker magazine that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a Yale dorm-room party but couldn’t remember some key details, like whether it was even friggin Kavanaugh.
They say the gaps in her memory and an unsuccessful effort by The Failing New York Times to find a witness to corroborate her story have raised new doubts about the allegations made by Christine Moonbat Ford. They added that the sun is hot and the ocean tends to be exceedingly wet.
After slapping around globalists for a while today at the U.N., PDT accused Dims of playing a “con game” on Kavanaugh, saying Ramirez was hammered drunk at the time of the alleged incident and has trouble remembering anything of substance. Ramirez herself has acknowledged as much, so this shouldn’t be a particularly controversial point.
THE LIL GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING:
Meanwhile, mini-lawyer and possible 2020 presidential candidate (lol) Michael Avenatti continues to threaten a new ‘bombshell’ allegations about Kavanaugh soon.
Avenatti’s road to revelation took an unexpected detour today, however, when he suddenly locked down his Twitter page. Off behavior for a man on a mission to expose truth. Then came rumors that he had been taken in by 4chan prankster posing as Kavanaugh accusers.
Here is the anonymous message claiming credit for the hoax:
I typically don’t post information from anonymous sources, especially from 4chan, which is notorious for posts meant to rile up the public. Given the timing and utter plausibility of the claim, however, I felt it warranted publishing. A man like Michael Avenatti deserves nothing less.
For his part, the creepy porn lawyer denies that he was hoaxed and swears that his ‘client’ is still forthcoming with claims that are sure to derail the Kavanaugh train.
“I made the determination she was 100 percent credible well before Sunday night,” Avenatti said to Politico. “We’ve received over 3,000 inquiries in the last six months from people with all kinds of crazy stories and fabrications. I’ve heard it all. I’ve seen it all. Like we don’t vet clients. Give me a break.”
“This is just crazy that somebody can just tweet something out like this, or post it, and people just take it as truth,” the lawyer added. “It’s crazy.”
Hmmm…an anonymous person can just throw out a claim and a segment of the population automatically takes it as the gospel?? The Hell you say! That is crazy. I sure hope that doesn’t become a trend in that country.
That would be bad, right Michael?
Avenatti went on to to say that even if the Senate Judicary Committee does not ask for his client’s story on Kavanaugh (they won’t), they will still make the claims public. You mean Avenatti is going to milk it for publicity regardless of whether the charges go anywhere? Color me shocked.
“We have not arrived at a firm plan relating to the initial disclosure of these allegations,” Avenatti said. “We are still working through it. This is a very dynamic situation with a lot of emotions at stake.”
Dear God in Heaven, I know how imperfect I am. I know I don’t deserve anything from you, much less a specialized request. But Lord, let me tell you, I will be the greatest Christian you’ve ever seen if you will please make this 4Chan story true.
Please please please please please. Please tell us that Mini-Matlock got taken in by some basement neckbeard and had to lock his Twitter in humiliation.
I know I shouldn’t pray for this, God, but you know what this would do for my mental well-being.
Senate Republican leaders plan to move quickly on Kavanaugh’s nomination once he and Ford testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Committee chairman Chuck Grassley plans to bring in a female outside counsel to ask questions of the two witnesses, despite requests from Ford’s legal team that the questioning be handled by senators on the panel. This, of course, is nothing but another delay tactic. Ford’s Clintonite legal team is fully aware that no female GOP senators sit on the Judiciary Committee, yet if a female questioner wasn’t brought in, they’d immediately bemoan the spectacle of straight white men questioning the poor victim Dr. Ford. It’s a damned if we do/damned if we don’t scenario.
Hmmmm…maybe we can split the difference and have Twinkletoes Graham asks all the questioning.
Anyhoo, the plan is for the panel to vote on Kavanaugh on Friday, which would set up a floor vote for Tuesday.
McConnell must wait a day after Kavanaugh moves through the committee before filing a motion to end debate on the nomination. Under this scenario, the cloture vote to end debate would occur on Monday and the final vote on Tuesday.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) said that Kavanaugh could receive a final vote “by the first part of next week.”
GOP leadership has advised senators to keep their schedules free this weekend in case they need to work through the weekend to speed up the timing of a vote in case Democrats attempt procedural delays.
I’d say that’s a pretty safe bet, and I’m glad to see Turtle planning for it ahead of time. I’m pretty impressed, actually.
Hang in there, Trumpers. Things are annoying as ever, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
AMERICA FIRST AT THE U.N.
There’s a lot to say for PDT’s off-script style. But there is something to be said for when he’s on script, too.
Today, he took to the UN General Assembly to rage against globalism, promote patriotism, tout his own impact on international relations, praise allies and rebuke foes –all in a 35-minute speech.
Let’s examine some of the key takeaways from today’s historic speech.
Laughter in the Hall:
This is by far the least significant part of the speech, but the Left isn’t going to shut up about it, so may as well address it.
PDT opened his remarks at the General Assembly by touting his own record at home – something he does routinely domestically but is a little different taste for the international crowd.
“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country. So true,” Trump said.
The audience, primarily composed of elitist heads of states and top diplomats, laughed.
PDT chuckled and added: “I did not expect that reaction, but that is ok.” The laughter grew louder.
The Fake News is that PDT bragged about an accomplishment and the general assembly roared with laughter at its absurdity. In reality, only a couple people chuckled following the line about having the most accomplishments in history. It was when Trump stopped, threw out a chuckle of his own and said, “Not the reaction I expected, but that’s ok,” when the laughter actually spread to the whole room. It wasn’t that big of a deal, honestly, but that’s how the Fake News works. Find anything and everything that can reflect negatively on the president, amplify it and make it the story.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about things that matter.
The Trump Doctrine:
Doctrines are formed over time after facing the world’s problems. President George Dubya Bush’s foreign policy was shaped by the 9/11 attacks. He waged what he called preventive wars to destroy perceived enemies before they attack the US. He took military action with or without allies, and he emphasised spreading “American values” – namely democracy – in nations that were hardly fertile for their seeding.
You probably recognize that as neoconservatism, and it’s precisely the opposite of what he ran on in the 2000 election. Dubya explicitly campaigned on an end to nation-building, then abruptly changed course after the second plane hit the Twin Towers.
Barry Obama’s doctrine was one of leading from behind, though spun as cooperation with European allies in order to avoid rash decisions, as he would reportedly quip to aides that his doctrine is: “Don’t do stupid shit.”
I suppose shipping $150 billion to the world’s largest terror state in the dead of night doesn’t qualify as “stupid shit.” My God, I’d hate to see what does.
As for the Donald, he suffers from neither of those problems. He doesn’t want to invade and rebuild every country on Earth, nor does he operate as a coward paying off our enemies in the hopes that they’ll kill us last.
Rather, he’s taking a brand new approach altogether: doing what he promised!
Make no mistake — today was all about putting the America First doctrine on the world stage for all to hear, and #BelieveMe, the laughter died down as the declarations flew.
He repeatedly stressed national sovereignty and allowing countries to pursue their own interests.
“America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism,” Trump said.
“Around the world, responsible nations must defend against threats to sovereignty not just from global governance, but also from other, new forms of coercion and domination.”
“We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable global bureaucracy,” he said, referring to the UN’s International Criminal Court. In return, he promised to “honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship,”he said, urging the assembled leaders to “make their countries great again.”
What a refreshing break from the past. Previous U.S. presidents have, to varying degrees, embraced the UN and other unaccountable international bodies as means for America to shape the world. PDT, by contrast, sees the international system for exactly what is is: a way for the world to constrain America.
And the best news is, these aren’t empty words.
A great example of this doctrine in action is the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The Senate never ratified that agreement as a treaty; before any member of Congress voted on it, Obama got a UN Security Council resolution in support of it. Under Obama, the world decided what path America took. Under Donald J. Trump, America is run by We the People as a sovereign nation.
There are other examples, too. PDT announced the U.S. will not participate in the UN Global Compact for Migration and he’s also withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council after it refused to reform itself into something besides an Israel-bashing organization.
PDT was particularly pointed about the International Criminal Court. Of course, that’s nothing new. Neither Dubya nor Barry tried to ratify the Treaty of Rome that created this tribunal. Earlier this month, national security adviser John Bolton went even further, promising to sanction the court and prosecute its officials if it launched investigations into the U.S. or its allies.
Trump doubled down in criticism of the ICC on Tuesday.
“As far as America is concerned, the ICC has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority… We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy,” the US president said.
If Habib wants to prosecute me for monitoring him a few years back, he’s poop outta luck. Shouldn’t have been a terrorist.
Indeed, the Trumpster has withdrawn from several international institutions, including UN cultural body UNESCO, and cut funding for the UN agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.
He was sure to let the rest of the world know that they, too, could go the way of the Palestinians, making clear that we would no longer be cutting checks for countries who hate our guts while simultaneously spending our money. One would think this would be a no-brainer, but hey, sometimes it takes an outsider to achieve common sense solutions.
The bottom line is that America under Donald J. Trump will look after itself first and foremost, and we won’t be ruled by anyone else but people we elect. Of course, we still have to find a way to actually achieve a representative government again, as I think most everyone would agree that the Swamp couldn’t care less about the average American. That is another topic for another day, though; an in-house squabble, if you will.
What’s important is today, an American president stood tall before the world and made it known that America will never surrender her sovereignty to international rule, nor will we be bullied into being the world’s piggy bank/whipping boy hybrid.
Those days are over, and not a second too soon.
Hardline on Iran:
Speculations have been swirling about a possible meeting between PDT and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani at the UN this week. The White House had expressed willingness to hold negotiations with Tehran, but Iranian leaders have held firm that a US return to the nuclear pact is a prerequisite for future talks.
Pretty adorable of them to think they can set preconditions to meet with our president. They must have missed the memo about Obama no longer being at the helm.
In any event, the Iranians don’t have to worry about whether their offer will be entertained, as Trump ruled out direct talks with his Iranian counterpart unless they “change their tune,” which likely means a stop to terror funding in the region as well as a ceasefire of missiles being lobbed at Israeli children. How’s that for a precondition?
In his speech, PDT reiterated his hardline stance on Tehran, correctly labelling it “the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism”.
While PDT, Secretary of State Pompeo and NSA Bolton have made it clear that their policy is not regime change, the administration hasn’t hesitated to criticize Iran in a way Obama never would, calling Iran a “dictatorship” and slammed its leaders for their domestic policies.
“The Iranian people are rightly outraged that their leaders have embezzled billions of dollars from Iran’s treasury, seized valuable portions of the economy, and looted the people’s religious endowments, all to line their own pockets and send their proxies to wage war,” he said.
Fact check: True.
Much of his remarks on Iran centered on our ongoing sanctions; how they’ll continue to be implemented and the prospect of tightening further should the Iranians continue on their current path. He noted that reinstating US sanctions is already paying dividends in exerting “economic pressure to deny the regime the funds it needs to advance its bloody agenda”.
In a subtle warning to countries that import oil from Iran, he said: “Additional sanctions will resume November 5th, and more will follow. And we’re working with countries that import Iranian crude oil to cut their purchases substantially.”
PDT is essentially trying to return Iran back to the state they were in before their best buddy Barry Soetoro bailed them out with a metric buttload of our money. Not many remember, but the Iranians were on the brink of collapse before Obama saved the day. It really makes one wonder where his allegiance lied, as the move made absolutely zero strategic sense in a time we were supposedly doing all we could to prevent them from getting the bomb.
And it’s important to note that that is exactly what this is about. Yes, it’s also about standing up for our friends in Israel, who Iran wants to wipe off the face of the map. But more importantly, we have an Islamist regime who has stated its divinely-mandated duty to wipe us off the map. Those threats tend to become much more serious when said Islamist regime makes moves to build and test intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Simply put, Iran wants the capacity to put a nuclear-tipped missile anywhere on Earth at anytime. While PDT is very much non-interventionist, it would be grossly irresponsible not to be proactive about this threat. This problem won’t go away if just ignore it.
We’ve needed a president to take this issue seriously for several decades, and PDT is the only one who seems to be putting some meat on the bones.
Thank you for your courage, Mr. President.
Refugees Stay Home:
While commenting on the war in Syria, PDT praised Jordan’s efforts to host refugees. Cos better there than here, Jack!
PDT, who has already drastically reduced our own country’s refugee resettlement program, argued that Syrians displaced by war should remain in neighbouring countries until they can return to their homeland.
“As we see in Jordan, the most compassionate policy is to place refugees as close to their homes as possible, to ease their eventual return to the heart of the rebuilding process,” Trump said.
“This approach also stretches finite resources to help more people, increasing the impact of every dollar spent.”
Why……you mean it’s not only more cost-effective for people to stay as close to home as possible, but it helps for them to remain in their own culture so that reintegration back home is much smoother? That sort of common sense must never be allowed to spread!
Earlier this month, the US State Department announced that it will admit 30,000 refugees in 2019, down from 85,000 in 2016, Obama’s last year in office.
That’s still 30,000 too many, frankly, but at least we’re headed in the right direction. And given Mad Dog Mattis’s success in exterminating ISIS, the numbers should be naturally declining anyway. These folks can be Hackin’ Vlad’s problem, since he’s so intent on being the big dog on the block in Syria.
The greatest part of this segment was the fact that a US president told the world that we’re not taking more refugees just because they attempt to shame us.
Here’s the truth, folks. All you bleeding heart types, please pay attention:
We cannot properly vet refugees from Syria. Paper trails there are absolute garbage and many people assume false identities. ISIS is known to be in possession of passport-faking technology and they, themselves have made it perfectly clear that they intend to use the refugee flows to insert sleeper cells.
While it would be nice to tell everyone in the world to come live under the safety and prosperity of America, the real world doesn’t work that way. The president’s first duty is to protect American citizens.
While the immigration/refugee system still leaves much to be desired, it’s nice to have a POTUS who actually thinks about us first.
What a concept.
North Korea and the Difference of a Year:
In his 2017 U.N. General Assembly address, PDT ridiculed North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man” because of his erratic missile-testing and nuclear programs. This year, like a true badass, he asserted, “The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction.”
“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump said in his U.N. remarks last year. “‘Rocket Man’ is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully, this will not be necessary.”
Since that time, the two met in Singapore in June to talk about the denuclearization of North Korea. Although Lil Kim has yet to actually abandon his weapons program, he has freed Americans held as political prisoners and returned the remains of American veterans of the Korean War, in addition to ceasing nuclear and missile tests.
“We had highly productive conversations and meetings, and we agreed that it was in both countries’ interest to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Trump said. “Since that meeting, we have already seen a number of encouraging measures that few could have imagined only a short time ago.
“The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction. Nuclear testing has stopped. Some military facilities are already being dismantled,” he said.
Bottom line: We still have a ways to go, but process is being made and diplomacy is the order of the day. It’s nice to have hope.
Taking it to Venezuela:
PDT called out Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and promised more U.S. sanctions on the regime of the South American nation.
“Today, we are announcing additional sanctions against the repressive regime, targeting Maduro’s inner circle and close advisers,” he said.
More than 2 million people have fled Venezuela, Trump noted.
“Currently, we are witnessing a human tragedy, as an example, in Venezuela,” he said. “Not long ago, Venezuela was one of the richest countries on Earth. Today, socialism has bankrupted the oil-rich nation and driven its people into abject poverty.”
The bottom line is, Trump said, “All nations of the world should resist socialism and the misery that it brings to everyone.”
You can say that again. Mr. Prez.
Now, at first glance, you may sense a bit of hypocrisy. It was PDT, after all, who just announced to the world that we had no interest in their internal affairs; that we would mind our own business so long as everyone else does the same.
Venezuela may not be that cut and dried, because as noted above, many are fleeing the nation and causing issues for its neighbors. Many of those refugees are undoubtedly coming to our border. We have a personal stake in Venezuela fixing itself. And no, it’s not because of oil. We just became the biggest oil superpower in the world, also largely thanks to PDT.
Besides, PDT really hates socialism. And so should you. This is America.
Russia, the Middle East, and Energy Security:
PDT also spoke of energy independence and security, noting that energy can be a new form of “coercion and domination” as he’d previously discussed.
As we just noted, the US has become the largest energy producer in the world, and as PDT said, we are “ready to export our abundant, affordable supply of oil, clean coal, and natural gas.”
He specifically called out the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), made up of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Qatar, Indonesia, Libya, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Nigeria, Ecuador, Gabon, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo.
“OPEC and OPEC nations are, as usual, ripping off the rest of the world, and I don’t like it. Nobody should like it,” Trump said. “We defend many of these nations for nothing, and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices.”
He pointed to Poland as an example of a country aspiring to independence from Russian energy supplies, while Germany is taking the wrong route.
“Reliance on a single foreign supplier can leave a nation vulnerable to extortion and intimidation,” Trump said. “That is why we congratulate European states such as Poland for leading the construction of a Baltic pipeline so that nations are not dependent on Russia to meet their energy needs.
“Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy if it does not immediately change course,” he said.
ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION, MEDIA? THE PRESIDENT IS THE ONLY ONE AT THE UNITED NATIONS CALLING OUT EUROPE FOR ALLOWING PUTIN TO PLAY THEM LIKE A FIDDLE. RUSSIA HAS HAD A STRATEGY OF CREATING ENERGY DEPENDENCE FOR A COUPLE DECADES NOW. THE HILLARY CLINTON STATE DEPARTMENT ALLOWED THEMSELVES TO BE A PART OF IT WHEN THEY SIGNED OFF ON THE URANIUM ONE DEAL. THE FBI KNEW THAT THIS WAS PART OF PUTIN’S ENERGY PLAN. THEY EVEN CONDUCTED A COUNTERINTELLIGENCE PROBE INTO THE DEAL AS IT WAS BEING CARRIED OUT AND FOUND MYRIAD FORMS OF CORRUPTION THROUGHOUT, INCLUDING KICKBACKS AND BRIBES. THE HEAD OF THE FBI AT THAT TIME WAS ROBERT MUELLER. WOULD YOU MIND ASKING HIM WHY THE FBI ALLOWED CFIUS TO APPROVE THIS DEAL WITHOUT MAKING A STINK, CONSIDERING THEY HAD BEEN MONITORING ITS CORRUPTION FROM THE INSIDE?
A guy can dream, I guess.
If this country had an attention span longer than is required to play a round of Angry Birds, this part of the speech alone would undercut the “Russian collusion” narrative. Unfortunately, that requires a bit of independent research and thought, as the media will never inform the American public of anything that undercuts their propaganda.
They are the enemy of the People.
Tough Talk on Trade and Tariffs:
In another pet issue, PDT bemoaned America’s $800 billion annual trade deficit and said more tariffs and trade deal renegotiations were on the way.
“We are systematically renegotiating broken and bad trade deals,” he said.
Last month, he announced a new U.S.-Mexico trade agreement, and yesterday announced a new trade deal with South Korea.
“This is just the beginning,” he said. “Many nations in this hall will agree that the world trading system is in dire need of change.”
“For example, countries were admitted to the World Trade Organization that violate every single principle on which the organization is based,” the president said. “While the United States and many other nations play by the rules, these countries use government-run industrial planning and state-owned enterprises to rig the system in their favor. They engage in relentless product dumping, forced technology transfer, and the theft of intellectual property.”
While there are several countries who have been guilty of those charges, PDT was no doubt looking squarely at China with those remarks. The Trump administration recently imposed an additional $200 billion of tariffs on certain Chinese-made goods, bringing the total to $250 billion.
After China joined the World Trade Organization nearly two decades ago, the U.S. lost 3 million manufacturing jobs, about a quarter of all steel jobs, and 60,000 factorie. Until now, no one cared to even mention it. Now, we have a president who not only calls it what it is, but is actually doing something about it.
“Those days are over. We will no longer tolerate such abuse,” he said. “We will not allow our workers to be victimized, our companies to be cheated, and our wealth to be plundered and transferred.”
Take that, punks.
There were a few things left off the plate today. PDT didn’t articulate detailed policy positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, other than defending his courageous moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem and saying he is committed to “peace and stability in the region, including peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians”.
He overlooked the Gulf crisis between Qatar on one side and Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain on the other, thanking Doha, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi for pledging aid to Syria and Yemen as he put it.
But those are rather small details in an otherwise glorious speech. PDT put the world on notice that he’s still the same America-firster who was elected in 2016 on the idea of aggressively defending American sovereignty. He also let everyone know that we won’t be pushed around, and that no one has a right to our money.
While the Left may focus on a 10 second clip of laughter, the speech a a whole was absolutely magnificent, and the more people who see it, the better. His America First sentiments may come across as nails on a chalkboard to the globalists who mock our borders and right to self-determination, but the average American is going to love it.
The GOP would do well to make clips of this speech and insert it into commercials for the midterms.
Thank you for your courage, Mr. President. It’s sad that we’ve had to wait so long for a president who prioritizes our own country above all others, but we have one and I’ll never take it for granted.
See you tomorrow, Trumpers.
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