The Deplorables

Episode 9 Of The Continuing Adventures Of An American Crime Family

It’s this kind of thing that gets me up in the morning. Being retired seven years, I am cannot succumb to the temptation to spend a day lying on my back. Thank you, President Donald Trump. And thank you, President Donald Trump Jr. I received this email from the First Son (had his name in the return address):

John,

After a month of tantrums and trying to get Republicans to agree to her INSANE rules, Nancy Pelosi has finally admitted defeat and sent the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate.

Nancy was so eager to undo the 2016 election results that she rammed a fake impeachment SCAM through without ANY facts or evidence.

Now she’s TERRIFIED that the American people will learn the truth that President Trump did NOTHING WRONG.

She’s counting on the FAKE NEWS to continue LYING to the American people. That’s why we need supporters like YOU to join the Official 2020 Impeachment Defense Task Force TODAY.

In 2019, the Impeachment Defense Task Force defended my father against every bogus attack that the Radical Left threw at us. That’s why we are now launching the 2020 Impeachment Defense Task Force.

And then Trump Jr. asks for money. This from the family that promised to underwrite their own campaign. And that Mexico would pay for the wall.

I particularly enjoy the reference to Nancy Pelosi’s “tantrums.”

I hope the President of the United States never stoops to the level of Nancy Pelosi.

I continue to marvel at Junior’s calm and reasoned language. I am particularly impressed by the way he exposes the “fake impeachment SCAM.” More so, “without ANY facts or evidence.”

And to be sure, “President Trump did NOTHING WRONG.” I mean, the family with a history of fraud and deceit has by now reformed its ways and is through with doing that kind of shit.

And I’m going to wrap it up here. Donald Trump Jr. has a good case going. After all, the guy who spent his life lying, stiffing business associates, concocting fake endorsements of himself, associating with crooks and liars just has to be telling the truth by now.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

The Deplorables

A new year, a new family series

 

While it lasts, I have some people in Washington I’m paying to provide me with this material. Let’s get started.

John,

2020 is going to be a defining year for our country.

While President Trump is fighting day and night to Keep America Great, Democrats like Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, and Nancy Pelosi are trying to tear our nation apart with their endless corruption and LIES.

The Radical Left has the FAKE NEWS — and even had a corrupt FBI — on their side.

That’s why we need YOU to help us fight back against the relentless lies and attacks, John.

That’s from First Son, Donald Trump, Jr. It showed up in my in mail on Monday, and it’s an absolute hoot. It requires some dissection. Start with keeping America great.

Junior, this is what your father means by “keeping America great.” Please do not show me un-great.

Democrats are trying to tear our country apart. Could be. Let’s have a look.

If your aim is to keep America from tearing our country apart, then you are too late. That train has already left the station.

“Endless corruption and lies?” I should say.

Junior, we will be forever indebted to you for pointing this out to us.

At this point I will break it off. Is there really a need to get into Trump Junior’s assertions about FAKE NEWS and a corrupt FBI? Keep reading. There will be more to come in the continuing saga of The Deplorables.

Quid Pro Quo

Closing it Down, Number 8 in a Series

Yes! Lock her up! Lock her up! And now for the truly funny part.

“Dear Clintons, You know what’s deplorable? Being Impeached!!! #BasketOfDeplorables,” Trump Jr. posted to Twitter on Sept. 10, 2016.

People, these are times when you would like to live forever. It is going to be a wonderful New Year.

Quid Pro Quo

Closing it Down, Number 3 in a Series

This has come to be like drinking from a fire hose. The enlightenment from Trump supporters makes for impressive reading. Here are two:

Donald Trump Jr. <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>

To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comNov 29 at 10:38 AM

John,

Democrats are trying to destroy this country.

Instead of working with President Trump to kill terrorists, Build the Wall, and create new American jobs, liberals are STILL trying to overturn the 2016 election and silence the voices of TENS OF MILLIONS of Americans.

Corrupt Democrats like Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi would rather see America FAIL than succeed under President Trump’s leadership. These Impeachment Hearings have exposed Democrats for the liars and FRAUDS that they are.

No matter how many LIES Democrats and their good friends in the FAKE NEWS throw at him, my father will NEVER stop fighting for YOU.

And presumed son proceeds to ask for money. This next.

Steve Scalise <info@nrccred.org>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com

Nov 29 at 8:37 AM

Fellow Conservative,

I am reaching out to remind you that our fight to win in 2020 will not be easy.

Democrats have proven time and time again that they will do just about anything to get their way. . . Impeachment Plots. Witch Hunts. Blatant Lies.

They will use every dirty trick in the book and spend whatever amount it takes to win.

So, a double whammy. Of course there are more of these. I will hold them for later. gratuitous joy must be a sin in a book somewhere. Examination is in order.

How about those plots, witch hunts, blatant lies, dirty tricks, impeachment plots? And especially how about those corrupt politicians, such as Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi?

First of all, Congressman Scalise, I regret profoundly you got shot, and I hope the person who did this spends the rest of his sorry life in jail. I will further state those corrupt Democrats ought to be ashamed of themselves. What are they thinking? Let’s take time to examine some of their misdeeds.

Oops! Shot at the sleazy Democrats and missed. Yeah, let’s allow those Democrats cool for a while. In the meantime, Don Jr. needs to concentrate on staying out of jail.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 18 of a continuing series

Truth be told, I cease to be amazed.

Donald Trump Jr. <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Aug 26 at 11:12 AM

John,

The Liberal Mob and Fake News media are absolutely unhinged. They’re spewing LIES and slandering President Trump’s administration every chance they get in the hopes of dividing our Nation.

“Spreading lies.” Whoa! That is unhinged. “Dividing our nation.” That’s going too far. Will nobody rid us of this Liberal Mob? See what they have done?

Don Jr., I am glad you love it, because you said it. You might want to think about quitting before you get in deeper than you already are.

I don’t make this stuff up.

Number 4 of the series

And I may not need to remind you that I do not need to make this stuff up. There is a highly paid government employee who makes this stuff up for me. Here is something recent:

Donald Trump Jr. <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com

Jul 30 at 4:28 PMJohn,

The Democrats have become the party that:

  • Hates the American Flag and praises Antifa
  • Prioritizes illegal immigrants, at the expense of American people
  • Hates Israel and promotes terrorism
  • Chooses BIG GOVERNMENT socialism over American prosperity
  • And would rather see America Fail, than my father succeed

Their dangerous agenda would be a DISASTER for America if they were ever given the power to implement it. It’s up to YOU to make sure that doesn’t happen.We can’t sit by and let our country be overrun by big-government Socialists like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden or members of the America-last caucus like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.

That is an impressive load the First Child is dumping on the political opposition. I’m guessing he was in a hurry and he forgot how much we want to erect a statue honoring Charles Manson. But let’s take one of his salient points and expand on it. “Hates the American flag and praises Antifa.” Who is it who hates the American flag and praises anti-American factions?

Don Jr., please send me another one of these. But wait until I finish laughing.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 15 of a continuing series

I receive these almost daily. They are among the things that get me out of bed in the morning. Let’s start with the first of two.

DonaldJTrump.com <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
May 25 at 3:06 PM

John,

The FAKE NEWS media efforts to lie about all of President Trump’s incredible accomplishments aren’t fooling the American people.

A new poll just released shows President Trump’s approval rating is the highest it’s been in over two years.

The Trump Presidency has led to rampant economic growth, millions of new jobs, and a foreign policy that puts America First. No wonder he’s so popular!

Golly! That is wonderful news, Mr. President. Who knows. Someday your popularity will approach 50%. But stop right there. If you would like to be popular with more than half of the population, then there is a way. It involves tar and feathers, but it would draw large crowds. Give it a thought.

Here’s number two.

Eric Trump <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
May 25 at 10:08 AM

John,

If there’s one thing we can always count on from the Democrats and the FAKE NEWS media, it’s that they will ALWAYS lie to try and get ahead.

You’ve seen it. Every day, they spout lies about my father, my family, his administration, and the nation.

Remember when they attack President Trump, they’re really attacking YOU, John.

Eric Trump. Notice, Eric Trump. It’s not the president contacting me, it’s Eric Trump, second son of the president, and, as Wikipedia notes, head of the Trump criminal enterprise:

A fourth generation businessman (following his great-grandmother Elizabeth, grandfather Fred, and father), he currently serves as a trustee and executive vice president of The Trump Organization, running the company alongside his older brother Donald Jr. He also served as a boardroom judge on his father’s TV show The Apprentice.

Eric Trump is under United States Attorney for the District of Columbia‘s investigation along with Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump in their role their father’s inauguration.

Breathtaking!

Yes. Yes! The Eric Trump who will in the future appear before us in an orange jump suit has contacted me to warn about people spreading lies and FAKE NEWS and soon to be attacking me personally.

This site is, if nothing else, fair. To that end I present some of the FAKE NEWS the second son has advised about.

All right. That’s enough of the FAKE NEWS for today. Eric, let me know when they schedule your sentencing date. I will be there for you.

Breitbart Mentality

Number 7

I do, yes I do. I subscribe to Breitbart News. Why? I will tell you why. I spent my whole life dealing with the real world, full of messy facts and hard consequences. Breitbart is a breath of fresh air. It’s like stepping out of Mary Poppins and onto the set of a Marx Brothers film. A slavish support for Donald Trump and everything right wing often steers the course in bizarre directions. Take this recent item for example:

Nolte: Top 51 Fake News ‘Bombshells’ the Media Spread About RussiaGate

That was the headline, and you need to bear with me and read the rest of my post. Granted the aspect of Breitbart calling out “fake news” sets a new level—you really need to hear them out. You never know when you might find a diamond in a coal bin. Breitbart writer John Nolte lays out the headlined 51 fake news bombshells that are giving him the most heartburn. He concedes the mainstream media outlets have gotten it right so many times, but they should have gotten it right those other 51 times. Continuing:

You’re supposed to take care of your kids!

And the media are supposed to get stories correct.

But here is the media forced to brag on when they didn’t crash the plane, when they did take care of the kids, which tells you something is horribly, terribly, ridiculously wrong.

Nolte writes metaphorically. Taking care of the kids is what you are supposed to do all the time. Crashing the plane is what you are never supposed to do. However, he infers, the real scandal is the flood of fake news put out to, I presume, drown the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Some more:

While a list of what the media might have gotten correct is fairly easy to put together, no one will ever be able to grasp the tsunami of fake news Americans were buried under for over two years.

The list below of 51 might sound like a lot, but it is a drop in the ocean when you recall the thousands and thousands of hours CNN, MSNBC, Meet the Press, This Week, PBS NewsHour, State of the Union, Good Morning AmericaReliable Sources, and the Today Show devoted to anchors and pundits pushing the hoax that Trump colluded with Russia.

I will not hit on all of Nolte’s top 51, thinking the first three will be representative. Here is number 1.

New York magazine, McClatchy: Michael Cohen went to  Prague.

For the record, it is almost certain Michael Cohen has never been to Prague. From the referenced news item:

In April, Peter Stone and Greg Gordon reported for McClatchy that Robert Mueller had obtained evidence that Cohen did indeed visit Prague. Today the pair have a new report with much more detail. Cohen’s phone pinged off cell-phone towers in Prague during that period, according to four sources. Also during that period, an Eastern European intelligence agency electronically surveilled a conversation in which one Russian said that Cohen was in Prague, according to two more sources. The reporting is the opposite of thin. If the conclusion is wrong, it is a massive journalistic error.

It is possible, of course, that all these sources are wrong. It is also possible that Cohen did visit Prague, and either did not meet with Russia, or met to discuss innocuous topics, and then lied about it. But the more probable explanation by far is that Cohen did visit Prague and did meet with Russian agents.

From Wikipedia:

However, on April 13, 2018, the DC Bureau of McClatchy Newspapers reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that Cohen did travel to Prague during the late summer of 2016, with two sources having confirmed this secret trip. The evidence is said to show that Cohen entered the Czech Republic from Germany, and since both countries are in the European Union’s Schengen passport area, Cohen would not have needed to receive a passport stamp to enter Czech territory. The following day, Cohen again denied he has “ever been to Prague”. Cohen also said that he didn’t travel to the European Union in August 2016. McClatchy reported in December 2018 that a mobile phone traced to Cohen had “pinged” cellphone towers around Prague in late summer 2016. McClatchy also reported that during that time an eastern European intelligence agency had intercepted communications between Russians, one of whom mentioned that Cohen was in Prague. The Mueller Report did not conclude Cohen had been in Prague, citing his testimony to investigators.

Beyond all this, we have to wonder what all the fuss is about. McClatchy obtained unreliable information from multiple sources and reported it. The substance is Cohen did not need to go to Prague to do all the stuff he has been convicted of and also the stuff he did that was not criminal. He continued to negotiate with Russian interests on behalf of Donald Trump while Trump was running for the office of President of the United States. Further, he initially lied about it before ultimately coming clean and taking his lumps. His boss, the President of the United States, perpetrated the lie.

Number 2:

BuzzFeed: Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie, and Mueller has emails proving it.

The referenced news item is Breitbart, itself:

BuzzFeed, citing two unidentified law enforcement officials, alleged in a Thursday evening report that President Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress and that he regularly briefed the president and his family on the Trump Tower project in Moscow. BuzzFeed claimed Cohen told Mueller that President Trump personally instructed him to lie about the timing of the project in order to obscure Trump’s involvement. No other news organization was able to confirm the report nearly 24 hours after it’s publication.

Again from Wikipedia:

According to a BuzzFeed report on January 17, 2019, President Donald Trump personally directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project. However, a spokesman for the Special Counsel investigation later said the report was “not accurate”

Number 3:

The New York TimesPaul Manafort passed polling information to Kremlin.

Again the reference is to Breitbart:

Nolte: New York Times Forced to Correct Manafort Russia Collusion ‘Bombshell’

The far-left New York Times has been forced to issue a humiliating correction after falsely reporting Paul Manafort passed along polling information to a Kremlin-connected businessman.

Times “reporters” Maggie Haberman and Ken Vogel are dishonest enough on their own, but put these two leftists together, and you are almost certain to get a heapin’ helping of Very Fake News, which is exactly what happened Wednesday.

I find the foregoing difficult to reconcile with this from the Mueller Report

Separately, on August 2, 2016 , Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort met in New York City with his long-time business associate Konstantin Kilimnik, who the FBI assesses to have ties to Russian intelligence. Kilimnik requested the meeting to deliver in person a peace plan for Ukraine that Manafort acknowledged to the Special Counsel’s Office was a “backdoor” way for Russia to control part of eastern Ukraine; both men believed the plan would require candidate Trump ‘s assent to succeed (were he to be elected President). They also discussed the status of the Trump Campaign and Manafort’s strategy for winning Democratic votes in Midwestern states. Months before that meeting, Manafort had caused internal polling data to be shared with Kilimnik, and the sharing continued for some period of time after their August meeting.

Yes! That is curious, but I will leave it for readers to sort out. The conclusion Nolte wants us to draw is mainstream media outlets are responsible for “the tsunami of fake news Americans were buried under for over two years” and for “pushing the hoax that Trump colluded with Russia.”

We are left to wonder at the tsunami that buried us.

Finally, concerning that hoax the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

Any attempt by the mainstream media to bury the American public beneath a tsunami of fake news would be completely unnecessary. We have people now working for the United States government already doing that. But thank you, Breitbart News.

 

People Unclear

This is number 79 of a series

I’m beginning to love these. I get one almost every day. Here’s the most recent:

Donald J. Trump <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Apr 19 at 6:08 PM
John,Every year, the Corrupt Media holds a total snoozefest White House Correspondents dinner where they thrive off their negativity and hatred towards me and my Administration.

On April 27th, while the Liberal Elites mingle with the Corrupt Media, I’ll be holding an EPIC rally in Wisconsin with REAL AMERICAN PATRIOTS.

I would truly love to join the president’s EPIC rally in Wisconsin, and I would make the trip if I could be assured I would have a chance to meet REAL AMERICAN PATRIOT patriot Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 8 of a continuing series

I should have started off by naming this series “Space-Warping Inanity” or something like that, because “Breathtaking” is beginning to appear too lame. Anyhow, it’s done, and I need to keep the title.

Anyhow, this morning I linked to CNN and pulled up this clip from “The Lead,” hosted by Jake Tapper. He played a clip from yesterday’s “Fox and Friends,” and my mind was unprepared for what I saw. The president’s son, Don Jr., was on, and he had some choice words. From The Raw Story:

“I’ve been hearing this for two years — everyone is getting, everyone is going to jail,” he said. “Meanwhile, they haven’t actually found anything relates to this. What they did was put incredible pressure on regular guys that couldn’t afford million dollars in legal fees, and got them to slip up, say something incorrectly. They pretended they were their friends.”

Continuing:

“There are no actual crimes,” Trump Jr. said. “There’s only things that people did in past lives – in 2006 before we even thought we ever get into this crazy world, and that’s what it is. They’re touting these things as victories– it’s not. What it has been a total farce, the greatest witch-hunt in American history.”

Right! No actual crimes. Let that sink in. Tapper was quick to respond with some elaboration, and The Raw Story has much the same comment:

Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort, deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, former national security adviser Mike Flynn, longtime Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos have all pleaded guilty to lying to investigators.

Skipping over…

The guilty pleas and convictions cover crimes that occurred during the 2016 presidential campaign and after the 2017 inauguration, although some of Manafort’s crimes continued well into 2018.

Yeah, these sound like real crimes to me. The FBI and the Justice Department noticed in 2016 that Flynn conversed with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to reassure him that the United States would not impose sanctions for Russia’s meddling in the elections. Then Flynn lied about the whole business to the FBI agents who went over to talk to him about it. Then he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about it, and President Trump, Don Jr.’s father, fired him. The Justice Department charged Flynn with the federal crime of lying to the government agents, among other offenses. He has accepted a plea deal and is awaiting sentencing. That sounds to me as though a crime was committed.

In addition to generally lying at the drop of a hat, President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was convicted of non-governmental crimes, including money laundering and bank fraud. What part of this does Don Jr. not comprehend? And along with that, what planet does he live on? Is it possible the nut does not fall far from the tree?

Lock Her Up!

Number 6 in a series

Happening this week. Some bad news for somebody.

The Trump Foundation is closing down. From The New York Times

The Donald J. Trump Foundation, once billed as the charitable arm of the president’s financial empire, agreed to dissolve on Tuesday and give away all its remaining assets under court supervision as part of an ongoing investigation and lawsuit by the New York attorney general.

The foundation was accused by the attorney general, Barbara Underwood, of “functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests,” and of engaging in “a shocking pattern of illegality” that included unlawfully coordinating with Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

This is something novel to American society. A presidential family caught engaging in a criminal enterprise. It’s time again for that heart-rending chant:

Yeah, baby. Lock her up!

The Government You Paid For

Number 45 of a Series

This series is not for liberals. It’s for these supposed conservatives who voted for Donald Trump and for those who still support him. It’s my way of showing them the moon by way of dragging out the government they paid for. Yeah, the image above says it all.

It’s called flipping, and it almost ought to be illegal.

If it is illegal, then a bunch of Trump supporters are going to jail. What am I saying? A bunch have already flipped and gone to jail.

Possibly there could be more.

Mr. President, I am sure there are special visiting hours for close family members, especially for close family members who are technically in charge of the American justice system. You can stop by on your way to the golf course.

For now, a few more delicious images to put your mind at ease in case you have trouble getting to sleep tonight.

Dudes, you are getting the government you paid for.

All images are from ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, 14 September 2018.

This is your President speaking.

Number 138

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

Over 90% approval rating for your all time favorite (I hope) President within the Republican Party and 52% overall. This despite all of the made up stories by the Fake News Media trying endlessly to make me look as bad and evil as possible. Look at the real villains please!

Yes, please look over there. But where? When we looked over there we found this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIfLRqz0bg

Screen shot from CNN on YouTube

That will about do it for the “fake news” bit.

The Government You Paid For

Number 39 of a Series

You may not be satisfied with the weather we’re having, and you may be disappointed in your choice of friends, but one thing you can count on is getting the government you paid for. It would be interesting at this moment to take a look and see what kind of government you most recently purchased. The story comes from CNN streaming on YouTube and also from ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, streaming on Hulu, where I obtained these screen shots.

This centers on a story that’s been around for over a year, and it concerns a meeting involving some of candidate Donald Trump’s campaign advisors and a Russian promising help in Mr. Trump’s plan to defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016. The meeting occurred in Trump Tower, and what attracted Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and campaign manager Paul manafort was the promise that Natalia Veselnitskaya was prepared to dish up some dirt on Clinton. Others attended the June 2016 meeting, as well. One was Rinat Rafkatovitch Akhmetshin, “a Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet counterintelligence officer.”

So, when prosecutors and intelligence agencies began to dig into Vladimir Putin’s scheme to tip the scales for the election, one of the things they learned about was this meeting. What did the Trump team expect to gain by meeting with these Russians? It was beginning to look mighty suspicious. Denials started to fly. Don Jr. went full-throated to put some distance. He thought the meeting was going to be about adoption. There was a law on the books about adopting Russian children, and the Russians wanted some relief. Emails quickly put the lie to that explanation.

It’s worth noting that Sarah Sanders, a highly-paid government employee, has weighed in, quoting the President’s denial.

I’m beginning to think “I love it” will be the catch phrase by which this administration is tagged in the history books.

Incredibly, Don Jr. is under the impression that continuing to lie about the matter will make everything all right.

Things further unraveled a few days ago. Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s long-time attorney and fixer of problems, is now cooperating with the feds. He is saying that, despite denials over the past year, President Trump knew about the Russian meeting in advance. The President has responded, tweeting yesterday:

For the record, and so search engines can find it, here is the text of the President’s denial:

…..I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr. Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?). He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary’s lawyer. Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!

In order to repudiate Mr. Cohen’s charge, the President’s supporters need to impugn the character of Michael Cohen. Here is Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, and currently one of President Trump’s personal lawyers.

Yeah. That’s going to fly. Listen up, people, and that includes you, Mr. Mayor. When you set out to lay a string of lies, you need to concentrate on keeping your story straight.

In all my life I never expected every politician to be honest. I was hoping, however, to find at least one. I have been told that Diogenes still has his lamp, but that’s only a rumor.

Bye Bye My Love Goodbye

It’s sad to see long-time lovers breaking up. Somebody even wrote a song about it:

Bye bye love
Bye bye happiness
Hello loneliness
I think I’m-a gonna cry-y
Bye bye love
Bye bye sweet caress
Hello emptiness
I feel like I could die
Bye bye my love goodbye

[With apologies to the Everly Brothers.]

What’s even worse is when the breakup is above the fold on most news outlets. Double worse is when it’s about crime and politics and worse still when it’s presidential politics. Bye bye, my love, goodbye. The breakup is streaming now on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir on Hulu, where I obtained these screen shots.

This continuing saga has a history stretching back in time, before some of us were reborn. Like before the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States.

That’s right. Porn movie actress Stephanie Clifford, a.k.a. Stormy Daniels, and private citizen Trump had their own one-night stand a decade or so back. Actually, it may not be possible to classify this as a one-night stand, since (my understanding) a one-night stand lasts until morning. Furthermore, I cannot assure readers that anybody actually took their clothes off.

But that’s history, and although history may not always repeat itself, it does sometimes come back to haunt. Like when you are running for election for the highest office in the land, and election is a fortnight away, and you suddenly remember. “Oh, shit. There’s this Stormy Daniels business. That could put me down a half a point in the polling, and since I’m already 10 points down, it might be worth while shedding some cash and shaving a half point. Can somebody get Michael on the phone for me?”

Few deny that Michael Cohen, friend, attorney, and fixer for Donald Trump for over a decade, paid Ms. Clifford $130,000 to claim she did not hump the Trump while Donald’s sweet wife was preggers. So the money was paid, and the lady kept her mouth shut, and Trump eked out a win, and we have what we have today. Except…

Except the mouth did not stay shut. It’s amazing how mouths tend not to do so. At a point Ms. Clifford decided she had been screwed, and we wonder how long it took for her to figure that out. So she obtained another lawyer, figuring her then-lawyer Keith M. Davidson had been in bed (figuratively not literally) with Trump’s lawyer Cohen. So Clifford obtained new legal council in the person of Michael Avenatti, and Mr. Avenatti proceeded to unravel the NDA Mr. Cohen had negotiated on behalf of Mr. Trump.

Other lawyers began to look at the arrangement, and those lawyers work for the United States Government, and what they saw was possible violation of election law. Specifically, the payment to Ms. Clifford was a campaign expense, since it was an essential part of getting Mr. Trump elected, but said payment never showed up on any campaign financial disclosure filings. As lawyers, government lawyers at that, began to dig into the matter, other interesting stuff started to come out. Apparently government lawyers came to believe Michael Cohen had been practicing beyond the limits of established statutes, and they did what government lawyers often do:

Agents of the FBI seized documents and more than a dozen phones and electronic devices.

Yeah, here is some of the stuff the government lawyers suspect:

To obtain a warrant to carry out this search on Mr. Cohen’s office, house, and hotel room, they demonstrated to a magistrate they had probable cause Mr. Cohen had engaged in bank and wire fraud. Mr. Cohen is in deep trouble.

If Mr. Cohen is in deep trouble, then President Trump is in an inch of trouble, because Mr. Cohen had been doing a lot of dirty stuff for Mr. Trump. How about if Mr. Cohen would tell the government lawyers about this stuff he had been doing for Mr. Trump?

No way.

“I would do anything to protect Mr. Trump.”

“Mr. President, is Michael Cohen going to flip, sir?” I just love the way the report added the superfluous “sir” at the end of that question. Anyhow, the president has been adamant:

The New York Times and a third rate reporter named Maggie Haberman, known as a Crooked H flunkie who I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will “flip.” They use….

….non-existent “sources” and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael, a fine person with a wonderful family. Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected. Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if….

….it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!

I take that as a “no.”

Oops! That was then. This is now.

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News:

My wife and my son have my first loyalty and always will. I put family and country first.

ABC News now has it that Michael Cohen sees losing everything over his loyalty to the president, which loyalty has historically never been reciprocated. Will Mr. Cohen cough up incriminating details on a sitting president in exchange for leniency on some serious charges? There are issues.

If Michael Cohen says, “Give me a break, and I’m going to tell you about some criminal stuff in Donald Trump’s past,” then prosecutors, and worst of all a judge, will be asking, “Is he going to make up stuff about the president in order to save his own hide?” It is a concern, but it doesn’t work that way. What Mr. Cohen can do is tell what he knows, and then prosecutors can use his statements in an affidavit, which they will take to a judge to obtain search warrants and subpoenas to obtain information that will corroborate what Michael Cohen has told them. Then, providing the there is verifiable criminal activity, they can begin criminal proceedings. Does anybody doubt the President of the United States has committed criminal acts worthy of prosecution? Not within shouting distance of where I now sit.

Michael Cohen has turned from “All the way with Donald Trump” (I know that doesn’t rhyme), to “Not so fast there, Mr. Trump.” He is expressing his legal view on the infamous Trump Tower of June 2016, saying…

“…an example of poor judgment.” You think?

Multiple news outlets, those which the president calls out as “fake news,” are reporting that Michael Cohen has obtained new legal counsel independent of the president’s legal team. That means that the Trump-Cohen partnership is coming asunder—the two will be going their separate ways. What’s about to play out could be very interesting and will likely end up in the history books.

Bye bye, my love, goodbye.

The Apple and the Tree

The distance is measured in inches. This is number 2.

Full disclosure: I subscribe to Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, for this very purpose. There is  a problem however. Confusion arises from time to time. I spot a juicy morsel, prepared to pounce. Then I pull up short. This was not posted by the President of the United States, although it was posted from the same tree. To wit:

Mark Levin: The attacks on Trump and his family are ‘unparalleled in American history!’

4:54 AM – 3 Mar 2018

All right. Those are not the words of Donald J. Trump Jr. That bit of silliness was posted by Mark Levin, a conservative radio and TV personality famous for his attacks on all things not conservative. Mark Levin is the person who decided the attacks on Donald Trump and his family (including Donald Jr.) are unparalleled. It was Donald Jr. who decided the comment was worth re-posting. The world wonders. We wonder what Donald Jr. would post if he had nothing to pull from a nearby source. Perhaps:

I love it.

This pertaining to the suggestion that he and other campaign officials attend a meeting with a Russian lawyer who might have dirt to dish on opponent Hillary Clinton.

Regarding Mark Levin’s comment: “The attacks on Trump and his family are unparalleled in American history!” Dude, get a grip on reality.

The Apple and the Tree

The distance is measured in inches.

 

 

There’s lots of stuff I like to cover. Some it is strenuous, requiring a few hours or research and confirmation of facts. Other stories get handed to me, some from highly-paid people working for the United States Government. Or their close relatives.

Donald Trump Jr. ‘Likes’ Conspiracy Theory About Florida Shooting Survivor’s Ex-FBI Dad

Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday morning apparently clicked the “Like” button on not one, but two tweets promoting a conspiracy theory about a Florida school-shooting survivor’s ex-FBI agent father. “Could it be that this student is running cover for his dad who Works as an FBI agent at the Miami field office Which botched tracking down the Man behind the Valentine day massacre? Just wondering. Just connecting some dots,”

The item posted to the Daily Beast today linked to one of the items in question, which in turn linked to a tweet no-longer available. See this:

A screen shot may be all the more you’re going to get. Bryson followed up by posting a screen shot of the remarkable tweet, currently nowhere to be found:

Some others enjoyed a nice belly laugh over that one.

Donald Trump Jr. Liked Tweets Promoting A Conspiracy Theory About A Florida Shooting Survivor

The tweets attacked a 17-year-old Parkland school shooting survivor by alleging that he was coached in an anti-Trump narrative by his father who is a former FBI agent.

Additionally:

Hogg told BuzzFeed News on Tuesday that Trump Jr.’s peddling of conspiracy theories was “immature, rude, and inhuman.”

“I just think it’s a testament to the sick immaturity and broken state of our government when these people feel the need to pedal conspiracy theories about people that were in a school shooting where 17 people died and it just makes me sick,” Hogg said. “It’s immature, rude, and inhuman for these people to destroy the people trying to prevent the death of the future of America because they won’t,” he said.

One of his classmates also pointed out on Twitter that the idea of Hogg being a professional actor was, well, laughable.

The sources that so enthralled Trump Jr., according to BuzzFeedNews, are OneAmericaNews and True Pundit. From True Pundit::

 

Details are available. One America News Network:

One America News Network (abbreviated as OANN), also referred to as One America News (abbreviated as OAN), is an American cable news television channel launched on July 4, 2013 that is owned by Herring Networks, Inc. The network is headquartered in San Diego, California, and operates a news bureau in Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Originally launched with the intention of targeting a conservative and center-right audience, OAN states a goal of delivering credible national and international news coverage throughout the day while its prime time political talk shows illustrate a conservative perspective. According to the Washington Post, the channel has risen to greater prominence due to its pro-Trump coverage.

Some True Pundit coverage (images not included):

BUSTED: Trump-Hating School Shooting Survivor Visited CNN HQ Before the Shooting; Ranted Live on CNN After

Things keep getting stranger with young David Hogg.

First, we learn the mainstream media’s school shooting darling is the son of an FBI agent (retired). Then he goes on television ranting against President Trump when the deadly Florida school shooting last week — it turns out — was more the fault of the FBI than anyone even close to the White House.

Hogg ranted live on CNN and CBS and all other networks as his anti-Trump and anti-GOP gun control comments went viral in the mainstream media vacuum.

Liberal Nation applauded.

But now we learn Hogg was hanging out at CNN headquarters in Atlanta, GA sometime Before the school shooting. Before the shooting. Posing behind an news anchor desk? Perhaps Hogg’s career dream is to sign on with the network — a young Jake Tapper — as he has portrayed himself since the deadly shooting that claimed 17 students as a “student journalist and entrepreneur.”

Welcome to the Big Leagues.

Then after, Hogg goes on CNN live to rant about Trump and the conservatives.

Beyond coincidence.

Hogg also likes to sport his CNN T-shirt to school and beyond.

You can cut the irony with a chainsaw it is so thick here.

The Deep State media strikes again.

The kid who has been running his mouth about how Donald Trump and the GOP are teaming to help murder high school kids by upholding the Second Amendment is the son of an FBI agent.

David Hogg is a school shooting survivor in Florida. At least that is what the mainstream media has told us. We wouldn’t be surprised by anything involving the FBI at this point.

From Deep State CBS News:

“David Hogg was in school when the Parkland, Florida, shooting started. His father is a retired FBI agent, so he recognized immediately that this was a gun. Here’s what he did:”

And while the media allowed Hogg to adorn us with his worldly teen views on the Constitution, they conveniently left out the part where the FBI was warned that the Florida school shooter had promised to shoot up a school — at least twice — long before the massacre that killed 17 students last week.

If Hogg knew the shooter would snap — as he and other students have professed — perhaps he could have told his father about it.

Oh but wait, his father was in the FBI.

It would not have mattered anyway.

That’s the funny thing about the limelight, kid.

Often the lights can come crashing down on your head.

Well played, Don Jr. Well played. You have had a master teacher.

People Unclear

This is number 37 of a long series

There are two points that need to be cleared up:

  • Don’t invite your mistress to your wedding.
  • Maybe there’s no need for a second point.

With today’s revelations regarding Russian meddling how long will the leftist witch hunt against continue?

Don Jr., I hope this has been of some help to you.