The news media, by and large, has yet to accept his historic victory six months later. It's as if they are stuck on November 7, 2016, the day before We the People voted and crushed the news media's ego.
Some in the media almost sobbed on Election Night.
In his first bid for public office, President Trump defeated two political machines that between them had owned the presidency for two consecutive decades -- the House of Bush and the House of Clinton.
He did so despite being outspent two-to-one, and despite media coverage that by the end of the election cycle was 90 percent negative.
President Trump did so by openly challenging the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, and the media.
He won because all three are losers who failed the people miserably in the 21st century.
Consider Obamacare. The media wasted its credibility peddling this crap. Or the stimulus. Or the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Or the Iranian deal. Or the rise of the Islamic State.
The failures of the Washington Establishment paved the way for Donald Trump to win.
The media has lost its power, but doesn't realize it. He figured this all out in two seconds. He plays the media like the cheap little suckers they are.
The Hair On Fire coverage of the news media delights me. They are all Mister Jones now -- even Fox News -- unable to figure out what time it is.
Headlines from the Washington Post last night read:
Trump has no connection to Putin.
- EXCLUSIVE Blackwater founder met secretly in Seychelles to establish Trump-Putin back channel
- The Fix: The White House is a smoke machine when it comes to Russia
- Graphic: Here’s what we know so far about Team Trump’s ties to Russian interests
The Putin story is a ruse that Barack Obama thinks provided cover for his illegal and unconstitutional espionage and surveillance of the political opposition. I have no doubt that Obama's web of espionage extended well beyond Donald Trump.
The abuse of the National Security Agency to spy on Trump continued even after his election.
Yet the media thinks we are a bunch of dupes, and continues to pretend the victim is the villain.
From Juan Williams of Fox News:
Trump's risk of impeachment rises
Liberal Democrats could yet see their dreams come true.
Last week, a new poll from the liberal outfit Public Policy Polling (PPP) asked Americans if President Trump should resign if evidence emerges that his campaign worked with Russia to help defeat Hillary Clinton. A majority, 53 percent, said he should resign.
That is important because PPP also found that 44 percent of Americans already believe that Trump’s campaign did just that.
It is no fantasy to say the drip-drip-drip of the Trump-Russia investigations is draining this presidency of political capital. The president’s historically high disapproval rating — 51 percent in the latest McClatchy poll — tells the same story.
That’s why astute Republicans are starting to look out for themselves.
The first Republican to begin to run for cover was Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who decided to recuse himself from any role in the investigation. Last week Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, sought immunity in exchange for his testimony to congressional investigators.
A majority of Americans want a special prosecutor — including 39 percent of Republicans, according to one poll. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has called for Congress to form a bipartisan select committee to probe ties between Russia and the Trump camp.I nominate Juan Williams for Fool of the Year, and it is only April.
Does he really think a Republican-held House will impeach President Trump over Barack Obama's abuse of power?
Does he really think Americans are so dumb they fall for this phantom menace of a Putin conspiracy?
Does he really think Americans don't know now what a Democratic poodle John McCain is?
But Fox News needs a liberal or two, and Juan Williams fits the bill. He would rather be seen by millions on Fox News than heard by thousands at NPR.
The truth is out there. And Eli Lake of Bloomberg broke from the pack and reported:
White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
The pattern of Rice’s requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government’s policy on “unmasking” the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like “U.S. Person One.”
The National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, was conducting the review, according to two U.S. officials who spoke with Bloomberg View on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. In February Cohen-Watnick discovered Rice’s multiple requests to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports that related to Trump transition activities. He brought this to the attention of the White House General Counsel’s office, who reviewed more of Rice’s requests and instructed him to end his own research into the unmasking policy.The truth is slipping out, like water from a flooded bathroom leaking from the closed door.
From John Hinderacker: "Susan Rice in crosshairs as potential felon."
He's a lawyer.
Another lawyer, Kurt Schlichter, wrote:
If you’re stressed out about this whole Russian nonsense, relax – Donald Trump didn't do anything wrong, and he's not going be impeached, arrested, or ritually disemboweled. When the truth comes out and it explodes in the Democrats’ soft, girlish hands, we’ll all be laughing and toasting their humiliation with Stoli shots.
How do I know this with utter certainty? Because it's all so glaringly obvious, and it’s the only scenario that fits the facts. As Hugh Hewitt says, this scandal has three silos. The first silo is the question of whether the Russians somehow “hacked our election.” The second silo is whether any Trump people “colluded” with the Russians. The third silo, the one patriots care most about since it’s the one that isn’t a ridiculous fantasy, is whether anyone in Obama's administration used our intelligence apparatus to spy on his and Hillary’s political opponents. The answers are “No,” “No,” and “Yes.” The end results are going to be a stronger Trump, weaker Democrats, and various Obama minions exploring new career opportunities in the exciting fields of license plate-making, large-to-small rock transformation, and artisanal pruno distilling.
Russians didn’t hack the election. Liberals use the word “hacked” because they can claim they only mean “influenced” while implying to stupid people inclined to believe their conspiracy theories that the Russians broke into computers and changed votes from Hillary to Donald. Of course, they forgot to also change the Senate votes to the Dems, but whatev.
Even James Comey agrees that never happened, so now the Democrats are claiming that Russian social media bots used fake news to trick the previously Hillary-inclined electorate into voting against her. Basically, they’re saying Hillary’s supporters were easily duped idiots. Now, dummies have always been a key Democrat demographic. She clearly has a unique appeal to the stupid, the gullible, and the readily confused, making the voters she was counting on especially vulnerable to those cunning Russian clickbaiters operating from secret Macedonian villages.I remember Watergate.
The Washington Post broke the story before the 1972 election, but pack journalists blew it of. They had sources in the White House who told them it was nothing.
Sam Ervin and company started an investigation in the Senate in 1973. The next year, the House began drafting an impeachment. Nixon got the hint and resigned.
Speak of the devil, the Washington Examiner reported:
The Washington Post's Bob Woodward warned on Wednesday that there are people from the Obama administration who could be facing criminal charges for unmasking the names of Trump transition team members from surveillance of foreign officials.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said earlier that he had briefed Trump on new information, unrelated to an investigation into Russian activities, that suggested that several members of Trump's transition team and perhaps Trump himself had their identities "unmasked" after their communications were intercepted by U.S. intelligence officials.
The revelation is notable because identities of Americans are generally supposed to remain "masked" if American communications are swept up during surveillance of foreign individuals.Barack Obama might consider moving to Ireland or another nation that does not extradite.
As for Susan Rice, she needs to lawyer up. Fast. Evelyn Farkas too. And whatever else they do, they need to stay off TV. Those interviews they already gave have helped future Obamagate investigators immensely.
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