President Trump Goes Plural on Manchester Terror, Gets Real with Mahmoud Abbas

“Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded, and even rewarded.”

That was one of several pointed lines in President Trump’s remarks from Bethlehem Tuesday morning as he delivered a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

And that’s not all. He used the plurals when discussing the attack. That matters. I have quotes below, but first, here’s the clip of his admonition to Palestine.

(Full opening remarks on Manchester attack posted here by Jennifer Van Laar.)

“It’s so interesting our meeting took place on this very horrible morning of death to innocent young people. Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded, and even rewarded. We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single, unified voice.”

This is an important point to make to Abbas. It seems like never more than a few days go by without hearing about someone attacking guards at an outpost or civilians on the street in Israel, and such incidents are absolutely tolerated and rewarded. Moreover, Palestinian activists here in the United States laud them and use eliminationist or even genocidal rhetoric regarding Jews and the state of Israel, indicating their support for more such attacks. If there is to be a supposed peace, it can’t be just about where borders are drawn, but about whether an environment of violence and terror will continue to be tolerated, funded, and rewarded.

It wasn’t the only salient point, here, however.

The President repeatedly used the plurals when talking about the attack in Manchester. He said the mostly young victims were murdered by “evil losers,” plural, and that he “won’t call them monsters because they would like that.”

Throughout, he refers to an evil ideology, establishes a pattern, and identifies this attacker as part of a group, acting in concert with that group. That is a far cry from the last eight years, when Obama did everything he could to paint each of many terror attacks as lone wolf individuals committing singular attacks due to their own disturbed state of mind.

The media prefers that game, and they’re still playing it, as you can see from this example:

That “whether” is pretty important. The media is subtly giving the impression across the board that this has been definitively labeled a lone wolf attack. That is decidedly not the case. The investigation is ongoing. The Chief Constable literally said they were investigating “whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.” If they are investigating to find out if he was acting alone, why is CNN reporting that the police said he acted alone?

They’ve weasel-worded it so they can say they meant he was alone during the attack, but that’s not the impression they are working so hard to give.

President Trump put the Manchester bomber back in the plurals. He put him back into a big picture, and that picture was extended to include acts of violence in Israel. It’s a powerfully combined message (which would have been more so, if better delivered) that we haven’t seen or heard for some time from the White House.

Would that the messenger were a match for the message. But that’s a small lament against the broader implications of such a speech even making it out of draft these days. I’d rather hear an okay delivery of truth than a remarkable delivery of a lie. And the truth is that many times, what is dismissed as a one-off, lone wolf attack by the media and some democrats is actually part of a broader movement, and even directly involves aid and assistance from that network.

It is that very possibility that police in Manchester are investigating right now, despite media attempts to call the matter settled. And it is that very web of violence and ideology that must be addressed, along with the many other aspects of dispute, in talks with Israel and Palestine.

Now if we can just get him to stop sharing classified intel with Russia …

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WATCH LIVE: President Trump Addresses Manchester Attack from Bethlehem

The President is holding a joint presser with Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem shortly, and Sean Spicer has notified the press that Trump will be addressing the terror attack in Manchester at that time.

The remarks are set to being any moment. Watch below.

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“There Are Children Among the Deceased” Confirms Manchester Chief, as Official Death Toll Rises [VIDEO]

“What I can confirm is that there are children among the deceased.” Those are the terrible words of Chief Constable Ian Hopkins in an early morning presser covering the terror attack on the Manchester Arena on Monday night after an Ariana Grande concert.

The death toll now stands at 22 deceased, 59 injured.

More than 400 officers have been deployed in the aftermath according to the Chief Constable.

“We have been treating this as a terrorist incident,” says Hopkins, “and we believe, at this stage, the attack last night was conducted by one man.”

The attack was killed at the arena. He was carrying an improvised explosive device (IED) “which he detonated causing this atrocity”, police believe. Hopkins asked people “not to speculate on “his details, or share names.”

No other information was shared regarding the dead attacker, except that he emphasized they were focusing on finding out if he acted alone or as “part of a network.” That’s a pretty big hint.

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Trey Gowdy: Show Me The Memo! (VIDEO)

On Fox News tonight, Rep. Trey Gowdy cut right to the heart of the latest explosive Trump story. We’ve all heard now about the already-infamous Comey memo written about by the New York Times. As you know, they did not have a copy but had it read to them over the phone. Comey has not denied the memo, but it does mean that, at the very least, we don’t know the sum of it.

So Gowdy rightly, directly, and succinctly points out what should be obvious: we need to see it. “Your viewers and my fellow citizens deserve to see the entire context of whatever conversation may or may not have taken place,” he says.

GOWDY: Obviously want to see the memo, Obviously want to talk to Director Comey to determine how contemporaneous his recording of the conversation was. Also, importantly, not just what was said, but what did Director Comey hear? how did he take it? And thhat can only be done, with all due respect to the New York Times, that can only be done by looking at the memo and talking to Director Comey.

MCCALLUM: Yeah, The New York Times in this report, does not have the memo in their hands. it was read to them over the phone. So that, in and of itself … as you point out, it’s very difficult to get the context if you can’t read the whole thing.

GOWDY: Well if you go back to criminal procedure, which is my background, there is a doctrine called Rule of Completeness. Whenever part of the document is introduced, you got to be able to look at the entire document. Your viewers and my fellow citizens deserve to see the entire context of whatever conversation may or may not have taken place. And, quite frankly, Director Comey deserves an opportunity to come tell us how he heard it, what he heard, how pervasive it was, and how much of the conversation that segment consumed.

Fox’s McCallum also asks Gowdy a few seconds later whether he thinks that Director Comey was obligated to come forward earlier. This is an important question, because a lot folks are now pointing out his delay in reporting this incident as evidence that either it isn’t true, or that he violated the law by not reporting it. Gowdy, however, disagrees. When McCallum asked if Comey was so obligated, Gowdy replied:

“I don’t think so. I’m probably in a minority here. I don’t think Dir. Comey reported President Obama the four different times he prejudged the outcome of an investigation, and there were four different times. Director Comey has not been afraid in the past to say ‘no’ to Presidents and Attorney Generals, um, he did it when he was with the Department of Justice. I think if he felt like this was an effort to influence him, he knows exactly what to do. But I won’t know that until I have a chance to ask him.”

A very interesting point indeed. I read it twice.

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The Five Smartest Reactions to the WaPo “Trump Leaked Classified Intel” Bomb

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster walks back to the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 15, 2017, after speaking to the media. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster walks back to the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 15, 2017, after speaking to the media. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Conventional internet wisdom is that everyone has a hot take on every Trump story. It is, of course, a generalization. Usually. But I believe it is possible that literally everyone everywhere forever had a hot take last night and this morning on the story from the Washington Post about an alleged dangerous exposure of classified information to the Russians. Like, everyone. And their pets. It’s a big story.

The Washington Post is under scrutiny now, and should be. This is the kind of bombshell you better be able to back up, and their track record is (generously) spotty. In equal measure lacking credibility is President Trump, the pattern liar.

And you have carefully worded denials from Tillerson and McMaster. In other words, it’s a cluster. It would not be the first time the media got ahead of their story and had to walk it back. It would also not be the first time that the Trump administration’s position/denials “evolved” as evidence mounted. We’ll find out, I guess.

There, see? Everyone has a hot take, including me. But some are better than others. The best are here at RedState, of course. Just click over to the front page. But below, well these are the five non-RedState takes that are absolute must-reads. In no particular order …

1) Jonah Goldberg, National Review

No, I don’t think for a moment that Trump deliberately divulged to the Russians classified information at an event covered by Russian media (but not American media) the day after he fired the FBI director for not doing more to end the investigation of his campaign’s alleged involvement with the Russians. That’s “resistance” paranoia stuff. But the idea that Trump — with his irrepressible need to boast to the point of narcissistic incontinence combined with his lackadaisical approach to the nuts-and-bolts demands of the job — somehow just let something slip is utterly and completely believable. It was apparently believable to various members of his own administration. What’s harder to believe, however, is the idea that H. R. McMaster lied tonight.

Read the rest: Trust But Verify

2) John Podhoretz, Commentary

There are other reasons for everyone, including Trump supporters, to be furious as well, even if what might have happened here does not trigger so breathtaking a consequence. For example: If it becomes an accepted fact that the president revealed code-word intelligence at the highest level to an American antagonist, how on earth is any federal prosecutor going to be able to build a leak case against a lower-level official on the grounds that such an official mishandled classified information? Defense attorneys will be able to raise the case of the commander-in-chief himself revealing such information and raise substantive questions about due process and equal treatment.

Here’s another: The Senate is in the process or is supposed to be in the process of debating the health-care bill. Procedurally, because Republicans can only pass the bill under the “reconciliation” process, it must get through the Senate and be harmonized with the House bill by mid-June if it is to proceed. Only if the health-care bill passes can Trump’s tax-cut package come under consideration, because he needs the budgetary savings provided by the health-care bill to fund the tax cuts by the fall.

Who now thinks the Senate is going to be able to keep its eyes on the prize, buckle down, and pass the health-care bill? Anybody? Bueller?

Read the rest: Trump’s Supposed Leak: The Worst Thing Yet?

3. Tom Nichols on Twitter:

And this summary, after trolling.

4. Ben Shapiro, On Twitter.

Shapiro’s Twitter feed is chock full of good tweets, retweets, and a variety of points of view. But I narrowed it down to this one.

Use. Your sense.

5) Eleventy co-authors, Lawfare


First, this is not a question of “leaking classified information” or breaking a criminal law. Let’s dispense with one easy rabbit hole that a lot of people are likely to go down this evening: the President did not “leak” classified information in violation of law. He is allowed to do what he did. If anyone other than the President disclosed codeword intelligence to the Russians in such fashion, he’d likely be facing a long prison term. But Nixon’s infamous comment that “when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal” is actually true about some things. Classified information is one of them. The nature of the system is that the President gets to disclose what he wants.

Also this excerpt:

Second, this is not a garden variety breach, and outrage over it is not partisan hypocrisy about protecting classified information.

There is a semi-regular partisan food fight over the other party’s handling of classified information. There are too many examples of hypocrisy and faux-outrage on both sides to count. So Republicans can point to any number of statements by Democrats minimizing the significance or severity of disclosing classified information; Democrats, meanwhile can do the same with Republican statements underscoring the importance of protecting classified information.

This debate, which we assume to be inevitable, is a distraction and should be ignored.

The information allegedly disclosed here appears to be of an extremely sensitive nature. According to the Post, President Trump’s own aides “appeared to recognize immediately that Trump had overstepped and moved to contain the potential fallout” by contacting the directors of CIA and NSA. The Post does not report whether the White House also notified the foreign ally who provided the information of the compromise.

And finally this excerpt:

Eighth, this episode raises the stakes on the nomination of the FBI Director to replace Comey.  Ben and Jack explained this morning why Trump must not appoint a political figure for the job, but rather must replace Comey with someone apolitical with law enforcement expertise and a reputation for independence. One reason for the conclusion, but only one, was the need for absolute vigilance, and the appearance of vigilance, in the investigation of the DNC hack and the Trump campaign and administration.

There are nine total points, and it’s worth reading every one.

Those are the must-reads BESIDES the RedState must-reads. But never to leave the audience wanting, here’s a runner-up tweet from the indispensable Garry Kasparov:

Today will see many more additions to the must-reads. There are angles galore, and nothing is proven. It’s all a what-if at the moment. In the meantime, it’s always important, as Dan Spencer reminds us, to remember the source.

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Ann Coulter’s Next Book: In Trump W̶e̶ ̶T̶r̶u̶s̶t̶ Disgust?


We live in a time of reversals. Global cooling has become global warming. Michelle Obama’s speeches have become Melania Trump’s speeches. Women have become good at comedy. (Okay, okay settle down. I’m kidding!!! They haven’t.)

There are, of course, the Trump reversals. He’s flipped and flopped, flopped on his flips, and even did a 360 degree triple inverted shark jump. And there are Trump-inspired ones, like former anti-Trump bloggers changing course to defend him in the name of opposing his opponents … or whatever.

The best reversal, however, has to be Ann Coulter going from “worship” to what the sh**? over her continuing dismay with the man for whom she said she would “walk across glass,” which she revealed in detail in a Daily Caller interview.

So there’s no wall, and Obama’s amnesties look like they are here to stay. Do you still trust Trump?

Uhhhh. I’m not very happy with what has happened so far. I guess we have to try to push him to keep his promises. But this isn’t North Korea, and if he doesn’t keep his promises I’m out. This is why we voted for him. I think everyone who voted for him knew his personality was grotesque, it was the issues.

I hate to say it, but I agree with every line in my friend Frank Bruni’s op-ed in The New York Times today. Where is the great negotiation? Where is the bull in the china shop we wanted? That budget the Republicans pushed through was like a practical joke… Did we win anything? And this is the great negotiator?

“This isn’t North Korea” naturally completely contradicts her previous statement, which is what she intended, of course. Despite the undying loyalty she professed following what she calls Trump’s “Mexican rapist speech,” she wishes you to know it was always dependent on Trump following through on his campaign promises.

Coulter, who said she’d be fine with him performing abortions in the Oval Office thanks to his immigration positions, is apparently not fine with him signing the Republican budget.

Of course, her argument is that this is perfectly consistent. She was fine with him being trashy trash, as long as she got what she wanted. You may recognize that opinion as the one every single Republican pushing Trump last year repeated ad nauseum like it was some sort of great revelation of political vision. You may further recognize it as the one used by the current batch of conservatives trying to make up for opposing Trump by spending all their time trashing the people they were in total agreement with just a few months ago. That is to say, the former anti-Trumpers who have become fanatically opposed to current anti-Trumpers. You know, like when someone quits smoking and then they become the prophet born anew of clean lungs and empty ashtrays.

In any case, the point Ann is glossing over is gullibility. Asked by the Daily Caller if she would apologize to NeverTrumpers, Ann said:

I don’t apologize for supporting Trump. He said all the right things and nobody else would even say it.

So she liked him saying things, and other people said, “he doesn’t mean those things he says,” for which sin she and a virtual army descended upon them like locusts, and now that she herself thinks he didn’t mean those things he said, she has no regrets?

“I still believe in Trumpism,” said Ann. “I have no regrets for ferociously supporting him. What choice did we have?”

You had the choice not to do that. You had the choice to recognize that people who have spent their lives and dedicated their work to conservative values deserved a little respect, even though they correctly surmised you were foolishly believing words that had no basis in deeds.

Trump’s few kept promises are somehow glossing over the major points where he has totally reversed himself. Amnesty and Dreamers being a huge one, and one that we at RedState repeatedly predicted he would fold on like a cheap suit. He did. There were many pre-election reversals by Trump as well. We pointed them out. People who follow Coulter trashed us for it then, and they continue to do so now, even as his biggest promise to his biggest fans gets more and more unlikely to come true.

Still, Ann thinks the doubt is creeping. “I think all of the Trump true believers are petrified,” she said.

Now you know how we felt in all of 2016, Ann.

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BREAKING: FBI Director James Comey FIRED

Get the “you’re fired” jokes in, because James Comey is out. Sean Spicer confirmed this during today’s daily press briefing at the White House.

“The president has accepted the recommendation of the Attorney General and the deputy Attorney General regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” he said. (We’ll have video shortly.)

The news hit Twitter almost immediately and is already the top trending topic.

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