With the Iran Nuclear Deal on the Table, Tillerson and Haley Find Themselves at Odds

Nikki Haley would make a better Secretary of State, anyway, if you ask me.

The Washington Free Beacon is reporting on an internal rift between Ambassador Haley and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in regards to the ill-advised Iran deal.

The Reader’s Digest version is that Tillerson loves the deal and wants to keep it, as is. Haley, on the other hand, balks at the notion of Tillerson’s support, and feels he’s working directly against President Trump’s agenda.

The division is one of several that Tillerson has sparked within the administration, particularly in the West Wing, where the secretary of state has been described as in “open war” with Trump on a series of major foreign policy issues, including Iran and the Israel-Palestinian impasse.

“The tension between Rex and Nikki is the worst kept secret in the State Department,” according to one veteran foreign policy hand who has been in close contact with the State Department on the issue.

Haley “thinks that [Tillerson is] trying to undermine the president and preserve Obama’s Iran legacy, which is true,” explained the source, who would only discuss the sensitive matter on background. “He thinks she’s running her own foreign policy and auditioning for his job, which is also true.”

You can count me as Team Nikki, here.

They’ve managed to keep the tensions under wraps, for most part, not willing to let the world see anything but absolute unity, at least on the surface.

Both Tillerson and Haley attended a meeting together on Wednesday with world leaders, to discuss the future of the Iran deal.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall.

There have been some more public clashes, but those were shut down quickly, in order to protect that veneer of teamwork.

“It will keep happening as long as the secretary keeps working to force Trump to certify while the ambassador keeps working to promote what Trump says he wants,” the source said.

Opponents of the bill are looking to Haley, who they see as an ally.

“Tillerson is buying what the Europeans are selling and he’s really pushing the president to recertify,” said the source, who also requested anonymity to discuss internal conversations. “The Republicans on Capitol Hill don’t want this to fall into their lap so they’re backing Tillerson for now. Haley is doing what she can to fight for what’s right, but it might not matter if [Secretary of Defense] Mattis backs up Tillerson.”

“President Trump’s going to be totally humiliated by the Iranians if he falls for something this stupid,” the source said.

So does Mattis back Tillerson?

Remains to be seen.

“Haley clearly understands that the status quo is unsustainable,” said one senior congressional official involved in the matter. “She recognizes that the nuclear deal has been a complete disaster for the United States and our allies.”

“Meanwhile, Tillerson continues to pursue his own agenda at State with little regard for the president’s priorities,” the official said. “It’s good to see Haley stand firm as the voice of reason, and urge Tillerson and other Iran sympathizers to end their rogue behavior.”

One thing is for sure: Europe can’t be trusted to stand up to Iran, and they don’t like the idea that the U.S. might not recertify.

Foreign policy strategist, Richard Goldberg, was an architect of the sanctions against Iran, as a senior congressional adviser. He’s advising against recertifying and against trusting Europe to get tough with Iran in extreme situations.

“The president would be foolish to recertify Iran on Europe’s empty promise of “fixing” the deal,” said Goldberg, the author of a recent memo outlining for the Trump administration how it can remove the U.S. from the nuclear deal. “Unless European leaders credibly believe President Trump might reimpose sanctions at any moment, they will say nice things in meetings and do absolutely nothing to ‘fix’ a fundamentally bad deal they already accepted.”

Tough talk, but I believe him.

Goldberg goes on to suggest Trump’s best move would be to deem Iran as in violation of the agreement and to apply new sanctions.

“The president has no other option than to decertify and hold the re-imposition of sanctions over both Europe and Iran as a financial Sword of Damocles until we see behavioral change by the regime,” he said.

That sounds like a plan, but first, the internal issues with the administration need to be addressed, meaning, get Rex Tillerson on board with everybody else.

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Trump’s Actions Since Taking Office Have Robert Mueller’s Team Asking Questions

Among the things being closely examined by special counsel Robert Mueller would be the post-election antics of Donald Trump.

According to a new report in the New York Times, the firing of FBI Director James Comey, national security adviser Michael Flynn, and the Oval Office meeting Trump had with two Russian officials are on his radar.

In recent weeks, Mr. Mueller’s office sent a document to the White House that detailed 13 different areas that investigators want more information about. Since then, administration lawyers have been scouring White House emails and asking officials whether they have other documents or notes that may pertain to Mr. Mueller’s requests.

One of the requests is about a meeting Mr. Trump had in May with Russian officials in the Oval Office the day after James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, was fired. That day, Mr. Trump met with the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, and the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. Kislyak, along with other Russian officials. The New York Times reportedthat in the meeting Mr. Trump had said that firing Mr. Comey relieved “great pressure” on him.

That would be the meeting where the Russian officials reportedly had a good chuckle when reporters mentioned Comey’s firing.

That’s also the meeting where Trump revealed sensitive information about the movements of an Israeli spy embedded with ISIS in Syria, potentially putting his life in danger.

There’s more.

Mueller also wants to know about Trump’s hand in crafting the (false) statement given by Donald Trump Jr., regarding the June 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-connected attorney.

Because people with nothing to hide don’t need to lie.

Ty Cobb, the lawyer Mr. Trump hired to provide materials related to the Russia investigation to the special counsel and Congress, has told Mr. Mueller’s office that he will turn over many of the documents this week.

“We can’t comment on any specific requests being made or our conversations with the special counsel,’’ he said.

But somebody is commenting, and it sounds like this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Facebook Event Pages Used by Russians to Organize, Promote Pro-Trump Rallies

When you think about it, using social media as a means of pushing a particular narrative by a hostile foreign government really isn’t that difficult.

According to a new report from the Daily Beast, Russian propagandists attempted to organize pro-Trump rallies in at least 17 U.S. cities, using Facebook pages.

The demonstrations—at least one of which was promoted online by local pro-Trump activists— brought dozens of supporters together in real life. They appear to be the first case of Russian provocateurs successfully mobilizing Americans over Facebook in direct support of Donald Trump.

The Aug. 20, 2016, events were collectively called “Florida Goes Trump!” and they were billed as a “patriotic state-wide flash mob,” unfolding simultaneously in 17 different cities and towns in the battleground state. It’s difficult to determine how many of those locations actually witnessed any turnout, in part because Facebook’s recent deletion of hundreds of Russian accounts hid much of the evidence. But videos and photos from two of the locations—Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs—were reposted to a Facebook page run by the local Trump campaign chair, where they remain to this day.

“On August 20, we want to gather patriots on the streets of Floridian towns and cities and march to unite America and support Donald Trump!” read the Facebook event page for the demonstrations. “Our flash mob will occur in several places at the same time; more details about locations will be added later. Go Donald!”

The Facebook page that organized the events was called Being Patriotic, and had over 200,000 members. There was also a related Twitter account called @March_for_Trump.

Both accounts have been deleted, at this point. Facebook did a purge of any accounts they determined to be “fake,” or related to Russian players and seem to have deleted the page, as of August 27.

Events promoted by the page last year included a July “Down With Hillary!” protest outside Clinton’s New York campaign headquarters, a September 11 pro-Trump demonstration in Manhattan, simultaneous “Miners for Trump” demonstrations in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in October, and a pro-Trump rally outside Trump Tower last November, after his election victory.

Facebook admitted earlier this month that they’d determined there were around 3,000 ads, coming from 470 accounts that were linked to what they’re calling “Russian troll farms.”

The pro-Trump events represent “the next level” of suspected Russian influence operations, said Clint Watts, a former FBI agent who has testified about those operations to a Senate committee investigating them.

“This would be a direct effort that they attempted that’s more than online promotion,” Watts told The Daily Beast. “‘Let’s organize and try to get people to move to events in a proactive way around a candidate. Again, if it traces back to Russia, you can’t deny that’s foreign influence in an election.”

And clearly, they had a favorite and an agenda.

The thing about Facebook event pages is that anyone can mark themselves as attending. That doesn’t mean they’ll show up, so it’s hard to determine how much of an impact the pages had.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, as well as congressional investigators have been shown the ads, and they may seek to have Facebook executives testify about their origins.

 

 

 

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Will the Trump Brand be Enough to Bring the Crowds Out for Strange in Alabama?

What a conundrum Trumpbart Breitbart must be in.

They invested all their populist dreams in Donald Trump, only to see him roll on DACA, the border wall, and now in his choice of Senate candidates.

Trump has endorsed the establishment favorite, Luther Strange, in the runoff election for the Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In doing so, Trump has aligned himself with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

It looks like a family spat, however, as the outlet has opted to run a piece today, revealing that some within Trump’s White House worry about what the optics of a small crowd in Alabama could do to Trump’s image.

“White House aides told Breitbart News they were worried about turning out a large crowd size for Trump, given they know the president has already given his endorsement and that he and the Vice President Mike Pence are campaigning for the establishment candidate against the presumed anti-establishment candidate former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore,” it continues before citing an anonymous White House official.

“It doesn’t look good to have them [Trump and Pence] stumping for the guy who is going to lose,” the official told Breitbart.

“We have concerns that there may not be a high amount of turnout at the rallies for Strange and we are concerned that some of those that may show up may be there to shout pro-Roy Moore slogans — or that they just want to see the president and vice president but still plan to vote for Roy Moore,” Breitbart says another unidentified aide told it.

Welcome to politics.

Trump and Vice President Pence will both be making trips to Alabama in the coming days.

Trump is scheduled to appear in Huntsville on Friday, while Pence will make a last minute lunge for Strange on Monday in Birmingham.

On the other side, Sebastian Gorka and Sarah Palin – both reliable lackeys to the Trump cause – are campaigning over the weekend for Moore.

Currently, Moore is leading Strange in the polls.

I wouldn’t worry that hitching his wagon to a losing horse could ruin the crowd size. Trump will just do as he did for his last rally – have the people pack into a small area and film only that tight space, to give the illusion of a massive crowd.

Problem solved.

 

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Paul Manafort’s Troubles Didn’t Start When He Became Trump’s Campaign Manager

I know this will be small consolation for some, who have latched onto the news that FISA warrants were, in fact, issued for Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and want to hold that up as proof that Trump, himself, was “wiretapped.”

Frankly, this desire to martyr Trump is befuddling to me, but there is a palpable sense of satisfaction among some of Trump’s faithful in pinning the “Victim” label on their champion.

A new report from CNN, however, explains that not only has Paul Manafort been under investigation by the FBI for three years (You know, pre-campaign), but that the recent pre-dawn raid on Manafort’s home was part of a probe that could be extending back as far as 11 years.

If Trump was recorded, it was incidental, not intentional.

Manafort has previously denied financial wrongdoing regarding his Ukraine-related payments, his bank accounts in offshore tax shelters, and his various real estate transactions over the years.

Last year, authorities determined there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Manafort or anyone else involved in their Ukraine-related probe with anything. Mueller’s team, however, is working on a deadline, and some of the moves they’ve made seem to indicate they are in the advance stages of an investigation.

The period mentioned in the search warrant covers much of the decade that Manafort worked as a consultant for Ukraine’s former ruling party. It’s that work, which extended beyond the ouster of the president, Viktor Yanukovych, amid street protests in 2014, that prompted the FBI’s interest in Manafort. Yanukovych’s Party of Regions was accused of corruption and the FBI sought to learn whether the American consultants hired by the Ukrainian party, which also included Mercury LLC and the Podesta Group, were involved. The Justice Department probe also looked into whether the US firms violated the federal law that requires registration under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

All three firms earlier this year filed retroactive registrations with the Justice Department.

Besides the documents seized from Manafort’s home in the raid, Mueller has also subpoenaed his financial reports.

Also, Manafort’s notes from the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with the Russian attorney have been collected.

So far, it seems that very little was gathered from those, as they mostly centered on the Magnitsky Act.

The notes portray a meeting largely focused on a Russian lawyer’s complaints about investment fund manager William Browder and his role in pushing sanctions legislation to punish Russia. The Russian lawyer repeated claims that Browder made campaign donations to both parties as a way to pass a Russia sanctions law, according to sources briefed on the notes.

The notes are disjointed, the sources who have seen them said, and appear to focus on Russia’s frustration over a law passed in 2012 that led to frozen assets of powerful Russian officials.

Earlier news reports about the reference to political contributions in the notes have led to speculation that the meeting attended by Trump Jr., Manafort and Kushner included a request for donations.

But people who have seen the notes say the reference is to political contributions that the Russian lawyer alleged Browder made.

Again, any connection to Trump seems to be incidental, at most. Manafort is the target, because he has a background that raises red flags, and he has been under investigation for several years. It doesn’t matter that he’s known Trump for a number of years. Trump was not running for office when the investigation into Manafort’s dealings began.

The question now must be, why does Donald Trump surround himself with such shady characters?

Because he’s a victim?

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Costs for Trump’s Phoenix Rally Could Cause Sticker Shock for City Taxpayers

I can promise you, Trump isn’t worried about the costs, especially since it’s in Phoenix’s pocket.

According to a report from AZCentral.com, Trump’s ego-stroke campaign rally in the city last month has left taxpayers with nearly a half million dollar tab for city employee overtime.

The police department — which had a vast and visible presence outside the convention center before, during and after Trump’s rally — incurred the majority of the cost. But the fire, streets, water and public works departments all racked up substantial expenditures as well.

As has been the case with Trump rallies, since he actually had a reason to have them (like, when it was election season), there were protests and a need to have a law enforcement presence in greater numbers on the ground.

Here’s the cost incurred by each department:

— Public Works:  $2,928

— Water Services : $4,481

— Street Transportation: $49,767

— Fire Department: $60,483

—Police Department:  $336,887

Trump’s campaign foot the bill for the venue and their indoor security, to the tune of about $50,000, according to City Manager Ed Zuercher.

There were thousands of protesters in the streets that night, and they likely would have continued on for some time, had officers not deployed pepper balls, pepper spray, and various other means to “gently” convince the crowds that it was time to pack up their signs and go home.

Zuercher said it would be inappropriate to charge Trump’s campaign or the protest groups for the costs the city incurred to manage the civic response to the president’s visit.

“You can’t dampen free speech by telling people they have to pay for free speech,” Zuercher said.

Well, that’s one way to look at it.

And of course, there’s always the opposing view:

“It’s 2017. He just won in 2016. This shouldn’t be something that the city of Phoenix should pay for,” Arizona Democratic Party spokesman Enrique Gutierrez said.

What do the taxpayers of Phoenix think? Ultimately, their opinion matters most.

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What Did John Kelly Think of Trump’s UN Speech? See for Yourself

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, in which case, I’m so glad somebody thought to snap a couple of shots of John Kelly during Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

Some may remember the viral picture of Trump’s chief of staff when he made his third version statement after the events of Charlottesville.

It was a true “Do not want” moment, apparently.

And while Republicans, in general, had positive things to say about Trump’s speech, if body language means anything, Kelly did not share their enthusiasm.

See for yourself.

I suppose it is quite possible that General Kelly was dealing with a really tenacious headache.

It’s possible, but then you have to ask, “What gave him the headache?”

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Trump Attorney Sabotages Planned Senate Intelligence Committee Appearance

I told you earlier that Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was scheduled to sit before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed door session today.

Well, it’s not happening.

Keeping in the tradition of Trump circle thuggery, Cohen ignored a request from the committee that he not speak with the press about his upcoming testimony.

“We were disappointed that Mr. Cohen decided to pre-empt today’s interview by releasing a public statement prior to his engagement with Committee staff, in spite of the Committee’s requests that he refrain from public comment,” Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) said in a statement.

“As a result, we declined to move forward with today’s interview.”

Cohen arrived for the interview a bit after 9am today, and was already behind closed doors for two hours, before the committee announced they would not be moving forward with the testimony.

Cohen’s attorney, Steve Ryan, released a statement regarding the cancellation of the session:

“Last week, the fact that we would be here today and you would be visiting to us was leaked to the press,” Ryan said, referring to press reports revealing the closed-door testimony.

“So everyone knew that we would be here today. Accordingly, we provided the short four-page opening statement that Mr. Cohen intended deliver to the press at 10 o’clock this morning.”

As a result of Cohen’s statement to the press, the committee will be rescheduling the session, but next time, they intend that it be a public forum, rather than the private forum first agreed to.

Cohen’s statement was full of campaign-trail rhetoric and attacks on the efforts of the committee. In fact, what he and his attorney have characterized as a brief, opening statement could rightly be seen as a lengthy attempt to sway the media and the public, controlling the narrative, ahead of any questioning.

Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today.

As part of this statement, I would like to accomplish two things.

First, I want to comment briefly but clearly on the presumed subject of this morning’s interview. Second, I want to address what I believe are the implications of it.

Let me be totally clear that I am innocent of the allegations raised against me in the public square, which are based upon misinformation and unnamed or unverifiable sources.

I have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or conversed with any member of the Russian Federation or anyone else to hack anyone or any organization.

I have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or conversed with any member of the Russian Federation or anyone else to hack or interfere with the election.

I have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or conversed with any member of the Russian Federation or anyone else to hack Democratic Party computers; and I have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or conversed with any member of the Russian Federation or anyone else to create fake news stories to assist the Trump campaign or to damage the Clinton campaign.

Given my own proximity to the President of the United States as a candidate, let me also say that I never saw anything – not a hint of anything – that demonstrated his involvement in Russian interference in our election or any form of Russian collusion.

I emphatically state that I had nothing to do with any Russian involvement in our electoral process.

In fact, I find the activities attributed to the Russian Federation, if found to be true, to be an offense to our democracy.

As an attorney, I believe justice ought not to be politicized in the United States of America – neither in this Senate office nor in the courts. I’m certain that the evidence at the conclusion of this investigation will reinforce the fact that there was no collusion between Russia, President Trump or me.

I’m also certain that there are some in this country who do not care about the facts, but simply want to politicize this issue, choosing to presume guilt – rather than presuming innocence – so as to discredit our lawfully elected President in the public eye and shame his supporters in the public square … this is un-American.

I am here today to reiterate my own innocence regarding the false allegations raised against me. What I seek is the Committee making a public conclusion about the truth or falsity of the allegations that follow.

My reputation was damaged in December 2016 when BuzzFeed published an unverified dossier prepared by a retired British spy – Christopher Steele – that was riddled with total falsehoods and intentionally salacious accusations.

In my opinion, the hired spy didn’t find anything factual, so he threw together a shoddily written and totally fabricated report filled with lies and rumors. The New York Post recently noted that much of the information in the dossier appeared at points to be copied from the internet; with typographical errors included.

My name is mentioned more than a dozen times in the lie-filled-dossier and so within moments of BuzzFeed’s publication, false allegations about me were plastered all over the national and international press. The accusations are entirely and totally false.

A core accusation was that I had traveled to Prague to meet with Russians regarding interfering with the election.

I have never in my life been to Prague or to anywhere in the Czech Republic. I might also add that I only have one passport (a United States Passport). I have to say that to you today – that I only have one passport – because another media outlet suggested that – as a Jew – I must also have an Israeli passport!

Aside from such an allegation being incredibly offensive, it is also totally wrong.

Let me tell you where I was on the day the dossier said I was in Prague.

I was in Los Angeles with my son who dreams of playing division 1 baseball next year at a prestigious university like USC. We were visiting the campus, meeting with various coaches, and discussing his future. Media sources have been able to confirm these facts and I can provide you with proof.

My wife and I have been married for 23 years, and are now entering into the season of our lives when we get to watch our children become adults themselves. My daughter, who is at an Ivy League school, and my wife, who is of Ukrainian descent, have especially been subjected to harassment, insults and threats … some so severe I cannot share them in mixed company.

You might say that the experiences I am living through are the cost of being in the public eye, but they shouldn’t be as I am not a government official. Many Trump supporting Americans are also paying this cost, like the twelve year old child in Missouri who was beaten up for wearing a Make America Great Again hat.

You can oppose the President’s points of view and his policies, but not raise false issues about the validity of his victory.

I assume we will discuss the rejected proposal to build a Trump property in Moscow that was terminated in January of 2016; which occurred before the Iowa caucus and months before the very first primary. This was solely a real estate deal and nothing more. I was doing my job. I would ask that the two-page statement about the Moscow proposal that I sent to the Committee in August be incorporated into and attached to this transcript.

I’m very proud to have served Donald J. Trump for all these years, and I’ll continue to support him.

If we really are concerned about a Russian attempt to divide our country and discredit our political system then the best thing we can do is put aside our infighting, stop presuming guilt rather than innocence of American citizens, and address this national security threat as a united people at its source.

Otherwise, the priorities of the American people will continue to be neglected, and the Russians will use our distraction to continue to harm us from the shadows while we harm each other in front of the camera lights.

I look forward to answering all of your questions today.

I have a feeling he knew exactly what he was doing.

 

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Promoting His New Show, Mike Huckabee Reveals the Big Con Pulled on Evangelicals

I let this one get by me this weekend, but I’m all over it, today.

Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister has a new show coming to the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) in October, and his first guest, of course, will be President Trump.

I’ve made my feelings known about the evangelical community pimping Donald Trump as the new hope of Christianity, before, and this is just another shot across the bow of faith, as those of flesh-inspired motives seek to blur the lines between true, Christ-honoring Christianity and man-pleasing rhetoric.

Newsflash: You’re not going to force God on the Trump train.

Huckabee’s new show will feature music, supposedly, some efforts to promote Christian faith, and politics.

Unless he’s promoting the idea that Christians should carry their values with them to the polls, anything else is propaganda.

We can just about guess which it will be.

During the run up to the 2016 election, Trump was promoted as the godly choice, with well-publicized photo-ops of evangelical leaders surrounding him, and questionably motivated TV pastors speaking on his behalf.

Why was an unrepentant, lecherous, abusive, cheating con artist pushed so vociferously as the champion of Christian voters?

Other than the fat contribution checks and a chance to rub elbows with power, I have no idea. The motive was not godly, however. I am as certain of that as I am that those who identify as “Christian” that endorsed the man’s sinful rejection of God with their vote did so for their own fleshly motives, and not because of their Christian values.

The other reason would be: Not Hillary.

And that’s fine. Hillary definitely was not the “godly choice,” lest anybody be confused.

The time for American Christians to rise up and stand on their values was during the primaries, when there were actual men of faith to stand by.

When Trump’s abusive nature and adulterous, conniving past was brought up during the run up to the election, we were told by Huckabee and others that, “We’re not electing a pastor,” and he’s a “baby Christian.”

Nobody was looking for a pastor, but we should have been following our own Christian values.

That being said, those voices that pushed Trump’s Christian credentials before the election are sounding quite different, now that the con has been completed.

Some of those faith leaders that backed him early are walking away.

Some that promoted him as a “baby Christian” are saying that either the seeds planted have not taken root in his heart, or that they were mistaken about his status as a Christian.

We do know that Bible study meetings are going on at the White House, now, but he never attends them.

What is Huckabee saying, now?

“Nobody pretends that he would be an ideal Sunday-school teacher, to be fair. I don’t think he is a person who is deeply acquainted with the Bible and he’s not known to set attendance records at church. But he’s very respectful of people of faith. And that’s really all people in the Christian community want. They don’t care whether or not the guy believes as they do,” Huckabee said.

Back up.

Huckabee and others stretched every measure of reality to promote Trump as a Christian, who, by definition, believes as they do.

Huckabee and his faithless ilk are not coming right out and telling evangelicals that they were lied to. The language they’re using is much more nuanced. The meaning, however, is the same.

I’d like to say that I’m shocked that a Christian network, TBN, is allowing what will absolutely be used as a tool to keep American Christians on a political hook to air.

I’d like to say that, but I can’t. We’ve gone so far away from our faith as core to our existence, rather than just another social construct, that this is par for the course.

 

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WATCH: Puffed up Trump Suggests Parade to Show off Our Military Might

President Trump still can’t quite get it through his head that he’s the president of a Constitutional Republic, not a Stalinesque tin-pot dictatorship.

Just before his inauguration in January, he apparently hoped to kick off the celebration of his election with a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, complete with tanks, missile launchers, and military aircraft flying overhead.

Yeah. We don’t really do that here. Too many shades of Red Square.

That moment was quickly swallowed up by the rolling litany of Trump gaffes, and outrages, that have dogged him almost daily since he took office.

Today, however, it appears that eight months into office and everything he’s dealt with since inauguration has done little to quell the imperial desires of President Trump.

On Monday, Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly. Among other events, he met with world leaders and spoke with the press.

While sitting with France’s President Macron, Trump couldn’t contain himself from just being Trump.

While commending an event in France, Trump said, “We’re actually thinking about, fourth of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength.”

He went on to tout the $700 billion being spent on defense in the country, and that he’d be speaking with John Kelly about making those arrangements.

It’s just a bad idea, with bad optics, which makes it the Trumpiest thing in all of Trumpland.

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