Steve Bannon Meeting with House Intel Described as a “Total Free-for-All”

This could be good news for the Trump team.

It could be bad news.

Whatever the case, when former White House chief strategist walked into the secure space to answer questions for the House Intelligence Committee, he was as pugnacious and nasty as those who have worked with him described him to be.

From The Hill:

Multiple sources told The Hill that Bannon indicated to lawmakers that he would answer questions about the Trump campaign, but not about his work on the transition team or in the White House. Bannon, alongside his lawyer, said he would only answer those questions when he speaks to Mueller.

That stance infuriated lawmakers. Sources described the meeting as a “total free-for-all” and “brutal.”

“He doesn’t have any friends in that room,” one source said.

And now the exiled former Breitbart guru has several subpoenas to deal with.

Because he was being a butt about answering the questions of House Intel, they hit him with several subpoenas – for documents and testimony.

News also dropped earlier Tuesday that he’d been served with a grand jury subpoena to speak to Robert Mueller’s team.

The subpoenas come following a breakdown in the relationship between Bannon and President Trump, spurred by comments made to author Michael Wolff for a controversial new book about the White House. Trump tweeted that “Sloppy Steve” has “been dumped like a dog by almost everyone.”

The grand jury subpoena is one of the few known instances of Mueller using a subpoena to compel information from a member of Trump’s inner circle.

One source who would not be identified told the Times that Mueller would likely allow Bannon to forgo the grand jury appearance and instead be interviewed by investigators in a less formal setting — suggesting that the subpoena could be a negotiating tactic.

He may not need that much coaxing. When Trump got news of the book, he and all his minions turned on Bannon and treated him worse than garbage. He’s lost everything he struggled so hard for, all the leverage and all the authority. How mad is he?

There were some reports that the White House had contacted Bannon and told him not to testify. If that’s true, then maybe they do still hold influence over his actions.

Florida Rep. Tom Rooney suggested Bannon’s attempts to use “executive privilege” may have complicated the proceedings.

“I certainly think that when the committee expects an executive privilege, when does that attach is the question that is sort of dominating the day. You know, at what time does it attach? During the transition or during the actual swearing in?” Rooney said.

“If you are part of the White House in any way and you’re talking about things that were during the campaign, but it happens to be in the White House, then what? What’s the answer? So that’s the quandary.”

But isn’t he a private citizen now?

Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) confirmed to reporters that he authorized the congressional subpoenas, saying, “That’s how the rules work.”

According to multiple sources, Bannon did not immediately comply with the subpoenas, which were for both testimony and documents. The interview was still ongoing as of early Tuesday evening.

The White House in a statement said it is “fully cooperative” with the ongoing investigation without addressing directly whether it had instructed Bannon not to answer certain questions.

When Mueller gets ahold of him, the belief is that he’ll focus more on those things Bannon was allegedly involved in, such as the firings of Mike Flynn and FBI Director James Comey.

It should make for some excellent news fodder.


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The White House Sits on $65 Million in Aid to Palestinians

Well, it’s a start.

The U.S. is freezing $65 million in aid that was designated to go to the United Nations agency that handles aid for Palestinian refugees.

The U.S. will still transfer $60 million to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), but will withhold $65 million of what was originally a $125 million tranche of funding.

“It’s money that’s being frozen at this time,” Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said at a press briefing. “It’s not being canceled. It’s just being held for future considerations.”

Future considerations.

Like, maybe they can stop propping up and rewarding terrorists with U.S. aid money?

Nauert said that additional U.S. funding will be dependent on changes being made at the agency, which provides health care and social services to Palestinians in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and neighboring countries.

Nauert further explained that this wasn’t a political decision, but rather, an indication that other nations need to step up and shoulder some of the load.

This is acting on a warning made by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, who suggested funds to that agency would be withheld, if the Palestinians refused to return to peace talks with Israel.

After Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinians threw their hands up and refused to further talks.

Haley then told U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres that the $125 million in funding to UNRWA had been put on hold, according to a U.N. official.

The AP reported on Sunday that the plan to withhold only $65 million, instead of the entire installment, was proposed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis as a compromise.

The U.S. is UNRWA’s largest single donor, and the agency relies heavily on that funding to carry out its work. In 2016, the U.S. donated $355 million to the agency.

UNRWA was first established in 1948 as an aid to Palestinians who found themselves uprooted, due to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Israel has complained that the agency holds an anti-Israel bias, while also supporting Palestinian militants.

The Palestinians have rejected the freeze as blackmail, and have insisted that they will not accept U.S. efforts to broker a peace deal in the region, arguing that the Jerusalem decision essentially disqualified Washington from doing so.

Maybe some of those nations like Jordan and Lebanon can put some pressure on the Palestinians to get back to the table, but I doubt it.

In the meantime, control the purse strings.


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Exiled and Disgraced: Steve Bannon Sits Before the House Intelligence Committee Today

So did he go in there mad, or does he still have love for the cause of Trumpism?

Former White House chief strategist and exiled Breitbart chief, Steve Bannon, checked in for his closed doors meeting with the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

It’s expected that he’ll be asked about some of the quotes attributed to him in Michael Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”


The former official told Wolff that a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between campaign officials and a Russian lawyer believed to have political dirt on Hillary Clinton was “treasonous.”

“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor—with no lawyers,” Bannon said, according to Wolff’s account. “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic… you should have called the FBI immediately.”

Further, Bannon added, “the chance that [Donald Trump Jr.] did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero.”

To be clear, Bannon didn’t join Trump’s campaign team until August 2016, so he wasn’t involved in any way with the Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and several Russians.

Lawmakers want to know how much Trump knew about that meeting, at the time, however.

“Specifically what’s the basis for his assertion that the president met with the participants in the Trump Tower meeting,” the committee’s top Democrat, Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), told ABC News’ Pierre Thomas. “What [Bannon] knows about the president’s knowledge of that meeting, as well as his concerns over money laundering which has been a persistent concern of ours as well.”

Financial issues do seem to be more of a concern with investigators. That’s what got former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort nipped, along with his partner, Robert Gates.

And it’s not just the book that has Bannon in the crosshairs, today.

Blackwater founder Erik Prince in December detailed to investigators a January meeting he held with a Russian banker in the Seychelles, brokered by the UAE.

Prince, who described his relationship to the Trump campaign as minimal and unofficial, acknowledged that Bannon had told him about a separate December 2016 meeting between the Trump transition team and UAE officials.

But Prince said he could not remember whether the conversation with Bannon took place before or after his trip to the Seychelles—an answer that left committee Democrats dissatisfied.

Yeah. That sounds like it might be important.

Prince has written off his meeting with Kirill Dmitriev (Russian investment banking guru) as informal, no big deal. He said his more pressing concerns for being there dealt with Emirati officials, discussions on terrorism, and some conceptual discussion on mineral-related business.

“It was a matter of, ‘Hey, while you’re here, there’s a Russian guy that we’ve done some business with in the past, and it’d be interesting for you to meet him,’” Prince told investigators.


“We know from the Erik Prince testimony…that [Prince] had a meeting with Steve Bannon before he made that trip to the Seychelles traveling halfway around the world to have what he described essentially as a coincidental meeting with a Russian in a bar,” Schiff told ABC News.

“Which just happened to be a head of one of the Russian Investment Banks, so we’d like to know whether Steve Bannon was involved in establishing any kind of a back channel of with the Russians.”

To kick off Bannon’s testimony, President Trump lashed out with a crazed tweet about the investigation.

It reminds me of a line from a disturbing Kate Winslet movie called, “Little Children.”

The always excellent Jackie Earle Haley’s tortured sex offender character, “Ronnie,” tells his date, during a particularly uncomfortable scene in the movie, “You’d better not tell on me. I’ll get you. You’d better not tell on me!”

Yeah. It was kind of like that.

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is also due to appear this week.




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Is the Church of Scientology Co-Opting the #MeToo Movement to Punish Defectors?

You’ve seen us approach the subject of the Church of Scientology here at RedState quite a bit.

Let’s be clear, so that there’s absolutely no grey area, as to what Scientology is: It is a scam. It is a false philosophy, created by a science fiction writer named L. Ron Hubbard. The goal is not enlightenment, or to save the world, as they seem to push on their adherents. It’s a con of global proportions, aimed at siphoning money from the pockets of those they rope in, and enriching the hierarchy of the cult.

Along the way, they abuse, mistreat, mislead, and destroy lives. Because that’s what cults do. They are hungry to hang on to the power – and most importantly, the money – that this elaborate lie provides them.

I’m sure most of you guys are aware, so no further invectives are necessary.

Now, what does the Church of Scientology have to do with the #MeToo movement?

What we’re seeing is that the #MeToo movement has become something virulent and distorted. Some of the stories that are piggybacking the wave of accusations just seem – off.

An example would be the recently dropped tale of comedian Aziz Ansari.

As has been covered here, a young woman made a drunken play for Ansari at a party (while she was there with another date). They exchanged numbers, stayed in contact, and then went out on a date.

Things got steamy, she consented to certain activities, but later decided that it was what amounted to a bad date, so she contacted him to let him know she wasn’t “comfortable” with how things happened.

He apologized.

She went to the press with her #MeToo tale.

The way the #MeToo movement has evolved makes it easily weaponized, and the Church of Scientology, alleged to use any dirty tactic to destroy the lives of those who cross them (or who flee their ranks, taking their money with them), may be using it to destroy one of their former dupes.

Paul Haggis, an award winning film maker (He won Academy Awards for the film, “Crash”), is one of those refugees from Scientology. He’s been featured on the Leah Remini A&E series, “Scientology and the Aftermath.”

Haggis has been accused of raping a publicist and is part of a civil lawsuit. Several other women have also come forward to report sexual misconduct by Haggis.

Remini and her co-host on the series, Mike Rinder (both former Scientologists) aren’t convinced. They’ve written an open letter in support of Haggis and suggest that this smacks of the work of the Church of Scientology.

From Page Six:

In the letter, Rinder and Remini refer to the allegations as “suspect” due to their anonymous nature and the fact that the church of Scientology is known for targeting members who have left its congregation.

“Those who accuse without going to law enforcement, those who seek hush money to keep their stories secret, those who make accusations to the media anonymously — they are suspect,” the letter, posted to Rinder’s personal blog, reads. “And when the target of these tactics is someone who is a prominent critic of Scientology, it is very suspect.”

“Only a Scientologist can understand the pressure one feels to offer up even the slightest thing that the Scientology organization might consider a transgression of THEIR mores,” the pair wrote. “This information is used against anyone who departs Scientology and dares speak their mind. This is not imaginary. There is a documented history of such things. When someone is a declared an ‘enemy’ by Scientology, they are fair game.”

On the series, Remini and Rinder have spoken about files of information the church [cult] keeps on each member, and how often, should a member get out of line or question the authority of the church [cult] hierarchy, that information is used to either attempt to keep them in line, or to destroy them.

“We expect the next ‘revelations’ about Paul Haggis in this campaign to destroy him to be based on information culled from his Scientology files in the form of more ‘anonymous’ accusers,” the letter continues, “hiding behind a lawyer who will never have to disclose who is paying their bill.”

“In this time of heightened awareness of sexual predators, it is easy to remain quiet when an injustice is being perpetrated for fear of being tarred as politically incorrect. But more important to us than being politically correct is standing up for what we believe is right.”

Indeed. Another potential drawback to the #MeToo movement is that fear of being attacked for being “politically incorrect,” or an enabler of sexual abusers. Many might draw back from attempting to defend those falsely accused.

That’s not to say Haggis is innocent. He might be guilty in every way. Remini and Rinder might be defending him reflexively, given their experiences with Scientology and the corrupt operations of the leadership.

Haggis has denied all of the allegations through his lawyer, characterizing the three anonymous women, who came forward after an initial accusation from publicist Haleigh Breest, as part of a campaign “from the law-firm representing Ms. Breest … to try to harm him and continue their effort to obtain money.” He has also referred to his history as a former Scientologist in relation to the accusations against him. In a court filing against Breest, he wrote that as a prominent critic of the church, he is used to defending himself from false accusations.

So find out who the women are and what their connections to the church [cult] are. You could be right.

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Jared Kushner’s Long Friendship With Chinese-American Businesswoman Raises Red Flags

Jared Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump may have to reconsider their group of friends.

A new report says last year, Kushner was warned about their relationship with Wendi Deng Murdoch – a Chinese-American businesswoman and former wife of Rupert Murdoch.

In the story from the Wall Street Journal, it appears Kushner was warned by counterintelligence officials that there was some concern, in regards to Murdoch and her role in pushing for a Chinese-government funded garden in Washington, D.C.

The Chinese garden, which would have cost $100 million and would be located in the National Arboretum, would have included a 70-foot-tall tower that U.S. officials deemed a national security risk.

Officials feared that the structure could be used for surveillance, as it would have been located on a high patch of land less than five miles from the White House and U.S. Capitol building, according to The Journal.

Kushner and his family business do seem unusually wrapped up in dealings with China, so I can see how intelligence officials might be a little jumpy.

Earlier in 2017, Kushner’s family business came under fire after a pitch in Shanghai to a group of Chinese businessmen and women, where they were allegedly told that for a $500,000 investment in a Kushner real estate project, they’d be guaranteed their EB-5 visas – visas that lead to citizenship – presumably because of Kushner’s connections to the president.

A spokesman for Wendi Deng Murdoch told The Journal she “has no knowledge of any FBI concerns or other intelligence agency concerns relating to her or her associations” and that she “has absolutely no knowledge of any garden projects funded by the Chinese government.”

Of course she doesn’t. Those concerns were raised for no discernible reasons. It happens, right?

Representatives for “Javanka” have said that the warning was just a routine security briefing.

The spokesman also told The Journal that Kushner “has complied with all ethics and disclosure recommendations and has played a helpful role in strengthening the U.S.-China relationship so as to help bring about a better resolution to the many issues the countries have.”

The Chinese Embassy in D.C. isn’t thrilled. They blew off the concerns as “groundless speculation.”

Ok. Maybe.


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This Story of Former UN Ambassador Samantha Power’s Election Night Party Will Make Your Day

This is so funny.

I mean, I’ve said since the election that the good news is, Hillary lost. The bad news is, Trump won. The character of neither was the kind that earned my trust or my vote.

The policies of Clinton, along with a host of scandals, from Benghazi to the email servers (and so many other that all seem to orbit around the Clinton name) made her the worst candidate in political history.

She was so bad that she lost to a ridiculous, reality TV clod, who could otherwise only garner about 30 to 35 percent of the vote of his chosen party during the primaries.

The miscalculation of the Democrat party was in placing identity politics over reasonable policy.

They got their “first African American president” with Obama, so it was time for the first female president. As those hacked DNC emails proved, they were even willing to knife one of their own in the back to make sure the heir apparent to carry on the social justice experimentation on American citizens could carry on.

I’m not completely sure, but I have the sneaking suspicion that after Queen Hillary, the target would be to run a transgender dwarf.

(Is “dwarf” the politically correct term? Don’t @ me.)

The point is, the Democrat party is out of ideas, and the ones they cling to are just really bad. None of that has convinced them identity politics will not save them. They are convinced of their own moral superiority (UGH).

So convinced was Obama’s Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power that today we’d all be talking about the latest scandal with “President Hillary” today, that she decided to throw a party on election night for all her fellow female ambassadors.

This was to be a monumental night for their lady parts.

“Well, I’ve had a lot of bad ideas in my life, but none as immortalized as this one,” Power, who served as the ambassador to the U.N. during the Obama administration, told Politico in an interview published Monday.

OH, it gets better.

She invited female ambassadors, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Gloria Steinem over, and had HBO film crews in as part of a documentary called “The Final Year.”

“I thought, what an amazing night for them,” Power told Politico of the 37 female ambassadors to the U.N. “I mean, that’s what America represents to the world, when a glass ceiling is shattered in our country, it creates a whole new sense of possibility for people everywhere.”

Power said she hoped the election wouldn’t be “quite the blowout that it was anticipated to be,” as she wanted her attendees to have more time to interact with Steinem.

Yes, of course. Just stretch things out, a bit. Give them more time to preen and talk about how empowered they felt.

This is probably the stupidest – and by “stupidest,” I mean funniest – things you’ll read about, all day.

They’re set to really celebrate this historic achievement for womankind, and it really didn’t go well.

At all.

“You really see what so many people went through, which was all of that sense of promise and excitement, and frankly, a dose of complacency,” she said. “And then, it slowly dawning on us that not only was this going to be much closer than anybody anticipated, but that it was not going to end well.”

Seriously, as disgusted as I am about a Trump presidency, I could hear stories like this all day and just crack up, every time!

Hillary was not owed the presidency! She had to earn it, and she fell short.

Still, Powers laments the future for her daughter (because liberal policies have somehow been such a prize for women – as evidenced by the fact that they’re still screaming about inequality).

While describing her 4 year old lying in her lap:

“And there’s something about the way she’s lying, I don’t know, that just makes her look like she’s the one who’s going to inherit … she’s going to inherit this—what he does is on her, right?” Power said.

Yes, the future rolls on and the youth will inherit what comes after all of this. Somehow, people make it, but it’s rarely through the identity politics she and her liberal cohorts promote.

I’m sure all that played well for the cameras, however.


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In the Case of Roe V. Wade, There’s One Detail That’s Been Overlooked

Over the years, we’ve all heard the back and forth between the pro-life and pro-abortion advocates, each totally convinced of the rightness of their platform.

It is one of the most hotly debated issues between the political right and left in the United States. Since the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision, around 60 million human lives have been snuffed out, as they grew in their mothers’ wombs.

The subject of the decision, Norma McCorvey, went on to become an outspoken pro-life advocate. While ashamed that her circumstance was used to spark a decision that would result in so many lost lives, she was a redeemed believer in Christ, and had hope that the landmark decision would be overturned, one day.

She was the seed of the abortion movement, but she never had an abortion.

And some of you may have already been aware. Others of you may be like me, realizing that while you know McCorvey’s back story, and how her situation was exploited for the cause of abortion advocates in 1970s Texas, and eventually, the entire nation, it hadn’t occurred to you to consider what happened to her pregnancy.

Court cases of this magnitude take time, and according to, a procedural issue slowed down the Roe v. Wade case.

Because of that delay, McCorvey had already had the child by the time the Supreme Court issued its decision in January 1973. She had been adopted into a Texas home, perhaps somewhere in the Dallas area where McCorvey lived. The court nevertheless said that McCorvey’s case was not moot since her circumstances were “capable of repetition” because courts would never be able to decide the question during the time of a woman’s pregnancy.

Procedural history is never the exciting part of a lawsuit. But for McCorvey’s unborn daughter, the dry complexity of legal procedure is the reason she exists today. Fortunately for a three-year old girl, “the wheels of justice grind slowly,” and by the time the court issued its decision, a Texas family had adopted her. If the courts could have moved more quickly, she (and her family) would have never had that chance.

That daughter would be 48 years old today, and it’s unknown if she or her family realize that it was her life hanging in the balance of that horrific decision.

It’s a footnote in history. In the absence of one, desperately foul court decision, adoption was the answer, and there’s a woman out there who was given a chance because her mother blessed someone else with a child.

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Ivana Trump Defends Her Ex: He’s NOT Racist

The REAL “First Lady,” otherwise known as the first in a series of Donald Trump’s wives, Ivana Trump, is still on the road, pimping her book and getting attention from her connection to the president.

Of course, somebody was going to ask her about the latest Trump firestorm. She wasn’t in the room when he [allegedly] called Haiti and other nations with people not up to his standard of quality “sh*thole countries,” but she’s the same woman who once said he kept a copy of Hitler’s speeches, as compiled in the book, “My New Order,” by his bedside.

And now she wants everyone to know, he’s totally not racist.

He’s just confused.

“I don’t think Donald is racist at all. Sometimes he says things, which are silly or he doesn’t really mean them, but he is definitely not racist. I’m sure of that,” Ivana Trump told “Good Morning Britain” on Monday.

I get where she’s coming from.

He’s the guy who says he doesn’t want blacks counting his money (he only wants little guys wearing yarmulkes counting his money) just doesn’t seem the type.

Wife number one went on to suggest it was the unsavory crowd (his advisers) he was hanging with that were leading him into such troubled waters.

“He has so many people telling him left and right what to say, what not to say, and maybe it gets confusing,” she said.

Of course. I can see how it would.

I’m not sure who his advisers were, other than his father, Fred Trump, back in the 70s, when Trump was part of a lawsuit brought by the Justice Department, alleging housing discrimination.

A sting operation by the DOJ showed that when white, black, and Hispanic undercover operatives were given identical credentials, then were sent to Trump management to inquire about apartment rentals, the white operatives were immediately offered apartments, but their black and Hispanic counterparts were either told there were no apartments available, or the quoted rent price was doubled to a number they couldn’t possibly afford.

It turned out to be one of the largest cases of housing discrimination in American history, and Trump Management ended up settling out of court, with an agreement to change their rental practices.

During a break in the proceedings for the case, the DOJ prosecutor in charge claims Donald Trump approached her and said, “C’mon, admit it. You don’t want to live with them, either.”


Anyway, a 71 year old man who has had a lifetime of saying and doing racist things probably isn’t a racist at all, so let’s just calm down.

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It’s Happening – Mitt Romney Edition

In the least surprising news of the day, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is absolutely running for Orrin Hatch’s soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat.

A Romney friend has confirmed it.

Romney friend and business leader Ken Gardner told Utah Gov. Gary Herbert he had received a text message from Romney saying, “I’m running,” per a New York Times article published Sunday.

Romney has not publicly stated whether he will pursue the Senate seat held by Hatch for more than 40 years, but he did change his Twitter account earlier in 2018 to say he lives in Utah, not Massachusetts.

Because he’s running.

And chances are, he’ll win.

Romney is quite popular in Utah. He’s actually more popular than Trump, who has such a problem with Romney that he pressed RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel to drop her family name (and she did).

Trump was also said to have pressed Hatch not to retire, but Hatch, who will be 84 in March, announced his retirement plans on January 2.

On January 3, he voiced his support of Mitt Romney, should Romney decide to run.

Despite Romney being an outspoken critic of President Trump, Trump reportedly phoned the 2012 Republican presidential nominee on Jan. 4 to encourage him to contest Hatch’s seat.

Yeah. You’d better start mending those fences now, Mr. President. You may have to deal with Senator Romney soon, and you haven’t always been a decent person to him.

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Senator Jeff Flake Plans to Drop Nuclear Truth on President Trump in an Upcoming Senate Speech

Senator Jeff Flake is out the door in a short while, so he’s a man that’s free to say just about whatever he feels like, and can say it from the Senate floor.

Like the others who have planned to bail, you may as well call Flake the most honest man in the room, because he knows he has nothing to lose.

The Arizona senator plans to drop some truth bombs on the Senate floor this week, as he condemns President Trump’s attacks on the media, and from the excerpts provided to NBC News, it will be a glorious burn!

“When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn’t suit him ‘fake news,’ it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press,” Flake, R-Ariz., will say, according to excerpts of the speech provided to NBC News.

“Mr. President, it is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies,” Flake plans to say in the Senate remarks.

Yes. That’s a U.S. senator speaking directly to the president and comparing him to a communist dictator.

Of course, Flake is hitting on a peeve of mine, that I’ve spoken about more than once, here.

Donald Trump has made the media a target, beginning during his campaign, and only ramping up since he became president.

And yes, before anyone starts belly-aching, I know the media tends to swerve left and the reporting reflects that.

Places like MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN all seem to be a bit more generous in their reporting, when talking about a Democrat or a liberal pet cause. With Republicans or conservative causes, not so much.

I get that, but still recognize that attacks on our media from a person in a high seat of authority – in this case, the highest – are dangerous.

Flake’s speech goes on:

“It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase ‘enemy of the people,’ that even (later Soviet leader) Nikita Khrushchev forbad its use, telling the Soviet Communist Party that the phrase had been introduced by Stalin to for the purpose of ‘annihilating such individuals’ who disagreed with the supreme leader,” Flake will say.

Indeed, Stalin exercised control over the media, using journalists to push pro-Stalin propaganda and suppress truth, as he built his cult of personality.

“This alone should be a source of great shame for us in this body, especially those of us in the president’s party. For they are shameful and repulsive statements.”

They are. Everything Trump is pimping to the red capped masses from “Fake News!” to the frivolous idiocy of his Fake News Awards, which he plans to unveil on Wednesday is designed to appeal to the Pavlovian instincts of his breathless sycophants.

If he says it, they believe it, and that’s his goal: Total domination over a weaker class.

Speaking with NBC’s Kasie Hunt, explaining the purpose of his speech, Flake said he hoped to encourage lawmakers to not “retreat into camps” when it came to dealing with Trump’s latest eruptions and ghastly instincts.

“What I’m trying to do with this speech is basically trying to nudge the president back where I think that we, as elected officials, ought to be. And I think that that’s a role that I should have as a member of the Senate,” Flake told Hunt in the interview.

“We have a balance of power, separated powers here. We shouldn’t all be afraid to criticize the president when we think he’s wrong,” he added.

“I don’t think that we should be using the phrase that’s been rejected as too loaded by a Soviet dictator,” Flake said.

You would be correct, but we’re seeing too many lawmakers put party before country.

“2017 was a year which saw the truth — objective, empirical, evidence-based truth — more battered and abused than any other time in the history of our country, at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government,” Flake will say, according to the excerpts.

Again, he’s right.

We’re being governed by a reality TV host with the temperament of a spoiled child and a questionable intellect.

His behavior is being defended by men and women who should know better, which means they are derelict in their duties as lawmakers.

Senator Flake is right.


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