Some Trump-Loyal Outlets Aren’t As Important To The Cause As They Once Were

During the primaries and the run up to the election, Steve Bannon’s version of Breitbart “News” was Trump central, doling out all the propaganda that was unfit to print.

The site was full of unhinged, kamikaze raids on conservatives in the race, but gave breathless, worshipful deference to Trump.

Comments section?

Yeah, you waded into that alt-right, Nationalist cesspool at your peril.

When Bannon was pulled to be Trump’s strategist through the last stages of his campaign, and then later was given a cabinet position, nobody was overly shocked.

Disgusted, but not shocked.

When Breitbart was given access to the White House press pool, while Trump slammed legitimate media, it was other-worldly, but again, expected. He was paying back his loyal campaign minions. They had acted as his little stormtroopers, helping amass the Trumpidian faithful in his march against conservatism, so this was their bone.

Apparently, amid suspicions that Bannon’s position in the administration may be giving them an unfair advantage, the Capitol Hill standing committee, who determine who gets permanent press credentials, have determined that Breitbart will not have permanent or official access to the White House press gallery.

They’ve been able to obtain daily, temporary access, but repeated attempts to be made a fixture in the gallery have been rebuffed.

According to the Washington Examiner:

The committee voted Tuesday morning in favor of “tabling the application and discontinuing temporary credentials without any extension,” according to the Daily Beast.

How frustrating!

Add to that another report of an invitation to some conservative reporters, which included Breitbart, to hob-knob with White House officials on Monday night, that turned into something less than they’d hoped for, and it’s almost like grinding salt into the wound:

Representatives from Newsmax, Breitbart, Townhall, The Daily Caller and radio voices like Larry O’Connor and John Fredericks mingled with White House press secretary Sean Spicer, chief strategist Stephen Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus and the White House communications team.

Reporters were asked to surrender their cellphones before entering the Roosevelt Room, a meeting room in the West Wing across from the Oval Office. Their phones were stored in lockers outside the room.

One source said White House director of media affairs Helen Aguirre Ferre explained that phones had to be kept out because the Roosevelt Room is a SCIF, or a sensitive compartmented information facility, where officials view classified information.

After the briefing with the president, reporters were told that the conversation had actually been on the record and that they were free to attribute quotes to Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who was also in attendance.

They didn’t have their phones or any way to record what was said, so of course, they fell all over themselves, in a scene that I’m sure resembled something from the Keystone Cops, trying to get to their phones and record from memory the comments heard in the briefing.

I’m sure it was quite entertaining for somebody.

How this slow backing away from the core that elevated Trump to the White House ultimately plays out remains to be seen.

I can’t imagine an automatic turning on Trump from his base, but somewhere, somehow, I can absolutely feel this grating, gnawing sense of betrayal, as they watch the fruit of their labors taken away and given to somebody else.

Schadenfreude, everybody.

 

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Mike Flynn Did Not Disclose All Foreign Payments

CNN is reporting that former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn did not disclose all foreign payments on his security clearance application.

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser did not properly disclose payments from Russia and does not appear to have complied with the law, House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings said Tuesday after reviewing Michael Flynn’s application for a security clearance.

Chaffetz and Cummings announced their findings to reporters on the Hill following a classified gathering of the committee in which they reviewed documents that Cummings described as “extremely troubling.”

“I see no data to support the notion that Gen. Flynn complied with the law,” Chaffetz said, referring to whether Flynn received permission from the Pentagon or the State Department or that he disclosed the more than $45,000 he was paid for a speech he gave to RT-TV in Russia

This kind of stuff is why a lot of people had concerns about Trump’s choice of Mike Flynn to begin with. You’d have to be a nitwit to think that Flynn was a Russian agent of influence but the fact is that the last several years of Flynn’s military career painted an unpleasant picture of a man impatient with process and who was mostly convinced the rules didn’t apply to him. While this stuff doesn’t put Flynn in any real legal jeopardy, it is going to end up being painful. If he is treated like anyone else, his clearance will be suspended and this puts his private business into jeopardy. If he did not receive permission to give the speech and was required to receive permission from Defense prior to doing so… and giving speeches via a speaker’s bureau contract is different from giving speeches on your own so this may not be as cut and dried as it looks… and he didn’t bother then he becomes liable for the pension payments received after the date of the speech.

Where I was underwhelmed by the kerfuffle over Jared Kushner’s omissions on his security clearance application (rich kid tells twenty-something personal assistant to fill out the form and don’t bother me) this action by Flynn has no innocent explanation. Flynn spent his entire adult life in the intelligence community and he knows the rules. The failure to disclose the RT payment reeks of both deception (the failure to file) and epic cluelessness (did he think giving a speech for RT would not be noticed because he was the national security adviser?).

On the whole, the nation dodged a bullet when Flynn was forced out of his position and a consummate professional was selected to replace him.

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Reasonable, Rational, Lawful AGs Stage an Intervention for NY’s Radical Schneiderman

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has led a years-long Don Quixote-esque political persecution of ExxonMobil.  An ongoing, rolling abuse of his power as the Empire State’s chief lawyer – and a gross dereliction of that office’s actual duties.

Schneiderman is engaged in all of this ideological obnoxiousness – because he believes in the myth that is global warming…oops, I mean climate change.  Or, more likely, he believes – and revels – in the very real massive increase in government that goes along with the implementation of the belief in the myth of climate change.

Schneiderman claims he is going after Exxon – for knowing climate change is real, and hiding that information from the public.  Which almost assuredly isn’t true – since, you know, climate change isn’t true.  And even if it is and they did – it isn’t actually, you know, a crime.

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Schneiderman may believe that Exxon possesses evidence that unicorns are real.  This we do not know.  What we do know is that Schneiderman is going after Exxon for giving money to climate change realist non-profit organizations (full disclosure: our Less Government has never been one of them).  Which not only isn’t a crime – it’s a First Amendment-protected freedom-of-speech activity.

And in the grander scheme of things, Schneiderman is going after Exxon – for having the audacity to engage in legal commerce.  Selling their legal product in legal ways on an open, legal market.  (An international market, by the way – so this has nothing to do with the office of one U.S. state’s Attorney General.)

Exxon’s product is oil.  And Schneiderman loathes oil.  So in the name of government-growing climate change, he is going after them.

No matter how one wishes to slice it – Schneiderman isn’t doing what he’s supposed to be doing.  It is…inordinately un-Attorney-General-like.  And it’s not just me saying it.  Eleven actual Attorneys General are too.  Call it a legal intervention.

Several AGs Call Out NY Dem’s ‘Unconstitutional’ Anti-Exxon Probes: “Republican AGs from 11 states, including Oklahoma, Utah and Texas, filed an amicus brief Wednesday castigating a Democrat-led probe against the oil company’s handling of decades worth of climate data.

“The authors of the amicus believe the pursuit of Exxon violates the First Amendment of the U.S Constitution and constitutes an ‘unconstitutional abuse of investigative power.’”

Just a little unconstitutional and abusive, yes.  Oh – and these eleven AGs are not the first people to sue out-of-control Schneiderman.

Anything else from the eleven AGs?: “Their brief also asserts that New York AG Eric Schneiderman and his Massachusetts’ colleague Maura Healey are seeking to “promote one side of [the] international public policy debate” on climate change issues, which should not be up to the courts to decide.”

Yes, this is a legislative issue.  To be decided by our elected representatives in America’s legislatures.

But the Left has been suffering increasing damage at the ballot box.  Dealt by We the People – who in increasing numbers don’t want the Left to represent us.

So the Left is increasingly looking to bypass We the People, the legislatures we elect and the legislative processes through which things like climate change are supposed to be addressed.  And is instead jamming through their worldview via Leftist activist judges in the courts.

Which is exactly what Schneiderman is trying to do here.  And here, unfortunately, he may be in luck: “The brief was filed on behalf of Exxon in a case that will be heard Friday by Judge Valerie Caproni, a (Barack) Obama-era appointee who put an end earlier this month to a lawsuit filed last year by Exxon attorneys in Texas.”

What we need Obama-appointee Caproni to do is…her job.  Be a judge – not an ideological activist pretending to be a one-woman legislature.

If she does her job, she will summarily dispatch Schneiderman and his years-long persecutorial ridiculousness.

Because Schneiderman is way, WAY wrong.

We all should be most appreciative of these eleven AGs for their intervention.  For trying to restore the boundaries of – and confidence in – the offices of attorney general.

Which Schneiderman has spent the last several years nigh-singlehandedly strip mining.

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BREAKING. The White House Declines a Flynn Document Request From House Oversight Committee

Back in March, Jason Chaffetz’s Oversight Committee sent a letter to the White House requesting it to produce documents concerning payments former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn might have received from foreign governments. (Letter.) The answer is in:

Via The Hill:

The Trump administration has denied a request from the House Oversight Committee for more information on payments that former national security adviser Michael Flynn received from foreign governments, including from the Kremlin-backed television station RT and other Russian firms.

Legislative affairs director Marc Short argued that the committee was requesting both documents that are not in possession of the White House because they involved Flynn’s activity prior to President Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration and others that involved sensitive information.

“It is unclear how such documents would be relevant to the stated purpose of the committee’s review, which according to your letter is to examine Lt. Gen. Flynn’s disclosure of payments related to activities that occurred in 2015 and 2016, prior to his service in the White House,” Short wrote in a letter dated April 19, sent to committee leaders.

The other agencies which received the Oversight request have produced documents.

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Hannity (Wrongly) Lumps His Accuser In With “Liberal Fascists” Attempting To Silence Conservative Voices

That was quick.

Seriously, I give Sean Hannity one day of grace, siding with him over the naked opportunism of Debbie Schlussel, who obviously felt she’d get in on the dogpile going on over at Fox News and casually tell a tale of being propositioned by Hannity years ago.

Schlussel claimed she was blackballed from appearing on Fox News after refusing to go back to Hannity’s hotel with him.

Hannity planted his feet and announced he’d be taking legal action, which brought a hasty “clarification,” in which she said she had never meant to suggest he sexually harassed her.

Hannity was right in all of this, and for all the issues I have with Hannity, what’s right is right, and in this instance, he was right.

Then he turns around and says something that, while basically right, adds that twist that just makes me shake my head and go right back to considering him a major tool.

On his Monday night show, Hannity gave an opening monologue about “liberal fascism” and the effort to silence conservative voices.

To an extent, he has a point.

Hannity said there have always been efforts during his time at Fox News to “smear and slander and besmirch” him. But those efforts have not been as “intense and completely insane” as they are now, he added.

“It has only gotten worse in the age of President Trump,” Hannity said.

“Now, it’s no secret I have been in supporter of the president and of course his policies. And quite simply, these liberal fascists — they can’t stand conservative voices.”

Let’s be fair. The “age of Trump” has caused Hannity to come completely unhinged. Anybody that has seen his hateful, abusive rants on social media in defense of Trump can back me up on that.

I actually watched in disbelief as he went on a rabid attack against Bill Kristol, after Kristol had complimented Trump!

Hannity took after him like a jealous lover, howling that because Kristol had been critical of Trump previously, he couldn’t compliment him now.

Had Trump taken notice of Kristol’s compliment and publicly thanked him, Hannity would have likely lapsed into a deep depression and disappeared into the hills, to live as a hermit, communicating only through occasional, rambling manifestos to local news outlets.

His Twitter commando attitude aside, Hannity is right to stand up for himself, where warranted, and Schlussel’s insinuation definitely warranted a firm response.

“Now, in this fiercely divided and vindictive climate, I will no longer allow slander to go unchallenged, as I see this to be a coordinated effort afoot to silence those with conservative views,” he said.

“I will fight every single lie about me about any and all legal means available to me as an American.”

Ok. Good. I’m still with you here, Sean.

He said there is coordinated attempt to “silence the voice of every outspoken conservative in this country.” Everyone who publicly supported President Trump is a target, he said, and called for people to stop silencing opposition voices.

 

“Now, I’m not the only one that these liberal fascist routinely targeted. Like me, conservatives are monitored on radio and TV, every word they say — in contrary to the alt radical left stated position — they’re so open-minded, liberals,” he said.

BOOM.

Lost me.

Do I believe liberals are targeting conservative voices?

They absolutely are. This is nothing new.

You cannot understate the subversive nature of liberals. They believe the ends justify the means. They are every bad guy in every action movie, with insidious motives and corrupt methods for getting what they want.

They think they are the good guys, however, which is what makes them so awful.

That being said, Hannity twisted his message by labeling Debbie Schlussel’s lie as an attack by a “liberal fascist.”

She’s not a liberal. Nothing in her history suggests it.

She’s a right-leaning whack-o. In fact, many of her past rants could be interchanged with Hannity’s and few would know the difference.

She has a problem with Hannity and Fox News, in general. It may very well be because of not being asked back as a guest on Hannity’s program, but she is definitely not a liberal.

Hannity had a point to make with his rant against “liberal fascism,” but to wrap up what is currently going on between he and Schlussel and that particular narrative is just false.

It’s as false as his attempt to build a wall between Trump’s supporters and those who bring up the “alt-right” by trying to coin the phrase, “alt-left.” There is no alt-left. The left are just the left and have always been the left.

If Hannity wants to make a statement and have it stick, he needs to make sure he’s not putting false labels on people, in order to push a narrative. This election season and the aftermath has apparently made labeling people falsely a thing.

Case in point: I’m probably one of the most conservative individuals you will ever encounter, having spent pretty much all of my adult life standing up for smaller government, gun rights, pro-life issues, states rights over federal intrusion, traditional marriage, and religious freedom. Because of my very vocal opposition to Donald Trump, however, I’ve been called a liberal, told George Soros pays me, I’m a Hillary Clinton supporter, and any number of absolutely laughable accusations, completely disconnected from reality.

Debbie Schlussel is a right wingnut who did a bad thing. Simple as that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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