The Addition of Scaramucci Isn’t Going to Help Because Trump Needs to Change and He Won’t

Anthony Scaramucci impressed in his first appearance as the new communications director for the Trump administration. As far as appearances are concerned, Trump was likely thrilled. Scaramucci paints an entirely different picture than Sean Spicer. Scaramucci with his coiffed hair, perfectly tailored suit, gold ring and his Breitling Avenger watch (nearly $6,000 retail) exuded the image Trump wants. For President Trump, it is all about appearances more than substance.

Scaramucci has almost zero experience in communications, especially on the political stage. I saw people arguing his role as a businessman requires excellent communication skills and to the degree that is true. However, as we’ve seen with President Trump, the world of politics is a whole different animal than the business world. Trump’s scorched earth playbook worked well for him in the primaries and somewhat in the general election campaign. But it hasn’t served him well while president as is evidenced by his abysmal job-approval rating. So we have no idea how Scaramucci will fair once a crisis hits. It will be soon because if we’ve learned anything in the first six months of this administration, it’s that they’re almost always in crisis mode.

Unfortunately, as much as people want to believe shaking up the communications team will benefit the Trump administration, it won’t, and that’s because of one individual: Donald Trump. 

Trump will not change. Therefore, it doesn’t matter who he pushes out or who he brings in. Everything starts at the top and crap flows downhill. Even the best people will get caught in the crap avalanche and leave tainted by Trump. I see in the president, the inability to change because I worked for someone for over ten years that reminds me of President Trump. It’s almost spooky in how similar they both are and how I know Trump will never make the changes necessary for a successful administration.

Below are several ways in which my former boss and Trump are similar in how they approach their roles and the people around them.

The personality type: Donald Trump’s sycophants hail him as an “alpha male, ” and he’s not. But is he a beta male? No. Trump is just a jerk. He’s one that is confrontational and aggressive, and while at times he can be charming, he easily digresses into inappropriate behavior at the slightest provocation. Trump likes compliments but prefers to be feared rather than loved. He is self-centered and arrogant instead of confident.

An inability to focus on the big picture: It is a trait that used to drive me insane and one that eats away at Donald Trump to the core. At work, there might be a crisis going on with some our technology infrastructure or a customer might be freaking out over something and my boss would yell about a stain on the carpet or a scuff mark on the wall. Trump obsesses over Russia and only to his detriment. Instead of sitting back, letting the investigation play out and focusing on health care reform and tax reform, he tweets and blames others for his troubles. The big ticket items get ignored, and his behavior is partially responsible for why he has yet to sign a significant piece of legislation.

The victim mentality: Everybody is always out to get Trump. He is always treated “unfairly.” The media hates him. The establishment hates him. Everything is always somebody else’s fault. My former boss is like that. Confronted with a screw-up, he’d refuse just to acknowledge it and move on. He had to point the finger of blame somewhere else, and it didn’t matter what bridges he burned to do it.

The toxicity affects other people negatively: Some wonder why people such as James Mattis or HR McMaster would work for President Trump. As I said earlier, jerks do have the capability at times to be charming and persuasive, especially outside the workplace. My boss managed to convince a neighbor and a former business executive to come work with us to assist in expanding our operations into South America. The neighbor, who I will refer to as “David” was a terrific choice to bring in and I’d have given anything to work directly for him. But after only a year, he told my boss he’d had enough. The environment wasn’t worth and it he said privately that had he known what it would be like, he’d never have accepted the offer. I don’t expect some of the best people Trump brought aboard to stay very long. That’s the effect he has on people.

There are more examples, but these are the most striking similarities between President Trump and my former boss.

I wish Anthony Scaramucci the best of luck in his new role. I also hope he realizes that at some point, he will be the scapegoat for Donald Trump’s issues. I’ve seen it up close and personal.

 

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TAKING THE FIFTH. Head Of Oppo Research Firm Behind Trump Dossier Refuses To Testify

As had been reported earlier, Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, the Democrat leaning opposition research firm that was behind the discredited Trump dossier, was asked to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He declined to do so. Today, the committee issued a subpoena. And Simpson took the fifth.

Glenn Simpson, whose Fusion GPS firm has been tied to anti-Trump efforts and pro-Russian lobbying, will not talk to lawmakers in response to a subpoena, the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committe said Friday.

Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., confirmed in a statement that they subpoenaed Simpson to appear before the committee Wednesday as part of a hearing about the influence of foreign lobbying in last year’s presidential election.

“Simpson’s attorney has asserted that his client will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to the subpoena,” Grassley and Feinstein said.

 
Hardly a surprise because Fusion GPS is at ground zero of basically everything.

Fusion GPS, working under contract to Hillary Clinton supporters who have not been identified, produced the Trump dossier by using the services of a Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent who was stationed in Moscow and who relied upon a lot of Russian sources for his dossier. That notwithstanding, it appears that the FBI paid him as much as $50,000 to produce more dirt on Trump from, presumably, the same sources.

Curiously, Fusion GPS was also acting on behalf of the Russian government to have sanctions imposed via that Magnitsky Act removed. That act imposed sanctions on several of Putin’s inner circle and retaliation Putin forbade the adoption of Russian orphans by Americans as a pressure point.

Fast forward to Donald Trump’s meeting with a bevy of Russians. The American citizen of Russian origin referred to as a “former counterintelligence agent,” Rinat Akhmetshin, has been employed by Fusion GPS in the adoption/sanctions lobbying effort. The lawyer who was banned from entering the US but was given a non-immigrant work visa to come to the US to lobby against the Magnitsky Act and ended up in Trump Tower, Natalia Veselnitskaya, has been recently shown to count the Russian domestic intelligence and security service, the FSB, among her clients.

How does this tie together? Take this exchange between Lindsey Graham and James Comey during Comey’s public testimony:

Graham: Are you familiar with Fusion?
Comey: I know the name.
Graham: Are they part of the Russian intelligence apparatus?
Comey: I can’t say.
Graham: Do you agree with me that if Fusion was involved in preparing a dossier against Donald Trump, that would be interfering in our election by the Russians?
Comey: I don’t want to say.

Small wonder Simpson is going to plead the fifth.

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OOPS: Kushner Forced To Amend Financial Disclosures After Omitting Dozens Of Assets

Trump son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, apparently has a really faulty memory.

Already in trouble for excluding numerous meetings held with foreign officials from his security clearance paperwork (including meetings with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. and the head of a Russian state-owned bank), today, he had to make good on his financial disclosures.

Apparently, Kushner “forgot” about some of his real estate, bonds, and his personal art collection. He “forgot” to the tune of 77 additional assets that needed to be listed.

The refiled form also adds additional details about Kushner’s real estate assets that were included on his original disclosure form filed in March.

One of the disclosures Kushner omitted was a business relationship with Goldman Sachs and billionaires George Soros and Peter Thiel, also an informal Trump advisor. The three worked together on a real-estate tech startup that was revealed in May.

Kushner founded the startup with his brother, Joshua, and another friend in 2014, but only included the investment in the startup on the newest disclosure form.

Emphasis mine, there. I didn’t want anyone to miss that we still can’t get Soros out of the White House.

Kushner’s lawyers are writing off the omissions to an “administrative error.”

He may seriously want to shake up his administration, because they omitted 77 assets, and failed to list around 100 contacts on his security clearance paperwork. In fact, it took three tries to get the security clearance right.

While Kushner’s lawyers further try to pass this off as “normal,” I’m not buying it. I don’t think any of us should.

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On Wednesday, Trump Trashes Sessions; Two Days Later Story Drops That Could Cost Sessions His Job

Coincidences are sometimes an amazing spectacle to behold. President Trump, who’s been bitter ever Jeff Sessions acted ethically, stepping away from the Russia investigation, publicly slammed Sessions in an interview with the New York Times saying he’d never have offered him the role of Attorney General if he knew Sessions would recuse himself.

Coincidentally, just two days later, the Washington Post is reporting this potential bombshell:

Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s accounts of two conversations with Sessions — then a top foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump — were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, which monitor the communications of senior Russian officials both in the United States and in Russia. Sessions initially failed to disclose his contacts with Kislyak and then said that the meetings were not about the Trump campaign.

One U.S. official said that Sessions — who testified that he has no recollection of an April encounter — has provided “misleading” statements that are “contradicted by other evidence.” A former official said that the intelligence indicates that Sessions and Kislyak had “substantive” discussions on matters including Trump’s positions on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump administration.

Under normal circumstances, Trump supporters would be apoplectic over this story. They’d scream about illegal leaks, the supposed “deep state” and how saboteurs in the media are working to undermine the Trump administration.

But after Trump’s comments on Wednesday, look for criticism if any, to be muted. In fact, if I were thinking like a Trumper, I’d argue the information was leaked by Trump administration officials to get Jeff Sessions to a point where he’d have to resign.

People were wondering if Sessions might leave in the wake of Trump’s comments, but Sessions said he’d stay on as long as it was “appropriate.”

Trump wants him out and this story may be the push that does it.

 

 

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Bill Nye Patiently Waiting for Climate Change Deniers to Die

Let’s play a game.

First, take an overtly left-leaning “science guy,” one who spends his time hobnobbing with progressive politicians and wagging his finger over those who would show healthy (dare I say scientifically healthy) skepticism over anthropomorphic climate change.

Add a dash of hypocrisy (Nye spent Earth Day 2015 flying around in Air Force One with then-President Obama lecturing about climate change. Carbon footprint anyone?).

Stir with a performance that reduced the last shreds of his reputation into tatters.

And then top with word that he believes that climate change skepticism will become a thing of the past as soon as those olds who hang onto their skepticism just go ahead and die already.

The “Science Guy” said that generationally, the majority of climate change deniers are older.

“Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It’s generational,” Nye told the Los Angeles Times. Nye said that he is calling them out with “due respect,” acknowledging that he is “now one of them.”

“We’re just going to have to wait for those people to ‘age out,’ as they say,” Nye went on, adding that “age out” is a euphemism for “die.” “But it’ll happen, I guarantee you — that’ll happen.”

Would it be fair to write something about Nye’s most recent statements with a headline that reads: Bill Nye Wants Climate Change Deniers to Die!

Because I seem to remember images some time ago during one of the many incarnations of the healthcare debate that had then-congressman Paul Ryan pushing granny off a cliff.

Is all fair in love and policy marketing?

Asking for a friend.

(Anyway, I’m not sure Nye is correct that climate change skepticism dies with an older generation. Science, by its very nature, demands skepticism. Not everyone, including younger generations steeped in technology and, therefore, the basics of logic, will be so willing to deny their skepticism, Mr. Science Guy.)

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Obama’s Homeland Security Director Complains Trump Is Scaring Off Illegals (VIDEO)

Jeh Johnson was the most relentless of the oxygen thieves that Barack Obama hired in his effort to turn the United States into a Third-World, Balkanized (no offense to the Balkans) sh**hole. Johnson always gave the impression of being something out of an H. P. Lovecraft story. Whatever his failures in keeping the US safe from known wolf terrorists, his biggest failure was presiding over the illegal immigration crisis that set Donald Trump on a glide path to the White House.

On Thursday, Johnson was on CNN’s “New Day” program and he gave us a refreshing dose of honesty (via Daily Caller)

“Through his rhetoric, he scared off a lot of women and children in Central America who’d rather stay in their desperate circumstances or just migrate to Mexico and stop there,” Johnson said. “But these are really desperate women and children, women with babies in their arms, who are trying to flee the poverty and violence in the countries they left.”

Got to be honest with you, I don’t see that as a bad thing. When you consider the human cost of encouraging illegal immigration and then catching a lot of them and sending them home, how is anyone a winner? The illegal who is perpetually at risk of deportation? The legal immigrant that finds employment difficult because employers assume he’s illegal? The American taxpayer? The immigrants who spent their life savings to come here? The women and children diverted into the sexual commodities? Or a bag of pus like Johnson who can feel good about himself.

“When you enforce immigration laws, you have to be able to look yourself in the mirror, look your own family in the eye, recall the women and children who are desperate to say, ‘I did my best to enforce the law consistent with our priorities and consistent with our values,’” Johnson said, adding that he hopes the Trump administration “does not lose sight of that.”

The primary value that sets the United States apart from the rest of the world is that we are allegedly, as John Adams wrote, “a government of laws and not of men.” What Johnson did was stand that on its head and substituted his own judgement for the black-letter law of the nation. And immigration was not the only place he did this. There is no doubt that our domestic counterterrorism efforts were also governed by Johnson’s personal feelings.

Heaven knows how many Americans died so this cretin could get invited to the right parties.

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Scaramucci Takes To TV To Give Public Apology For Calling Trump A Hack

Anthony Scaramucci, the Wall Street financier that was just named White House communications director, has a lot of making up to do.

During the election season, he wasn’t a big fan of Donald Trump.

He wasn’t a fan, and he was vocal about it, once calling the reality TV host a “political hack.”

And now, Scaramucci is working directly for the hack and kissing a lot of gold-plated butt, very publicly.

Appearing on TV today, to subject of his earlier opinions of the man he’s now working for came up, and Scaramucci has no pride.

Noting that Trump brings up the comments often – which can be directly translated to mean, “Trump is making me say this” – Scaramucci remarked:

He called the comments the “biggest mistake I made,” attributing it to his inexperience in politics.

Turning to the cameras and addressing the president, he said, “I personally apologize for the 50th time.”

This guy has no spine.

But if you want to see what he’s groveling for, check out his comments from just 2 months after Trump announced his candidacy:

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BREAKING. Sarah Huckabee Sanders Named White House Press Secretary

Earlier today a long-time Trump ally, Anthony Scaramucci, was named communications director. This precipitated the resignation of Scott Spicer as piñata press secretary. Allegedly, Spicer was miffed:

When Spicer found out about Trump’s interest in bringing Scaramucci on board on Thursday night, he vented to confidants that he did not think Scaramucci could handle a major media campaign and didn’t deserve the job, one of the confidants said. He also expressed concern about whether Scaramucci would technically be in a senior position to him, since in the Obama administration the communications director was senior to the press secretary, according to two people familiar with the conversations.

“He’s never done communications in his life,” said another person who spoke to Spicer about his thoughts on Scaramucci.

And allegedly Bannon and Priebus were both rolled in the Scaramucci appointment.

Now Scaramucci has made his selection for press secretary:

Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday was named the new White House press secretary, replacing Sean Spicer.

Incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci made the announcement to reporters in the James S. Brady Briefing Room, hours after he was picked for the job.

My thoughts on this.

I’ve been in the communications business basically since I got out of the Army. Everyone thinks it is easy until they do it. The very worst people are those who think it isn’t that hard. Scaramucci is going from Little League to the majors without a transition. Some very ugly things will happen.

If he survives, Scaramucci will be a big help. He has Trump’s confidence, something Spicer never had. If a comms director isn’t at the table when key decisions are made you are perpetually playing catch-up and looking really stupid as the reporters know more than you do (does that sound familiar?).

I’m agnostic on Huckabee Sanders. I’m not impressed but her real value is going to be keeping a lot of Spicer loyalist from walking out in the next week or so. She’s done a previous stint as deputy press secretary so she knows what is supposed to happen.

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Is the New White House Communications Director A Gun Grabber?

Today the White House announced the appointment of Trump ally, Anthony Scaramucci, as communications director. This is not a good thing.

If people are policy, then we have a lot of reasons to be very concerned that the appointment of Scaramucci marks the beginning of a leftist tilt in the Trump administration. Things like this, are disturbing:

“We don’t want to be on the wrong side of history,” said Anthony Scaramucci, the founder of Skybridge Capital and SALT, the hedge fund conference in Las Vegas. The Republican political donor and his company are supporters of LGBT rights. Caitlin Jenner will be a speaker at this year’s conference.

Ummm…the wrong side of history was throwing out 5+ millenia of human experience. Unfortunately for all of us, the bullet train to Pervertville has left the station. All is left to oppose today is John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy making homosexuality mandatory. But Scaramucci has other questionable views:

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This looks like Scaramucci’s Twitter account was hacked by Michael Bloomberg. And, of course, Bloomberg’s anti-gun group is making the most of it

The gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety, led by Trump foe Michael Bloomberg, seized on Mr. Scaramucci’s past comments.

“Scaramucci’s comments underscore recent national polling data: Gun violence prevention is not a partisan issue,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “A vast majority of Americans — including gun owners, NRA members and Republicans — overwhelmingly support common-sense gun laws.”

She added, “While NRA leaders may have a seat at the table in Trump’s White House, there are millions of Americans standing on the side of gun safety, possibly including the new White House Communications Director. It’s time for the entire White House and current administration to join us in speaking out against gun violence and eradicate the gun lobby’s ‘guns everywhere, for anyone’ agenda.”

Time will tell, but from what we know about Scaramucci, it looks like the Jared/Ivanka faction has won the war for the White House.

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RedState’s WaterCooler! Friday, 21 July 2017 – Open Thread – Chapter 3 “Cooking up Conservatism”

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Beverage

Switchel Modern – attribution: joliphant

These were the days [c. early 1800s] of John Randolph, Henry Clay, William H. Crawford, John C. Calhoun, Daniel Webster, Silas Wright, and their predecessors, with old Davy Crockett lurking around in the background. Everyone drank strong drink.

On hot days—all summer and spring and often in winter (although perhaps they drank apple cider tonic in the winter)—a great bowl of switchel stood in the center of the Senate or the House. This was liberally ‘flavored’ with Jamaica Rum. Members paused in their great speeches—those that yet ring through the ages perhaps—and going up to the great bowl, dipped deep. Sometimes they paused glass in hand, to emphasize a telling sentence; sometimes they orated glass in hand and then drank deep and again stalked back majestically to their place with switchel under their belts. –  Old Farmers Almanac, 1964.

Ingredients

(5) ounces Ground Ginger
1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
(2) ounces Maple syrup/Agave/Honey/Sugar
(1) ounce lime or lemon juice
(1) quart water

Instructions

  1. Combine ginger and water bring to boil allow to cool.
  2. Combine other ingredients bottle and allow to cool.
  3. Served chilled with a mint or cinnamon garnish.

 


Dessert

Scripture Cake – attribution: me

Ingredients

1/2 cup Judges 5:25 (last phrase)
1 1/2 cups Jeremiah 6:20
(3) Isaiah 10:14
(2) cups 1 Kings 4:22
(2) teaspoons Galatians 5:9 (NASV) (if unsure, refer to its definition)
(1) teaspoon ground Proverbs 7:17
(1) teaspoon ground 1 Kings 10:10 (hint: mace or nutmeg)
(1) teaspoon ground Leviticus 11:7 (tricky)
1/2 teaspoon Leviticus 2:13
1/2 cup Isaiah 12:3
(1) tablespoon Proverbs 24:13
(1) cup Song of Solomon 2:13
(1) cup Song of Solomon 2:5 (ESV)
1/2 cup Numbers 17:8

Instructions

  1. Blend butter, sugar, spices, and salt into a bowl.
  2. Beat egg yolks (set egg whites aside) and add to mixture.
  3. Add baking powder and flour.
  4. Add water and honey.
  5. Put fruit and nuts through a food processor, add to bowl.
  6. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
  7. Pour mixture into a bundt pan.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for one hour.

Makes 18 servings. 252 calories.

Serving Suggestion

“This was a fun recipe for our Bible study group. I sent a verse or two to each member, and they brought the item. We prepared the cake together re-reading the verses. Everyone enjoyed it.”


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