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Trump’s Cancellation of Pelosi’s Trip Was Not Uniquely “Petty”

A friend of mine made this point, so I can’t claim it for my own. But it’s a great one.

Sure, Trump canceled Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Europe and the Middle East in retaliation for her suggestion he not give the State of the Union address. The press, of course, is characterizing all this as petty and childish. They didn’t so much when Pelosi made her move, but now that Trump has responded, that’s the theme.

But actually, this is why Trump was elected. Washington politicians are petty and demeaning to each other all the time. It’s just, they couch it in nice words and try to pretend they are helping the country instead of themselves.

Trump, despite all the lies he tells, is in a sense much more honest. He doesn’t try to hide what he thinks or what he is doing. He was elected to plow through all the Washington BS and represent regular guys and gals because he is, despite his wealth and other attributes, a regular guy.

Politicians stab each other in the back. Trump stabs you in the front and talks to you about it while your bleeding. Which brings me to another point.

Trump’s rule of thumb is that if someone hits you, you hit them back three times as hard. By publicly humilating Pelosi in this way, not to mention screwing up all her plans, he lets her and others know taht he is not to be messed with.

Are the Bushes and McCain’s Allies Plotting to Oust Trump?

Despite their reputations as people of impeccable character who think only of the country, the Bushes and Sen. John McCain are — and of course in McCain’s case were — a prickly lot happy to hold a grudge.

The Bushes are like a mob clan — minus the corruption — that won’t tolerate anyone messing with any member of “the family.”

Well, it turns out Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, a moderate who is popular in the liberal state, is thinking about running against President Trump in the GOP primaries. He will soon be headed to Iowa.

During his inaugural address Wednesday, he was talking about impeachment. And guess what? Both Jeb Bush and longtime John McCain aide Mark Salter had a hand in the proceedings.

I would not be surprised — although I have no evidence for it — if the Bushes and McCain’s allies were doing something systematic to try to ensure that Trump is not reelected.

According to Politico:

Hogan used his inaugural address on Wednesday to repudiate the “debilitating politics” of Washington — and to raise the specter of impeachment. He recalled how his father, former Rep. Lawrence Hogan, was the first Republican congressman to support the removal of Richard Nixon. 
The governor didn’t utter Trump’s name, but the implication was clear.
“Despite tremendous political pressure, he put aside partisanship and answered the demands of his conscience to do what he thought was the right thing for the nation that he loved,” Hogan said of his late father.

The White House is paying close attention. The president’s political aides have been monitoring the Maryland governor for months, and several said they regarded the inauguration speech as an unmistakable act of aggression. They noted that Trump 2016 primary rival Jeb Bush was a featured speaker at the ceremony, and that Mark Salter, a longtime Republican speechwriter and a fierce Trump critic, helped craft Hogan’s address.

Trump Cancels Pelosi’s Junket To Europe and the Middle East

President Trump Thursday abruptly canceled a trip by Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan.

According to reports, the delegation was to leave at 3:00 pm Thursday. The cancellation letter was released by the White House just after 2:00 pm. The White House says Pelosi & Co. are free to travel commercial, but will not have access to military jets the would take on the trip.

Pelosi Suggests Trump Scrap His State of the Union Address

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday said President Trump should consider scheduling the State of the Union address after the shutdown is over or send it in writing, citing security concerns.

I’d say the main thing going on here, beside a gratuitous insult, is that Pelosi wants to deny Trump the biggest soapbox of the year to make his case on the shutdown and the border wall.

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress,” she wrote Trump.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary KirstJen Nielsen said security was no problem.

“The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union. We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland,” Nielsen tweeted. 

Jonathan Karl: We Have Seen No Evidence of Collusion

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, one of the fairest reporters in the mainstream media – recall how aggressively he went after Barack Obama spokesman Jay Carney – told the ladies of The View what they certainly didn’t want to hear: Robert Mueller may have come up empty on the allegation he was tasked to investigate.

“On the central question of did Donald Trump or anyone on his campaign coordinate or collude with the Russian in their effort to meddle in the 2016 campaign, we have seen zero evidence of that,” Karl said.

Karl said his sources are suggesting Mueller’s report will be “anticlimactic.”

Nice to have a prominent reporter who wants to give it straight and not please his TV hosts. Hopefully he doesn’t get too much shit for it from his bosses.

The Mysterious Case of President Trump’s Bloody Hand

President Trump cut his hand. Politico used this as an excuse to review his general health. He’s borderline obese, the oldest president ever sworn in, etc., etc. Other media outlets are probably saying the same sorts of things, but I’m not going to bother to check. The White House response: President Trump cut his hand.… Continue Reading

Trump Schedule || Wednesday, January 16, 2019

11:30 am || Meets with the congressional Problem Solvers Caucus; White House Situation Room 1:00 pm || Lunch with Secretary of State Pompeo2:15 pm || Participates in a signing ceremony for S. 24, the “Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019” All times Eastern Facebook Twitter Reddit Linkedin email Continue Reading

William Barr Teaches Kamala Harris About the Justice Department

Okay. Sen. Kamala Harris, R-Calif., doesn’t seem to understand that the attorney general runs the Justice Department. Watch his simple answer to her final question after she tries several ways to ask the same thing — why he would overrule “career officials” at DOJ. She seems to thing bureaucrats should be in charge of the… Continue Reading