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Video || Hillary Calls Pelosi Video Tweeted by Trump “Sexist Trash”

Okay, the video President Trump tweeted of Nancy Pelosi was heavily edited.

But it still presents things she said and did – you know, saying “three” and holding up two fingers.

And how on earth is it “sexist”? So if you mock a woman, it’s by definition sexist. I think that women can handle themselves and don’t need the protection of a false label.

Especially the woman who is second-in-line to the presidency. Is mocking her sexist? Should we just not bother her, even though she’s extraordinarily powerful?

Here’s Hillary, using fully loaded terms to try to get some attention. She’s so disingenuous and pathetic.

But don’t count her out. I had a dream the other night — yes, us pathetic political types dream about such things — that the 2020 Democratic convention was deadlocked and she suddenly swept in and got the nomination.

It could happen. I’m sure it’s what she’s angling for.

Here she is. Oh, that annoying voice. Sorry to do this to you.

Here’s the “sexist” video Trump tweeted.

If trump said “three” and held up two fingers, they’d be invoking the 25th Amendment.

Racism Has Declined Under Trump

That’s right. It’s according to a scientific study.

And the Washington Post for forced to report it:

Racial prejudice has not increased among white Americans since the explosive 2016 election, argues political scientist Daniel J. Hopkins. It has actually decreased by some measures, he found, possibly as a reaction to Trump’s unexpected ascension to the White House.

Hopkins told The Washington Post that the results initially surprised him. Upon reflection, however, “it’s quite conceivable that Trump has simultaneously galvanized a small number of highly prejudiced white Americans while also pushing millions more to affirm that they are not as prejudiced,” he argued.

In other words, Hopkins believes the study provides evidence that the racially incendiary rhetoric and policies issuing from Trump’s White House have pushed the majority of Americans in the opposite direction.

The specialist in race and political behavior acknowledged that his findings speak only to professed bias and not to concrete behavior, such as whether Americans are moving into heterogeneous neighborhoods.

Of course, the Post spins this many ways. But the statistics do not lie, even if some find the disappointing.

Kellyanne Conway says Pelosi Treats Her Like the Maid

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is one of the richest people in Congress. And that’s saying something.

Apparently, she’s treating Kellyanne like a peasant.

According to the Washington Examiner:

White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday morning, claiming Pelosi treats her like she might treat the help.

“I believe she’s the sixth, or so, richest member of Congress, and she behaves that way,” Conway told reporters gathered on the White House driveway. “She treats me as she might treat her maid or her pilots or her makeup artists or her wardrobe consultants.”

Conway’s comments came after Pelosi, during an ill-fated infrastructure meeting on Wednesday in which President Trump abruptly walked out, reportedly told Conway she spoke to the president and not his staff. “I told her, ‘Gee, that’s so pro-woman of you,'” Conway said.

Trump Starts to Create Balance on the Notorious Ninth Circuit Court

Maybe the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California will stop being the place where President Trump’s executive action go to die.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Young, conservative judges appointed by President Trump might tip the country’s most liberal federal appeals court to political balance.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is on track to have 13 Republican appointees among its 29 full-time judges once the Senate confirms Trump’s latest nominee to the San Francisco-based court and the president fills one remaining vacancy. With 16 judges tapped by Democratic presidents, the 9th Circuit is the closest it’s been in more than two decades to achieving an ideological balance.

When Trump took office in January 2017, 18 of the judges on the 9th Circuit were named by Democratic presidents, and seven were appointed by Republicans. Trump also inherited four open seats on the federal appeals court.

Now, more than two years into his first term, Trump has tapped six judges to the San Francisco-based court, which is the country’s largest federal appeals court and has been described as the most liberal. The Senate confirmed two of those nominees — Kenneth Lee and Daniel Collins — this month, and the Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing for another 9th Circuit pick, Daniel Bress, on Wednesday.

“That kind of fortifies it in a different direction,” said Adam Feldman, founder of Empirical SCOTUS, a blog focused on the high court. “That’s the intention for sure.”

Trump Blows Up Meeting with Schumer and Pelosi

This is pretty funny.

President Trump dragged Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi down Pennsylvania Avenue for what was supposed to be an infrastructure meeting. Then he threw them out and held a press conference in the Rose Garden about how they are unjustly investigating him, and he’s not doing any infrastructure until they cut it out.

A brilliant PR stunt by the master.

According to the Washington Examiner:

President Trump canceled a scheduled meeting on infrastructure with Democrats on Wednesday, saying he was upset about claims he engaged in a coverup and Democrats’ use of “the I word” — meaning impeachment.

“Instead of walking in happily into a meeting, I walk in to look at people that have just said that I was doing a cover-up. I don’t do cover-ups,” Trump said, speaking in the Rose Garden about 25 minutes after the scheduled start of the meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Trump said he was particularly upset about Pelosi suggesting he engaged in a coverup during special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“I walked into the room and I told Sen. Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, ‘I want to do infrastructure. I want to do it more than you want to do it. I would be really good at that. That’s what I do. But you know what? You can’t do it under these circumstances. So get these phony investigations over with,'” Trump said.

The Trump Iran Policy is Working

I’m a little concerned that National Security Advisor John Bolton is looking for a war. But as it stands now, the Iran policy he and President Trump are pursuing is working.

In short, the idea is to try to do something about problems every other administration has kicked down the road: Iran’s nuclear program cannot be permitted to resume and get to a point where they can build ICBMs, all of which they can do under the deal Barack Obama negotiated with them, as long as they wait a few years. Iran’s influence around the Middle East must be rolled back. And Iran must stop killing Americans, something they have been doing for years and that has simply been tolerated.

No more. As this great piece by Marc Thiessen makes clear, the increase in U.S. forces in the Gulf was ordered because while Trump tightens the screws with sanctions – hoping to force Iran back to the negotiating table – the country is about to start attacking Americans, maybe in a big way, as they have in the past.

The message is: We are the superior power, and we will not be threatened by you.

From the Thiessen piece:

When Trump came into office, Iran was on the march across the Middle East — in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen — thanks to the Obama administration’s failure to confront Iranian aggression and the massive infusions of cash it received from sanctions relief under President Barack Obama’s Iran deal. Trump withdrew from the deal, but he did not simply restore sanctions imposed before it; he ramped them up to unprecedented levels. The sanctions have already “wiped $10 billion from Iranian revenue since November,” The Post reported, citing administration officials.

This month, the administration tightened the screws even further, eliminating waivers for eight countries that had previously been allowed to continue importing Iranian oil. The goal, according to American officials, is to reduce Iranian oil exports to “zero.” It’s working. Bloomberg News reports that “Iran’s oil shipments tumbled this month after the U.S. ended sanctions waivers. . . . So far, not a single ship has been seen leaving Iran’s oil terminals for foreign ports.”

The new sanctions are forcing Tehran to cut funds to its terrorist proxies. According to The Post, “Iran’s ability to finance allies such as Hezbollah has been curtailed,” while in Lebanon, the New York Times reports, “Syrian militiamen paid by Iran have seen their salaries slashed” because, to quote one fighter, “Iran doesn’t have enough money to give us.” On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress that “Iran’s proposed defense budget has been reduced by 25 percent and the [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’] proposed budget by about 10 percent.”

Iran is obviously unhappy with this, and U.S. intelligence saw signs that Iran was preparing to respond with attacks on Americans using terrorist proxies — just as they did in the 1983 Beirut Marine barracks bombingand the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, and by supplying Shiite militias in Iraq with armor-penetrating roadside bombs that killed hundreds of American soldiers.

Trump Schedule || Wednesday, May 22, 2019

11:15 am || Meets with Congressional Democrats on infrastructure; Cabinet Room3:10 pm || Participates in the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor presentation ceremony; East Room7:00 pm || Holds a fundraising roundtable; Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C.7:30 pm || Delivers remarks at a fundraising committee reception; Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C.  All times Eastern Continue Reading

Forty-Three Percent of Americans Think Socialism is “a Good Thing”

Actually, they are mistaken. Socialism is a bad thing. How quickly people forget. Honestly, we’re less than two decades past the Cold War, and already Americans are forgetting just how bad socialism can get. Most Democrats support it, of course. According to Gallup: Americans today are more closely divided than they were earlier in the… Continue Reading

Trump to Name Ken Cuccinelli as Immigration Czar

This has Stephen Miller’s fingerprints all over it. Having failed to get his top choice to lead ICE, the White House immigration hawk now has an immigration “coordinator” whose title will belie his toughness and influence. I’ve watched Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general who has unsuccessfully run for governor, for years. He’s dynamic and… Continue Reading