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Kellyanne Conway: “The Squad” has “Done Squat in Congress”

Well, that’s true. They’re mostly a protest and outrage movement. But they are steering he conversation, much to the chagrin of Nancy Pelosi.

Kellyanne Conway came out swinging this morning against the group of four Democratic women whom President Trump has attacked in a series of tweets — Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley.

Meantime, her husband George wrote a column for the Washington Post titled, “Trump is a Racist President.” He wrote:

No, I thought, President Trump was boorish, dim-witted, inarticulate, incoherent, narcissistic and insensitive. He’s a pathetic bully but an equal-opportunity bully — in his uniquely crass and crude manner, he’ll attack anyone he thinks is critical of him. No matter how much I found him ultimately unfit, I still gave him the benefit of the doubt about being a racist. No matter how much I came to dislike him, I didn’t want to think that the president of the United States is a racial bigot.

But Sunday left no doubt. Naivete, resentment and outright racism, roiled in a toxic mix, have given us a racist president. 

Trump: “I Don’t Have a Racist Bone in My Body”

The House will vote tonight on whether to condemns President Trump’s tweets that targeted the four leftist congresswoman known as the “Squad.” Trump told Republicans not to show “weakness.”

Trump’s Repugnant, Racist Tweets

I generally have not agreed that President Trump’s various utterances and actions have been racist, or at least not thought them provably so. His comments about the conflict in Charlottesville in 2017, for example, are usually taken out of context — it is clear by “very fine people on both sides” he meant Southerners who felt they were supporting their heritage, not white supremacists. He specifically condemned the white supremacists.

But this time is different. In a heinous series of grunts emitted via twitter, Trump suggested legal immigrant citizens are not actual Americans and lumped together a group of nonwhite American women with names that lack white European provenance and suggested they should go back to their “countries.”

Here is what he said:

So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!

Now, I don’t like the views of any of these women — Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. They are all progressives, and at least three them, Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, and Tlaib, have said some contemptible things of their own. Omar is almost certainly anti-Semitic.

It’s hard to work up much sympathy for them. But they are all Americans, and they have as much right as anyone to say “how our government is to be run.”

Trump’s branding them all in as foreigners is not just racist — would he have told a white American-born woman to go back to her country? — it’s race-baiting, an obvious attempt to appeal to racist voters.

The president’s comments were crude, nasty, and just kind of dumb. I don’t believe there was much of a strategy other than to excite the worst elements of his base and to vent against his opponents.

What particularly chills here is a president casting his opponents not just as un-American, which is bad enough, but as NOT American.

These women have at least two things in common: They are all red-blooded Americans — even if I suspect they don’t like this country very much. And they all have never had bone spurs.

It’s too bad. Trump has been a pretty good president. But there is no amount of success that justifies this kind of racism and intolerance.

We are in a war with the left for the soul of this country. Globalism, unlimited immigration that cannot be absorbed into the culture, political correctness, the deep state, and a rejection of our history threaten the foundations of our society.

But Trump cannot lead the struggle if he allows rottenness to fester in his own soul.

Video || Trump Effusively Praises Labor Secretary Acosta, But It’s Bye Bye Anyway

No sure what the point of this was. President Trump could have asked Labor Secretary Alex Acosta not to resign, but it looks like he didn’t.

From Trump’s remarks:

I think he was a great Labor Secretary, not a good Labor Secretary.  He’s done a fantastic job.  He’s a friend of everybody in the administration.  And I got a call this morning, early, from Alex.  And I think he did a very good job yesterday.  Under a lot of pressure, he did a fantastic job and he explained it.  He made a deal that people were happy with, and then, 12 years later, they’re not happy with it.  You’ll have to figure all of that out.
 
But the fact is, he has been a fantastic Secretary of Labor.  And Alex called me this morning and he wanted to see me.  And I actually said, “Well, we have the press right out here, so perhaps you just want to say it to the press.”
 
     But I just want to let you know, this was him, not me, because I’m with him.  He was a — he’s a tremendous talent.  He’s a Hispanic man.  He went to Harvard.  A great student.  And, in so many ways, I just hate what he’s saying now because we’re going to miss him.

Kamala Harris Serves up Double-talk on Immigration

Told on the view that she favors decriminalization, here’s what Kamala Harris said:

“That is not correct. I am not in favor decriminalizing . . uh, um, uh . . . We have to have a secure border, but I am in favor of saying that we’re not going to treat people who are undocumented and cross the border as criminals.”

So now you understand?

Also, she was helped by busing, but maybe she doesn’t favor it now. You know. It’s always best to be on both sides of an issue so then everyone will like you.

Trump Schedule || Friday, July 12, 2019

9:15 am || Departs White House10:25 am CT || Arrives Milwaukee, Wisconsin11:45 am CT || Participates in a fundraiser with a small group of people; Fox Point, Wisconsin12:15 pm CT || Delivers remarks at a fundraising luncheon; Fox Point, Wisconsin1:25 pm CT || Delivers remarks on supporting passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement; Milwaukee 2:55 pm CT || Departs Milwaukee, Wisconsin5:00… Continue Reading

Video || Sebastian Gorka Tells Liberal Journalist He’s a “Punk”

Conservative commentator and former White House advisor to President Trump Sebastian Gorka confronted liberal White House Playboy reporter and CNN analyst Brian Karem, calling him a punk. The confrontation occurred following Trump’s appearance Thursday in the Rose Garden. I know you want another angle on that. Gorka also informed Steve Herman of the Voice of… Continue Reading

The Trump Doctrine: Pick up the Cans Clinton, Bush, and Obama Kicked Down the Road

I have an op-ed about President Trump’s foreign policy running on the NBC News website today. Here’s a taste of the piece: That clattering noise you’ve been hearing for years is the sound of previous U.S. presidents, from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush to Barack Obama, kicking cans down the road for someone else… Continue Reading