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Trump’s Reprehensible Celebration of Assault

This was a bad idea on several fronts.

President Trump Thursday evening at a rally applauded Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., to the delight of his Montana audience, for attacking a reporter in 2017 when the reporter was trying to ask Gianforte some questions.

“Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of — he’s my guy,” Trump said. Trump said he was initially concerned the encounter would hurt Gianforte with voters. “Then I said, ‘Well wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well. I think it might help him,'” Trump said. “And it did.”

Gianforte pleaded guilty to assault after winning his election. During his victory speech, he apologized to the reporter.

The president of the United States should not be celebrating violence committed by citizens against each other. It’s dumb and it’s silly, fake-macho nonsense. And it encourages violence not just against reporters, but by citizens against each other.

I like a certain amount of Trump’s rudeness and outrageousness. It helps provide an antidote to political correctness, which is killing free speech.

But, especially at a time Republicans are legitimately outraged that leading Democrats are encouraging violence against Republicans, for Trump to promote assault is both politically and morally reprehensible.

We’re getting to a point in this country where serious political violence is a possibility. Trump should not be stoking the flames.

Bolton and Kelly Get in Profanity-Laced Shouting Match Over Immigration

Both CNN and Bloomberg are reporting that National Security Advisor John Bolton and White House Cheif of Staff John Kelly got into a verbal brawl over the continued influx of illegal immigrants into the country.

According to CNN:

A heated argument in the West Wing between chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton over a recent surge in border crossings turned into a shouting match Thursday, two sources familiar with the argument told CNN.

The exchange lay bare a bitter disagreement that has existed between two of President Donald Trump’s top aides for weeks now.

Trump, who was incensed about the rising levels of migrants and threatened to shut down the southern border on Twitter earlier that morning, took Bolton’s side during the argument. Bolton favors a harder line approach to the issue and criticized Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during the argument, a source said. Nielsen used to serve as Kelly’s deputy when he ran DHS. Bolton reportedly said Nielsen needed to start doing her job, which incensed Kelly.

The President, who sources say was present for the beginning of the shouting match, later denied knowledge of it.

“I’ve not heard about it. No,” Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One to fly to Montana on Thursday afternoon.

There was some concern within the White House, according to Bloomberg, that one of the two might resign.

That would more likely be Kelly, who has a long list of grievances. I would imagine Kelly will be gone by the end of the year in any case.

Is Romney Setting Himself Up to Challenge Trump in 2020?

One thing I’ve learned in years of watching and covering politics. Just about every governor or senator thinks they could, just maybe, become president. And once they start running for the office, they never give up until they incur a terminal illness.

Mitt Romney got so, so, so close. He thought he was going to win election night in 2012. But he lost, because he was a lousy candidate who didn’t particularly stand for anything.

Of course, he doesn’t know that. What he does know is that he is 71, and his last chance to be the big president dude will be in 2020. Someone is going to oppose Trump in the Republican primaries or run a serious independent candidacy in the general election. Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, for sure. But Kasich doesn’t solve the problem establishment-oriented Republicans think Trump has, which is that they think he’s crazy. Because Kasich is kind of kooky too.

But Romney probably figures that the one thing he’s got going for him is that he the most normal, least unconventional-seeming person on the planet. He’s a soothing glass of whole milk compared to Trump Monster Energy drink.

According to Politico, Romney, virtually assured to win his own Senate race in Utah, is suddenly campaigning for House Republicans. There is NO reason for a senator or future to do that unless he is trying to build up chits.

After spending most of the past year quietly tending to his own race, Romney is using his formidable national profile and expansive political network to elect embattled Republicans across the country. Weeks before his virtually assured election to the Senate, the 2012 Republican standard-bearer is issuing endorsements, appearing in TV ads and fundraising for hopefuls up and down the ballot.

The burst of campaign activity is a stark reminder that the 71-year-old Romney will arrive in D.C. as much more than a typical freshman senator — and shows how he plans to use his prominence to reward allies and forge relationships.

Romney is going to bat for candidates for offices ranging from the state legislature to the U.S. Senate. Among those getting help is Rep. Mia Love, a deeply vulnerable Republican from his own state of Utah. She recently released a TV commercial featuring Romney speaking directly to the camera and declaring: “I’ve known Mia Love for many years. I trust her.”

Romney’s push has extended from Mormon-heavy Arizona, where he traveled last week to headline a rally for Senate hopeful Martha McSally, to the Northern Virginia suburbs, where he’s donated to Rep. Barbara Comstock. He has weighed in for Utah’s entire U.S. House delegation: In addition to Love, he’s cut a TV ad for Rep. Rob Bishop, hosted a campaign event for Rep. Chris Stewart, and on Wednesday evening joined Rep. John Curtis for a phone-banking session aimed at helping the congressman turn out the vote.

And he could also solve the problem of women fleeing the Republican party. I mean, the guy’s got binders full of them!

Trump Stymied in Effort to Decrease Illegal Border Crossings

Illegal migration across the Mexican border this year is little different than it was under President Obama and, compared to some years, may even be higher, according to data released by the Department of Homeland Security’s United States Customs and Border Protection agency.

In August, the last month for which complete data are available, there were 46,560 total apprehensions of illegal crossers. That compares to just 30,567 last year year and 42,415 during August 2015. There were 51,893 in August 2016.

September looks to be even worse. According to the Washington Post, a record number of migrants with children entered the United States illegally in September. Border patrol agents arrested 16,658 family members in September, the highest one-month total on record and 80 percent higher than the number arrested in July.

What all of this means, according to the CBP, is that laws need to be changed in order to address the issue:

The August Southwest Border Apprehension/Inadmissible numbers are a clear indicator that the migration flows are responding to gaps in our nation’s legal framework. While the overall numbers are consistent with an expected seasonal increase, the number of family unit apprehensions increased 38%, approximately 3,500 more than July. In August, the number of family units apprehended represented 34% of all Southwest Border apprehensions, an increase from an average of 25% for the year.

A graph released by the CBP shows that, essentially, nothing’s changed.

When President Trump last spring sought to apply existing laws to the illegal immigration problem, he was accused of cruelly separating families. Democrats in Congress, instead of acting to change statutes so that families could be held together, insisted that Trump step back from the “new policy” of enforcing the law. Faced with a public relations nightmare, Trump complied.

The president, obviously frustrated by his inability to solve the problem, Thursday said he would send troops to the Mexican border if necessary to stop the incursion of illegal crossers and the flow of drugs into the country.

Trump to Ask Cabinet Members to Cut 5 Percent From Their Budget

President Trump at a Cabinet meeting this morning is asking each Cabinet member to delete 5 percent from their budget.

I’ll say two thing about this.

1. It better not include the Defense Department
2. It doesn’t mean much until Trump takes the leadership role on cutting entitlements. But I suppose, as it did with George W. Bush when he tried to cut Social Security, that will have to wait until he is reelected.

Trump: Warren DNA Test Reveals She is a Fraud

He’s absolutely right, and where is the outraged coverage in the media about what Warren did in releasing her DNA test?

Let’s imagine at one point that Trump claimed to be Native American, as Elizabeth Warren has. And then he decided to release a test showing that if he is, he’s probably around 1/256th Native American. Imagine the ridicule in the press, that he thinks that just because his toenail is Native American, then he is.

And imagine how he would be called an idiot for even release such a test, which, actually proves that you are NOT Native American.

It’s like calling a beef stew a carrot because that’s one of the ingredients.

No, Trump Does Not Need to Give $1 million to Elizabeth Warren’s Favorite Charity

Elizabeth Warren today is touting a DNA test that indicates she is at best, 1/64th Native American, and more likely about 1/256th Native American, to justify the misleading claims she made earlier in her career to list herself as a Native American in a directory of law professors.

The test indicates that she has a Native American ancestor going back six to ten generations. If that’s enough to claim you’re of Native American heritage and that it’s introduced high cheekbones into your family, then I’m a Martian.

I’m serious. There’s Martian blood in me from way back in the 1700s during the Martian landing it what is now Gdansk, Poland.

I guess that explains a lot about me.

Unfortunately, there is no minority set-aside for people whose ancestors emigrated from Mars, but I’m working on it.

Anyway, Warren now claims Trump owes a million dollars to her favorite charity. He did say something about this, during remarks in July, but he was very specific about the circumstances:

I shouldn’t tell you because I like to not give away secrets,” Trump said. “But let’s say I’m debating Pocahontas. I promise you I’ll do this: I will take, you know those little kits they sell on television . . .  learn your heritage . . .

And in the middle of the debate, when she proclaims that she is of Indian heritage because her mother said she has high cheekbones, that is her only evidence, her mother said we have high cheekbones.

We will take that little kit — but we have to do it gently. Because we’re in the #MeToo generation, we have to do it gently. And we will very gently take that kit, and slowly toss it, hoping it doesn’t injure her arm, and we will say: I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian.

So, she has to take the test during a debate. Trump is careful about the contracts he enters into . . . In the context in which he offered it, it’s clear Trump is being facetious.

UPDATE: Here’s a comment from Trump Monday afternoon:

Outtakes From Trump’s Lively 60 Minutes Interview with Lesley Stahl

I thought there were so many interesting moments in President Trump’s interview with Lesley Stahl that I’d just put a few down and let you draw your own conclusions. Stahl is a liberal reporter but not a typical modern liberal reporter, in that while her bias shows, she’s relatively fair and doesn’t approach her interaction… Continue Reading

Top Ten Things Nobody Knew Trump Was Responsible for

In recent days, I’ve read that President Trump is responsible for the disappearance of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi because of the president’s support for Saudi Arabia’s leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Today, Politico informs us that Trump is causing a spike in mental illness. But these are just the tip of the iceberg. White… Continue Reading