Senator Snowflake and GOP Toast: The Fourth 100 Days (Trump Briefs:  Nov. 18-Nov. 24/Day 310-315) Week 44

By Michael Hernandez

 

Saturday, November 18 (Day 310):

Arizona Senator Flake:  GOP is ‘toast” if it become party of Trump

“If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast,” said Arizona Senator Jeff Flake talking to Mesa Mayor John Giles following a town hall event at which Giles had asked Flake about the possibility of running for president in 2020.  “Can we start the presidential campaign today?” Giles asked Flake during the event, to scattered laughter from the audience.

Flake, who announced last month he would not run for re-election to the Senate in 2018, made the “toast” comment to Giles after the event had ended. It was picked up by his lapel microphone and recorded by Phoenix TV station ABC15. In response, Giles told Flake, “I am not throwing smoke at you but … think how much fun it would be just to be the foil, you know, and to point out what an idiot this guy is,” apparently referring to Trump.

In a Senate floor speech announcing that he would not seek a second term, Flake criticized Trump for engaging in “reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior.” He also accused the Republican Party of having “”given in or given up on the core principles in favor of a more viscerally satisfying anger and resentment … but anger and resentment are not a governing philosophy.”

Flake has also been unsparing in his criticism of Roy Moore, the Republican candidate in next month’s Alabama Senate special election. Flake said he would “run to the polling place” to support Democrat Doug Jones if he was an Alabama voter. Flake also said that he would vote to expel Moore from the Senate should the Republican candidate win the Dec. 12 election.

In response, Moore campaign adviser Brett Doster described Flake and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as “agents of destruction within the Republican Party. “They assassinate conservatives like Roy Moore so they can work with the liberal elite to protect their big government trough.  The people are tired of being told they are ignorant for demanding reform.”

Senator Jeff Falke

 

Attorney General defends ending Obama illegal aliens amnesty program

Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended his ending of a President Obama-created temporary amnesty program for illegal aliens, saying it “cannot be defended” under the Rule of Law.

In a speech to the Federalist Society, Sessions — a pioneer of the immigration in the national interest movement — blasted the Obama administration’s creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has given temporary amnesty to nearly 800,000 illegal aliens.

“Similarly, no Cabinet Secretary has the power, through guidance, letters or otherwise, to wipe entire sections of immigration law,” Sessions said. “But that’s what the previous administration did with its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, policy.”

“Under DACA—without the consent of Congress—individuals here illegally who met certain criteria were granted not only lawful presence but work authorization, and the right to participate in Social Security, which unlawful immigrants are not entitled to have,” Sessions continued. “So no matter what one thinks about the immigration issues and policy, it cannot be defended in my opinion lawfully.”

“Once again, the Department advised and the administration put an end to it—and it is being ended now.”

In September, Sessions announced on behalf of President Trump’s administration that the DACA program would officially end in March 2018 and applications for illegal aliens to sign up for the program would end in October 2017.

Most recently, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Elaine Duke directed that the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) agency reopen the DACA program to allow more than 100 illegal aliens to gain temporary amnesty status before the program is ended. Applicants who can show “individualized proof” of mail delivery problems can reapply for extensions.

Meanwhile, Trump’s nominee to lead DHS, Kirstjen Nielsen, has confirmed that she will proactively work with members of Congress to help push an amnesty for DACA illegal aliens, despite the potential 9.9 million to 19 million chain migration that could follow such a decision and the negative impact it would have on America’s working and middle classes.

 

Sunday, November 19 (Day 311):

Judge Roy Moore

Alabama newspaper editorial board urges voters to “reject” Roy Moore

Several Alabama newspapers are endorsing Democrat Doug Jones in the state’s Senate race amid sexual misconduct allegations against Republican Judge Roy Moore, saying Jones is the only candidate left in the race who is worthy of representing Alabama. 

“A vote for Roy Moore sends the worst kind of message to Alabamians struggling with abuse: ‘if you ever do tell your story, Alabama won’t believe you.’ Or, worse, we’ll believe you but we just won’t care,” the Editorial Board of AL.com wrote Sunday.

The board, which made its case in a lengthy piece, urged voters to “reject” Moore and called the accusations against the candidate “horrifying, but not shocking.”

Members of AL.com’s Editorial Board include Tom Bates, who leads Alabama Media Group, which runs AL.com, produces video programming, and publishes The Birmingham News, Birmingham Magazine, Huntsville Times and Mobile’s Press-Register; Michelle Holmes, who is vice president of content at Alabama Media Group; and K.A. Turner, who is senior editor of the newspapers published by Alabama Media Group.

On Sunday, the AL.com Editorial Board wrote, “In the American system, proof beyond a reasonable doubt is a consideration for the courtroom, not the ballot box. It is our job as voters to look closely at the candidates and make up our own minds.” 

The AL.com Editorial Board wrote that voters have three choices: stay home from the vote, write in a candidate they see fit, or go with Jones, a former U.S. attorney running in one of the most Republican state’s in the country. 

 

Monday, November 20 (Day 312):

Dr. Alveda King:  Do not be distracted by ‘unsubstantiated accusations”

As a longtime prayerful supporter of Judge Roy Moore, Dr. Alveda King says she is “concerned that voters will be distracted by the media fury involving unsubstantiated accusations. While we must be ever mindful of the need to protect our women and children, we must also remain focused on the issues at hand because every vote counts in the race for life.

“In Alabama, Judge Moore stands for the sanctity of human life from the womb to the tomb. His opposing candidate Doug Jones who is an abortion advocate does not. Remember, Life is a Civil Right. In every election, as the One Blood Human Race of Acts 17:26, we must always vote our values, with life from the womb to the tomb as a priority,” said King, founder of Alveda King Ministries and Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life.

“Jesus said: ‘Ye who are without sin, cast the first stone.’ It’s important to remember, especially during the coming Thanksgiving and Christmas season that Christ’s lasting mission is to heal rather than condemn humanity. A divine insight: ‘Mercy overcomes judgment.’

“We are currently in a climate of playing the ‘blame game’ while accusations are running rampant. As a woman, I appreciate the opportunities now available to women and indeed all victims of abuse to come forward to receive healing. However, in the process we must leave the doors open for repentance rather than fostering destruction across the board.”

Evangelist King, a niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., King is a former representative of the 28th District in the Georgia House, and a best-selling author, a minister, and frequent Fox News Channel and Newsmax contributor. In addition to these roles, she has served as an educator, entertainer, and legislator, and in her own words, she serves as a devoted “Guardian of The King Family Legacy.”

(Editor’s Note:  Alveda King is also author of the book, “America, Return to God”, Click here for more information.)

 

Tuesday, Nov. 21 (Day 313):

Non-partisan studies show House and Senate tax bills will cut taxes

Non-partisan studies show that both the House and the Senate bills would cut taxes for every income bracket subject to federal taxes. See effects below:

Single Person: A single person with $25,000 in income would owe around $1,725 under current tax law. Under the House bill his income tax would fall to $1,560. Under the Senate bill, it falls to $1,370

Married Taxpayer: A married taxpayer earning $50,000 with no kids would have a tax bill of around $3,470 under current law. The House bill drops that down to $3,120. The Senate bill to $2,830

Married With Two Kids: A married couple with $50,000 of income and two children would see their tax bill fall from $219 under current law to nothing under both the House and Senate bills. At $75,000 of income, this couple would see their tax bill fall from $3,980 to around $2,920 under the House bill and just $1,739 under the Senate bill. At $100,000, this works out to $7,730 under current law falling to $5,920 under the House bill and $4,739 under the Senate bill.

High Earning Married Couple:  The married couple with two kids that earns $200,000 per year will see their tax bill fall from $34,800 to $29,1000 under the House bill and $27,320 under the Senate bill.

Older Married Couples:  The average income for older, married Americans is around $60,000. If this is wage income, their taxes would fall from $4,537 to $4,320 under the House bill and $3,940 under the Senate bill. Results could vary, however, depending on how much of their income is from retirement accounts and Social Security.

Where do these numbers come from: These tax amounts assume that family members takes the standard deduction and do not itemize, which describes most taxpayers. To calculate tax bills under the House and Senate bills, use this calculator built by Marketwatch.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 22 (Day 314):

President Trump supporting Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore

President Donald Trump signaled support for embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, slamming his Democratic opponent as a “liberal democrat.”

“We don’t need a liberal democrat in that seat,” Trump said, pointing out that Democrat candidate Doug Jones had a terrible record on issues he cared about. “I’ve looked at his record. It’s terrible on crime. It’s terrible on the border.  It’s terrible on the military,” Trump said.  “I can tell you for a fact, we do not need somebody that’s going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad with the military, bad for the Second Amendment.”

The president made his remarks as he departed the White House to spend Thanksgiving with his family at his Mar-a-lago club in Florida. When asked about the allegations of Moore’s sexual misconduct with high school aged girls, Trump pointed to Moore’s denials. “He totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen,” Trump said, noting that the alleged incidents took place over 40 years ago.  Forty years is a long time. He’s run eight races, and this has never comes up,” he said, referring to Moore’s record.

When the press asked Trump if he would campaign with Moore, he said that he would let reporters know sometime next week. When asked about women, Trump replied, “Women are very special. I think it’s a very special time, a lot of things are coming out and I think that’s good for our society and I think it’s very very good for women and I’m very happy these things are coming out.”

 

Thursday, Nov. 23 (Day 315):

John Bolton:  ‘Constitution keeps us from sliding into international swamp’

“The international left cannot stand the American Constitution and, even worse, cannot stand American’s devotion to it because that is what keeps us from sliding into the international swamp the way many in Europe are doing,” said former Ambassador John Bolton “to have international standards that cut across all national lines and erase democratic choice.”

Bolton’s comments  were spoke  with Breitbart’s  host Alex Marlow regarding  his

Wall Street Journal op-ed on the Hague’s launching a war crimes inquiry of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and the Trump administration’s naming North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism.

“The Hague’s war crimes inquiry is a real challenge to American sovereignty, it is not the government that is sovereign; the people are,” said Bolton.  The International Criminal Court is “the most direct, the most dangerous, challenge to the fundamental ‘we the people’ sovereignty represented in the Constitution.”

U.S. military flew 100,000 pounds of turkey to U.S. troops

The U.S. military flew nearly 100,000 pounds of turkey to U.S. troops stationed all over the world for Thanksgiving, reported the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support.

During the 2003 Iraq war , U.S. troops sustained 4,496 fatalities and 32,252 injuries and spent about $819 billion, according to Pentagon data. In the ongoing war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, which began in 2014, U.S. forces have suffered 104 casualties (46 dead, 58 wounded) and devoted about $28 billion in American taxpayer funds to the conflict.  The war – mainly against the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) – continued to rage in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day after more than 16 years, at least 22,730 U.S. military casualties (2,396 dead, 20,334 wounded), and about $877 billion spent since the conflict began in October 2001.

 

Friday, Nov. 24 (Day 316):

President Trump, LaVar Ball feud continues, Rapper Master P joins feud

LaVar Ball, father of LiAngelo Ball, a UCLA basketball player recently released by the Chinese after being detained on shoplifting charges, has taken issue with President Trump’s role in his son’s release.

On Saturday, LaVar Ball scoffed at the notion that President Trump’s meeting with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping had played any role in his son’s release. Ball went on to say that shoplifting is no big deal, and that his son would have been released anyway.  On Sunday, President Trump took to Twitter to criticize the elder Ball who spoke with ESPN about Trump’s involvement in his son’s release, and was critical of the notion that the Chinese released his son due to Trump’s intervention:

“Who?” Ball said when Markazi raised the topic. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out,” he added.

Ball also insisted that the crime his son was accused of was no big deal. “As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine,” Ball said, continuing: I’m happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, “They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.” I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t define him. Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that’s a different thing.  Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things, and they get stuck on them too long,” he concluded. “That’s not me. I handle what’s going on, and then we go from there.”

Rapper Master P scolded basketball father LaVar Ball for acting ungrateful for President Donald Trump’s help in getting theft charges dropped against his son LiAngelo Ball, with the younger Ball returning home from China earlier this month without having to serve a 10-year prison sentence for the crime. The rap artist told TMZ Sports that the elder Ball should  just thank Trump for his efforts to get Chinese President Xi Jinping to intercede on the three players’ behalf.  “I just think it’s a blessing to have your kids back at home, man,” the rapper told TMZ. “You gotta just be humble.”

But, LaVar Ball has appeared on TV numerous times to exclaim that he has nothing to thank the president for in getting his son returned home from the Chinese legal system after LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA players were arrested and accused of shoplifting in several high-end stores in a shopping mall in Shanghai, China. UCLA was in Shanghai to face Georgia Tech in their season opener on November 10 where they beat the Georgians 63-60.

“Just be thankful that your kids are safe, they are not in prison, and do the right thing,” Master P said. “He had something to do with your kid getting home, so right is right and wrong is wrong.”  Ball should specifically thank Trump for his effort. “That’s what it should be,” he said. “Give respect where it’s at.”

Washington Post reporter offers ‘strategic advice” to Progressives

Washington Post reporter Janelle Ross sat on a panel at a secret gathering of Democrats where she offered strategic advice, according to a report by the Washington Free Beacon. Left-wing billionaire George Soros was also in attendance.

Ross presents herself and is presented by the Post as an objective journalist. She primarily covers politics and race, and much of her focus is on the Trump administration. Nevertheless, Ross’s Twitter feed is that of a left-wing activist, and back in 2015, with no evidence, Ross smeared then-presidential candidate Jeb Bush in such a sleazy way, even MSNBC felt the need to push back.

According to the Beacon, the Washington Post journalist “gave a presentation at a secretive California gathering where Democratic politicians, liberal activists, and their biggest donors plotted the future of the progressive movement.” The Post claims to have known nothing about their reporter’s attendance, and told the Beacon that Ross has been “reminded” about the Post’s policy when it comes to attending events that “could be perceived as partisan.”

The secret gathering was organized by the Democracy Alliance, and Ross’s panel reportedly dealt directly with Democrats responding to their 2016 loss.  According to documents obtained by the Beacon, the panel discussion addressed “What do progressives stand for? How do we grapple with the tough issues? What story are we trying to tell and how does it play out in communities across the country? How do we translate what the polls and research tell us into the compelling narratives that will build the public will to reorient our economy and combat inequality?”

The Beacon discovered that Ross’s panel “was sandwiched by a talk with liberal billionaire George Soros and a message by Democratic senator Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) on Russian interference in the 2016 election.”

President Trump:  Egyptian terrorist attack ‘horrible and cowardly’

“Horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers in Egypt,” tweeted President Trump in response to a bombing and shooting attack that claimed the lives of at least 235 people and wounded 109 others in Egyptian’s Sinai Peninsula.  “The world cannot tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!

“We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will.  Need the WALL, need the BAN!  God bless the people of Egypt,” Trump tweeted.

The White House also released a statement condemning the attack and offered their condolences to the families affected.  

Islamist extremists were suspected of launching the attack on the al-Rawdah mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, some 25 miles from the North Sinai provincial capital of el-Arish, Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported. Officials suspected a local affiliate of ISIS of carrying out the attack. Islamic militants consider Sufis heretics because of their less literal interpretations of the faith.

Security officers said the men opened fire on worshipers during prayers while driving in off-road vehicles. A Ministry of Health spokesman said the terrorists set off a bomb during the attack.  “The extremists were shooting at people as they left the mosque.  They were shooting at the ambulances too,” said a resident.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but ISIS has targeted Sufis in the past, notably beheading a leading Sufi religious figure, the blind sheikh Suleiman Abu Heraz, last year and posting photos of the killing online. 

The attack was the largest single targeting of Egyptian civilians and the first on a large mosque congregation since the ISIS affiliate began its campaign of violence against the state following the military’s 2013 overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president.

Last month, militants attacked police in the Western Desert, killing 16 officers. Security officials have told journalists that dozens more, including high-ranking counterterrorism officers, perished in the Oct. 20 attack some 84 miles southwest of the capital, Cairo.  Militants have also been blamed for attacking Egypt’s small Christian population. Attacks on the Christian community has surged in recent month with a series of suicide bombings claimed by the extremist Islamic state group of killing more than 100 since Dec. 2016.

 

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in West Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.  Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected]

Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres –as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.


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