The Third 100 Days (Trump Briefs: August 19-25/Day 212-218) Week 31

By Michael Hernandez

Saturday, August 19 (Day 212):

Removing monuments is a “totalitarian” move

The president of S.T.A.N.D. says the insistence by extremists on the left that monuments to America’s Founding Fathers be removed is a “totalitarian” move.  Bishop E.W. Jackson, who heads an organization that reaches across racial and cultural lines to bring Americans together around the nation’s foundational principles, said on Fox News’ Your World:  “I’m a student of history, I love American history – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and I don’t think we ought to sanitize it – that’s a totalitarian, an authoritarian move. I simply think we ought to get this out of the public domain.”

In a Facebook video post during the protests in Charlottesville on Saturday, the bishop also said the desire by some to remove monuments to the Founding Fathers is “preposterous”:  “You’re not going to find any person in American history who was perfect, just like you and I are not. To deny the tremendous contribution to the notion of freedom and to the idea of each human being living out their God-given potential is also … preposterous … they illuminated the whole world with the idea of what it really means to be free!”

Jackson’s words come as actor Leslie Odom Jr. – the star of Broadway’s Hamiltontold TMZ this week that even statues of America’s Founding Fathers should be considered for removal.  “If we decide as a community that this bronze commemoration is no longer doing that, if it’s no longer inspiring us, if it’s no longer making us feel great about ourselves, they come down for a while, or forever,” he said. “Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. They’re not off the table for discussion.”

In a Facebook post, Rev. William Owens, president of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP), also blamed the media for “promoting hate and division” in the wake of the Charlottesville protests.  “It’s all so senseless,” Owens said. “Evil is evil regardless of motive, party affiliation, or race!”

Bishop E.W. Jackson

Missouri Senate ready to expel lawmaker who threatened Trump’s life

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson informed a state Democratic lawmaker, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who threatened President Trump’s life to resign by September 13 or the state Senate will move to expel her.  Parson, a former sheriff who also serves as the president of Missouri’s State Senate, pointed to a section of the Missouri Constitution that relates to penalties for lawmakers guilty of “contempt and disorderly conduct.”

Nadal called for the assassination President Donald Trump last week in a Facebook post that stated: “I hope Trump is assassinated!” during an exchange with a left-wing activist who claimed a family relative was a Secret Service agent.

Despite the mounting pressure to step down, Chappelle-Nadal responded that she has no plans to resign from her seat.  The Secret Service in St. Louis said they were looking into the issue, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

‘It Was Great!’ — Donald Trump Thanks Steve Bannon for His Service

“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon told the Weekly Standard. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

He admitted that his frustration with the Republican establishment was part of the reasons he left the White House. “The Republican establishment has no interest in Trump’s success on this,” he said. “They’re not populists, they’re not nationalists, they had no interest in his program. Zero.”

Bannon ridiculed the “half-hearted attempt” at replacing Obamacare and found the malaise on infrastructure discouraging. He predicted that the tax cuts would be the “standard Republican version.”

In the same interview, Bannon signaled his excitement to return to Breitbart News and fuel the populist-nationalist movement forward.  “I feel jacked up,” he says. “Now I’m free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons. Someone said, ‘it’s Bannon the Barbarian.’ I am definitely going to crush the opposition.”

Steve Bannon

CNN Normalizes Antifa: Leftists ‘Seek Peace Through Violence

In a feature story on Antifa protesters who physically assault those they disagree with, CNN lays out the narrative that the leftist protesters are driven to violence in an effort to achieve peace.

Antifa, according to CNN, “has come to represent what experts who track these organizations call the ‘hard left’ — an ideology that runs afield of the Democratic Party platform and supports oppressed populations as it protests the amassing of wealth by corporations and elites.”

CNN also speculates that Antifa is a grassroots organization that lacks central leadership, although it has been documented that powerful Leftists, including George Soros, are funding protests and protesters.

Describing those protesters as anti-Trump on “society’s fringe” – including illegal aliens and transgender people – they embrace violence. “Antifa leaders admit they’re willing to physically attack anyone who employs violence against them or who condones racism — as long as force is used in the name of eradicating hatred,” CNN reports.

CNN also notes the connection between Antifa and Nazi Germany, even if the media outlet and many others characterize people who are targeted by Antifa as the ones with Nazi sympathies. “Anti-fascists and the black bloc tactic originated in Nazi Germany and resurfaced in United Kingdom in the 1980s. Large numbers of Antifa activists first appeared in the United States at anti-World Trade Organization protests in 1999 in Seattle, and then more recently during the Occupy Wall Street movement,” CNN reports.

Citing their involvement in the riots in Berkeley, California, where Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter did not speak as planned because of violence, CNN reports that “white nationalists, neo-Nazis and others — who have been blamed for provoking violence at last week’s ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia — claim it was Antifa groups that first got aggressive.” A woman was killed when a man drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters in Virginia.

CNN reports that Antifa members have been involved in violent clashes across the United States and around the world, including in Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Alabama, and Nebraska and at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

 “Antifa is impossible to track,” CNN reports, noting that “very few” were willing to take their masks off during interviews and that it took “months” to find those who would “share their stories.”

CNN reports Antifa members use Facebook to organize their protests or counter protests and take martial arts classes and “strategize” on how to achieve their goal of “taking down fascists.” Members of a Portland-based Antifa group “don’t apologize” for the violence, according to CNN. “You have to put your body in the way,” the group’s leader said, “and you have to make it speak in the language that they understand. And sometimes that is violence.”

CalExit 3? Secession Activists Call For Constitutional Convention

California secessionists are at it again. For the third time, a “Calexit” ballot initiative was filed  with the Secretary of State, in yet another attempt to push the most populous state to secede from the United States.

The San Jose Mercury-News reports that the new effort focuses on using the U.S. Constitution to achieve secession, rather than a referendum: The new group named California Calls for a Constitutional Convention — “Cal Con Con” for short — is taking a different tack from previous independence campaigns. Instead of asking for Californians to vote for greater autonomy or independence from the U.S., Cal Con Con aims to go straight to the U.S. Constitution.

Under the initiative, California’s Legislature would ask Congress to call a constitutional convention, where state lawmakers would propose changes that would give states — not just California — “a clear and reasonable path” for “complete independence.”  This route would not require gaining traction from the public, something that opinion polls indicate was a daunting task for the first two CalExit groups.

This latest attempt to secede is being championed by Clare Hedin, identified by the Mercury News as a “San Francisco State lecturer, singer-songwriter and sound healer who was born in England.”

Boston Free Speech Rally Disbanded After Thousands of Leftists Counter-Protest

A free speech rally taking place in Boston, Massachusetts was disbanded after thousands of left-wing activists held an enormous counter-protest. No more than 300 free-speech activists took part in the event, while approximately 30,000 counter-protesters took to the streets in a protest organized by groups such as Black Lives Matter and Boston’s ANSWER Coalition.

The rally was organized by a group known as the Boston Free Speech Coalition and invited “libertarians, conservatives, traditionalists, classical liberals, (Donald) Trump supporters or anyone else who enjoys their right to free speech.” It was also addressed by Republican Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai and Libertarian congressional candidate Samson Racioppi, as counter-protesters sang songs comparing the participants to Nazis and white supremacists.

Trump ignited a political firestorm during an impromptu press conference in which he said there was “blame on both sides” for the tragic events that occurred in Charlottesville over the weekend.    

Now, the discovery of a craigslist ad posted last Monday, almost a full week before the Charlottesville protests, is raising new questions over whether paid protesters were sourced by a Los Angeles based “public relations firm specializing in innovative events” to serve as agitators in counterprotests.

The ad was posted by a company called “Crowds on Demand” and offered $25 per hour to “actors and photographers” to participate in events in the “Charlotte, NC area.”  While the ad didn’t explicitly define a role to be filled by its crowd of “actors and photographers” it did ask applicants to comment on whether they were “ok with participating in peaceful protests.”  Here is the text from the ad:

Actors and Photographers wanted in Charlotte: Crowds on Demand, a Los Angeles-based Public Relations firm specializing in innovative events, is looking for enthusiastic actors and photographers in the Charlotte, NC area to participate in our events. Our events include everything from rallies to protests to corporate PR stunts to celebrity scenes. The biggest qualification is enthusiasm, a “can-do” spirit. Pay will vary by event but typically is $25+ per hour plus reimbursements for gas/parking/Uber/public transit.

For more information about us, please visit  If you’re interested in working with us, please reply to this posting with the following info:

  • Full Name
  • Prior relevant experience (as an actor/performer, photographer, brand ambassador, political activist, etc.)
  • When are you usually available for work?
  • Resume (optional)
  • If you’re a photographer, what equipment do you use?
  • Are you ok with participating in peaceful protests (optional)?

So what is “Crowds on Demand?”  According to their own website, they’re in the business of sourcing large crowds of people to “provide clients with protests, rallies, [and] flash-mobs” all over the country.  They have an entire page on their website dedicated to “Protests and Rallies.”

“Are you looking to create a buzz anywhere in the United States? At Crowds on Demand, we provide our clients with protests, rallies, flash-mobs, paparazzi events and other inventive PR stunts. These services are available across the country in every major U.S city, every major U.S metro area and even most smaller cities as well. We provide everything including the people, the materials and even the ideas. You can come to us with a specific plan of action and we can make it happen. OR, you can approach us with a general  idea and we can help you plan the strategy then execute it. We’ve made campaigns involving hundreds of people come to action in just days. We have a proven record of delivering major wins on even the toughest campaigns and delivering phenomenal experiences with even the most logistically challenging events.” 

Actors and Photographers wanted in Charlotte: Zero Hedge


Sunday, August 20 (Day 213):

Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesville

Two prominent religious conservatives defended U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday after he was widely criticized for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for last weekend’s violence at a Virginia rally organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

Evangelical Christian Jerry Falwell, Jr. said Trump could be more polished and politically correct but is not racist. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who last week criticized the white nationalists’ “evil, sinful, disgusting behavior,” said unequivocally on Sunday that the faith community stood by Trump.

Falwell, president of the Christian-based Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, said Trump likely had more detailed information on protesters when he described “fine people” on both sides. “One of the reasons I supported him is because he doesn’t say what’s politically correct, he says what is in his heart,” Falwell told ABC’s “This Week” program. “He do­e­­­­s not have a racist bone in is body.”

Mike Huckabee, a conservative Baptist minister before entering politics, said Trump “has the faith community.  This is an attempt to discredit and ultimately dislodge Donald Trump from the White House,” Huckabee told Fox Business Network.

Franklin Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, denounced bigotry and racism on his Facebook page a day after the Charlottesville violence, but at the same time, he also took aim at politicians who tried to connect Trump to that turmoil.

Franklin Graham at The Citizens Hotel

Mega donor seeks removal of National Security Advisor

Powerful Republican “mega donor” Sheldon Adelson has privately told an ally that he supports a campaign against National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster that depicts him as anti-Israel and seeks to remove him from the White House, according to a new report.

Adelson wrote in an email to Mort Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America who is running the campaign: “Now that I have talked to somebody with personal experience with McMaster, I support your efforts,” according to Axios.


Monday, August 21 (Day 214):

North Korea releases video of simulated nuclear attack on Guam

North Korea released a video showing Guam under a simulated nuclear attack with both Vice President Mike Pence and CIA Director Mike Pompeo being blown up as President Trump looks out onto a cemetery with a caption saying that “the fate of the sinful U.S. ends here.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. began a 10-day exercise thru the end of August that the U.S. Department of Defense running “a computer-simulated defensive exercise designed to enhance readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula.”

U.S. missile destroyer collides with merchant vessel near Singapore

Ten sailors are missing and five injured after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with a Liberian 600-foot oil and chemical merchant vessel Alnic MC while east of the Strait of Malacca and Singapore.   The U.S. ship is currently sailing under its own power and heading to Changi Naval Base.  Tug boats out of Singapore, two patrol boats, a coast guard vessel and three helicopters are searching for the sailors.

Both Chief of Staff General John Kelly and National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster kept the president in the dark about the incident which resulted in a comment from the president “that’s too bad.”

Vanity Fair:   Bannon urged Trump to move U.S. embassy to Jerusalem; Kusher blocked move

Vanity Fair has reported that White House Chief Strategist Steve Banon lobbied President Trump to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, but the move was blocked by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

Vanity Fair also reported that Bannon boycotted a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, quipping, “I’m not going to breathe the same air as that terrorist.”

President Abbas visited the White House and met with Trump last May and said:  “Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace.  And we are endeavoring to bring about security, freedom and peace for our children to live like the other children in the world, along with the Israel children in peace, freedom and security.”

Abbas claimed at the White House meeting that the “Palestinian people recognize the state of Israel” despite using maps that erase Israel and despite calling for the dismantlement of the Jewish state.   Abbas has refused to end payments to convicted terrorists imprisoned in Israel for committing violent acts against Israelis even though these payments are said to encourage attacks against Israel.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump had repeatedly pledged to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.  In July, Trump signed a waiver that delayed for six months a U.S. law requiring the embassy be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

Barcelona Rabbi:  “Head for Israel”

The time has come for Jews to head for Israel and safety, Barcelona’s Chief Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen has warned.  “I tell my congregants:  Don’t think we’re here for good, and I encourage them to buy property in Israel.  This place is lost.  Don’t repeat the mistake of Algerian Jews, of Venezuelan Jews.  Better (get out) early than late.  Europe is lost.”

The flight of Jews from mainland Europe has been rising in the wake of a sharp rise in anti-Semitism.  Jewish migration to Israel has doubled in the last two years, with many more opting to flee to America and even Britain.

“You know something has gone awfully wrong when you get phone calls from friends and family in Israel who are worried about your personal safety in Europe’s capital,” said Daniel Schwammenthal, director of the Brussels-based Transatlantic Institute.

American Freedom Alliance takes on California’s destruction

The American Freedom Alliance hosted “From Gold to Dust:  The Destruction of California” that featured conservative experts speaking on why the California dream has been lost.

Lance Izumi of the Pacific Research Institute shared from his new book, “The Corrupt Classroom” and argued for school choice as the best vehicle to increase student academic performance while countering liberal bias in California schools.  Izumi called the California Teachers’ Association the fourth branch of the state government with $246 million in annual revenues and $260 million in assets last year with $40 million spent on political campaigns and social action initiatives.

Izumi spoke on only 37 percent of the 4th and 8th graders meeting the National Assessment of Educational Progress grade-level standard for math and only 48 percent meeting the English standard.  

Izumi argued that a major cause of student academic underperformance is the deterioration of classroom safety.  He stated that 78 percent of high school, 88 percent of middle schools and 53 percent of elementary schools reported at least one or more violent crimes in the 2013-14 year.  The response of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson was that school districts adopt a policy of “effective solutions” aimed at restorative practices to avoid suspending or expelling students.

Izumi concluded his remarks by arguing that the only way to achieve real political change in California is to defund public teacher unions by allowing all parents to have school choice vouchers to choose the school that would be best for their son or daughter.

School choice is favored by 60 percent of adults; 66 percent of public-school parents; 67 percent of Republicans; 56 percent of Independents; and 46 percent of Democrats.  Some 73 percent of African Americans, 69 percent of Latinos, 56 percent of Asians and 51 percent of whites supported school choice vouchers.


Tuesday, August 22 (Day 215):

President Trump shares Afghanistan strategy

“America’s strategy in South Asia will change said President Trump:

  • A shift from time based; to one based on conditions;

            “We will not say when we will attack; but attack we will.”

  • We will pursue diplomatic, economic and military outcomes;

            “We are not nation builders; but we are killing terrorists.”

  • We will change the approach on how we deal with Pakistan.

            “We will develop a strategic partnership with India.”

President Trump told the military leaders at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, “You will have the necessary tools and rules of engagement to work and work quickly.   I have lifted restrictions on war fighters that keep the Secretary of Defense and the field commanders from waging battle against our enemies.”

Trump continued:  “Micromanagement from Washington, D.C. does not win battles.  Battles are won on the field based on the expertise of wartime commanders and front line soldiers acting within real time and with real authority and with a clear mission to defeat the enemy.”

“We will make common cause with any nation that chooses to fight against global threats.   We have faced down evil before; and we have always prevailed.  We know who we are and what is worth fighting for,” said President Trump.

“We will honor the sacrifice of every fallen hero and every wounded warrior who shed their blood in defense of our great nation.  With our resolve, we will ensure the defeat of our enemies.  We will push on to victory with power with courage and everlasting pride in each one of you.  May God bless our military.  May God bless the United States of America.”


President Trump speaking on Afghanistan

Wednesday, August 23 (Day 216):

President Trump speech in Phoenix attacks media, addresses border

Former Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams now Police Chief Phoenix AZ

“The only people giving a platform to those hate groups is the media itself and the fake news.  They’re bad people and I really think they don’t like our country,” said President Trump at a campaign rally in Phoenix where he spent 30 minutes attacking the media’s attempt to show himself and his supporters as racist and white supremacists.

“If you wanted to discover the source of the division in our country, look no further than the fake news and the crooked media which would rather get ratings and clicks than tell the truth.”

Trump said the media turned a “blind eye” to issues like gang violence, the failure of public schools and the effect trade deals were having in middle America.  He also criticized the media for “unaccountable hostility against our incredible police, who work so hard and such a dangerous job.”

President Trump threatened a government shutdown if Congress didn’t include funding for the “wall on the Southern border.”  Trump said, “We are building a wall on the southern border, which is absolutely necessary.  The obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, believe me, if we have to close down our government, we are building that wall.”

Trump said he was already fixing existing walls on the border and pushed for a “see-through” wall that was important for agents to monitor the other side.  Earlier in the day, he visited a Marine Corps base in Yuma, Arizona 

Former Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams coordinated security arrangements for the President’s visit to Phoenix.   President Trump referred to a possible pardon of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Both Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain were also recipients of remarks by Trump in light of the Senate’s recent failure to repeal Obamacare (Senator McCain was the deciding vote in favor of Obamacare).

President Trump also talked about signing more than 50 pieces of legislation and about his “pro-worker agenda.”  He stated:  “The future belongs to all of us.  This is our moment, our chance to rebuild our future.  Our values will endure.  Arizona will thrive,  our beloved nation will succeed.”


Thursday, August 24 (Day 217):

Google purging conservative speech; Facebook removing hate speech

Google and its alphabet sister company Jigsaw has announced that their search engine (which controls 87 percent of page views) will partner with ProPublica coalition ad Pitch Interactive in purging conservative speech they consider hate which includes ongoing coverage of President Donald Trump.

Coalition partners include the New York Times, BuzzFeed, Univision News, George Soros’ Open Society Foundation and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg declared last week that the social media site was dedicated to removing any content “that promotes or celebrates hate crimes.”  Zuckerberg condemned events at Charlottesville.  “With the potential for more rallies, we’re watching the situation closely.”  Zuckerberg’s post said, “As a Jew…It’s a disgrace that we still need to say that neo-Naxis and white supremacists are wrong.”

Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), is working with Facebook to target certain groups.   “A lot of neo-Nazis have abandoned Facebook.”

Facebook has not commented on whether left-wing extremist and Antifa pages that promote politically-motivated violence will be removed. 

Washington Post columnist argues against free speech, Wall Street Journal editor criticizes staff for Anti-Trump bias

Skidmore College Professor Jennifer Delton writing in the Washington Post claimed that conservatives (along the likes of Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon) use “free speech” (the First Amendment) to instigate violence on college campuses and “destroy the cultural and political legitimacy of western democratic liberalism.”  She continues, “when right-wing provocateurs come to campus, they’re not defending free speech—they’re attacking the legitimacy of the university.”

Gerald Baker, the editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal has sent out an email criticizing his staff or placing too much anti-Trump opinion into the news coverage of President Trump’s Arizona rally.

“Sorry.  This is commentary dressed up as news reporting.  Could we please just stick to reporting what he said rather than packing it in exegesis and selective criticism?”

Baker’s emails ended up in the hands of New York Times reporter Michael Grynbaum—the competing New York newspaper.


Friday, August 25 (Day 218):

Pro-life video journalists pleads no guilty in San Francisco court

David Delaiden, who heads the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) and was the video journalist who released tapes about Planned Parenthood pleaded not guilty to charges against him in a San Francisco Superior Court on Thursday.

“What Sandra (Merritt) and I did is no different from what local news sources and local news outlets do every single day in the state of California when they go undercover and publish undercover news stories,” Daleiden said at a news conference following his court appearance.  “The only difference is that we recorded and we exposed the sacred cows of the California political establishment—Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation and their allies and proxies in the abortion industry, the political backers of the organs of power in the state of California.”

Daleiden, represented by the Thomas More Society, was in court because of a complaint filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra that accused Daleiden of privacy violations even though the video footage was filmed in public locations, such as restaurants and hotel conference rooms.

“Davis was investigating violent felonies,” said his criminal defense attorney Brent Ferreira, a former Los Angles County Deputy District attorney.  “A great injustice is being done here,” said Daleiden’s other attorney, Steve Cooley, a former Los Angeles County District Attorney.

Daleiden is appealing a gag order to the U.S. Supreme Court issued by San Francisco federal Judge William Orrick III.  The order prohibts publication of undercover footage of the Planned Parenthood officials during a National Abortion Federation trade show on the basis that it could endanger the abortionists.

Daleiden was supported by Terrisa Bukovinac, president of Pro-Life Future of San Francisco.   “I’m a San Francisco local, a registered Democrat, a feminist, and an atheist…I’m here to tell you that, contrary to conventional wisdom, there is a thriving and passionate pro-life presence in the city of San Francisco, and many of us…support David and Sandra.”  Bukovinac contended that Becerra had accepted thousands of dollars in political donations from Planned Parenthood.

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President Trump pardons Sheriff Joe

President Donald Trump pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday evening, citing his record of service to his country.  “Arpaio’s life and career, which began at the age of 18 when he enlisted in the military after the outbreak of the Korean War, exemplifies selfless public service,” read a statement from the White House.

The Arizona sheriff, now 85-years-old, served in the Army before becoming a police officer in Washington DC and Las Vegas and a special agent in the DEA. He became the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona in 1992.  “After more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon,” the statement concluded.

Arpaio was convicted in July 2017 for violating a federal judge’s order to not detain suspected illegal immigrants. He faced up to six months in jail for the conviction and possible fines.

Trump Deputy Assistant resigns from White House

Dr. Sebastian Gorka, who has served as deputy assistant to President Donald Trump since January, resigned from the White House administration on Friday evening.

“Given recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the Make America Great Again promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House,” Gorka wrote in a letter addressed to the president. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”

During his time in the administration, Gorka focused on key issues such as tackling radical Islamic terrorism, the diplomatic crisis in Qatar, and managing relations with China.


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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