The Third 100 Days (Trump Briefs: August 26-Sept. 1/Day 219-225) Week 32

By Michael Hernandez


Saturday, August 26 (Day 219):

House Speaker, Pelosi,  and Schumer rip Trump for Arpaio pardon

House Speaker Paul Ryan, Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Minority Senate Leader Chuck Schumer have all ripped President Trump for pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

“The speaker does not agree with the decision,” Ryan spokesman Doug Andres told the Wall Street Journal. “Law-enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States. We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon.”

Ryan’s statement against the president’s decision comes along with several Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi among them, leveling similar criticisms.

“Joe Arpaio ignored the courts of law in order to systematically target Latinos in AZ,” Schumer said in a statement, per Politico. “The definition of racism and bigotry.”  Pelosi bashed the president on Twitter.   “Pardon of fellow birther Arpaio makes mockery of rule of law, & says communities of color can be targeted & abused w/ total impunity.”


Sunday, August 27 (Day 220):

San Francisco city leaders exultant for shutting down free speech

San Francisco city leaders were exultant Saturday after Patriot Prayer group was forced to shut down a planned demonstration due to threats of violence.

Bay Area public radio station KQED reported that leaders in San Francisco and Alameda counties had used “a series of legal maneuvers and bureaucratic red tape” as well as Anita protesters—who openly preach violence as a way to stop free speech.

According to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, “They (free speech demonstrators) have  message that we don’t believe in—a message of hate.  That message can easily translate into violence.”

Joey Gibson, the leader of Patriot Payer, held a press conference at which he blamed Mayor Lee and House minority Leader Nancy Peliosi for inciting violence, including labeling his group as a white supremacist organization.

Joey Gibson – Screenshot

Obamacare Architect:  Abortion of “marginal children” is a “social good”

Dr. Jonathan Gruber, former MIT economist and a  chief architect of ObamaCare,

who admitted the Administration deceived the public to pass ObamaCare has been fired by Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan.  He concluded that Gruber’s conduct violated the Vermont Civil False Claims Act for submitting false [personal services contract] claims to the state.”

The single-payer proposed plan – under the name Green Mountain Care – has been deemed too expensive for the small population of Vermont.

Gruber – became a household name in 2014 when he spoke disparagingly about the “stupidity” of the American people.  It was Gruber who once infamously quipped: “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter “by mislabeling [the tax on certain premium health care plans], calling it a tax on insurance plans rather than a tax on people, that the American people are too “stupid to understand.”

Gruber has also written extensively on his view that the abortion of “marginal children” is a “social good.”  In a “scholarly” paper he co-authored, titled “Abortion Legalization and Child Living Circumstances: Who is the “Marginal Child?”, he concluded that “the legalization of abortion saved the government over $14 billion in welfare payments through 1994,” referring to abortion of poor children as “positive selection.”


Monday, August 28 (Day 221):

Star Wars actor joins campaign to buy Twitter, ban Trump

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is joining the effort to buy Twitter and remove President Donald Trump from this social media platform.

The GoFundMe campaign started by former CIA nuclear proliferation expert Valerie Wilson claims that removing Trump from Twitter will reduce the likelihood of a nuclear war.  The goal is to raise one billion dollars.  Some $80,000 has been raised.

Wilson states that “100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Global Zero, a nonprofit organization leading the resistance to nuclear war” if the campaign does not raise enough money to buy Twitter.  

Netanyahu:  “We will not allow Iranian ‘noose’ around Israel”

“Iran wants to use Syria and Lebanon as war fronts in its declared goal to eradicate Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

The Jerusalem Post reported that Jerusalem cannot be expected to sit idly by as Iran extends itself in Syria and Lebanon and declares (with Hezbollah) that they are planning a two-front war against Israel.

“It is our right not to allow this noose to tighten around Israel,” said Netanyahu during Guterres’s first visit to Israel since taking office in January.   Diplomatic sources say that Israel is presenting “its case before having to take action in Syria or Lebanon, well aware that any action it takes will lead for calls of condemnation in the United Nations Security Council.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Trump:  ‘All options on the table’ after North Korea Missile launch

President Donald Trump answered North Korea’s missile launch over Japan by declaring that “all options are on the table.”   Trump stated:  “This regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior.  Threating and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world.”

The missile launched by North Korea, flew over Japan before landing in the sea.  President Trump spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abel about the missile launch and spoke about the “growing direct threat” to the United States, Japan and South Korea.

North Korea state media released videos depicting nuclear attacks on Washington, D.C, New York, and San Francisco.


Tuesday, August 29 (Day 222):

Trump:  ‘Texas can handle anything!’ after Hurricane Harvey

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Corpus Christi, Texas for a briefing on the state’s efforts to rescue victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“It’s historic, it’s epic (Hurricane Harvey), but I tell you it happened in Texas and Texas can handle anything!” said Trump after standing on a ladder and waving the Texas flag.

Houston Governor Greg Abbot confirmed that the president would not interrupt rescue efforts in Houston, Texas  after the city was hit with heavy flooding.  Instead, Trump visited areas that were first hit by the storm where cleanup had already begun.

Governor Abbot said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response under Trump’s leadership was “remarkable” and that Texas officials were coordinating with federal officials a week in advance of the storm.  “I’ve been in constant contact with either the White House or FEMA on a daily basis, and they provide Texas everything that we need—whenever Texas asked for anything, the answer has been yes.”

Hurricane Harvey

Berkeley:  Trump supporters ‘wanted to get beat up” by Antifa

Civil Rights lawyer Dan Siegel praised the actions of the Berkeley Police Department, which allowed Antifa to jump the barricades and attack free speech demonstrators—five were injured–on Sunday who had gathered after a “No to Marxism” rally was canceled for fear of violence.  Four hundred police and 100 Antifa activists were at the event.

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin is now calling on the University of California cancel “Free Speech Week” planned for late September in which a conservative campus group called Berkeley Patriot is inviting former Breitbart News tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos to speak.

Berkeley was the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement in 1964, where students fought for, and won, the right to express any political views they wanted on campus.  Conservatives have challenged the campus to live up to that legacy.


Wednesday, August 30 (Day 223):

Feinstein:  Trump will serve at least four years

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) shocked a liberal audience in San Francisco on Tuesday by suggesting that President Donald Trump, will in fact, serve his full four-year term, rather than being impeached or removed from office.

According to, “The senator shocked the crowd when she declined to say that Trump should be impeached and warned the audience that they should expect to deal with the developer-turned politician for all four years of his term.”

Initially, Feinstein was greeted with a standing ovation, but was later booed by a few in the audience when she suggested that Trump could improve. And even be a good president.  “I just hope he has the ability to learn and change—and if he can, he can be a good president,” Feinstein said.

Dianne Feinstein

Nancy Pelosi denounces Antifa protesters

Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a statement late Tuesday denouncing violent left-wing “Antifa” protesters, saying they deserve “unequivocal condemnation.”  Pelosi released the statement in the wake of the latest bout of left-wing violence in Berkeley, California, over the weekend. “Antifa” protesters jumped barricades and assaulted peaceful demonstrators at a right-wing event on Sunday.

Pelosi had previously called for the House to censure Trump over his response to Charlottesville, but with the increasing rise of left-wing violence, on Tuesday she released a statement condemning the left-wing rioters.  “Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts,” Pelosi said in a statement.  “The violent actions of people calling themselves Antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.”

“In California, as across all of our great nation, we have deep reverence for the Constitutional right to peaceful dissent and free speech,” she said. “Non-violence is fundamental to that right.  Let us use this sad event to reaffirm that we must never fight  hate with hate,  and to remember the values of peace, openness  and justice that represent the best of America.”


Thursday, August 31 (Day 224):

Berkeley Mayor member of anti-fascist Facebook group

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin is a member of the anti-fascist Facebook group, By Any Means Necessary, which orchestrated the riots that occurred ahead of a scheduled lecture by Milo Yiannopoulos.

BAMN orchestrated the violence that shut down a scheduled lecture at UC Berkeley featuring Milo Yiannopoulos in early 2017. Arreguin is allegedly also friends with BAMN leader, Yvette Felarca, on Facebook.They were also involved in the violent clashes earlier this month.


Friday, September 1 (Day 225):

New Evidence points to pre-determined outcome in Clinton email scandal

“James Comey, former director of the FBI, prepared a statement exonerating Hillary Rodham Clinton in April 2016, three months before he even interviewed her or sixteen other key witnesses in the investigation,” said ACLJ chief counsel Jay Sekulow on Friday. “That is no way to run an investigation. The entire “investigation” into Clinton was fake. It was a fraud on the American people. I said this for months and now we have proof.”

According o Sekulow, “It is clear that James Comey pre-determined the outcome of this faux investigation from the beginning.” Watch below or use this link:

Hillary Clinton

President Trump declares Sunday a National Day of Prayer

President Donald Trump declared Sunday (Sept. 3) a National Day of Prayer for Hurricane Harvey victims. The president signed a declaration after he met with faith leaders and evangelical ministers.

“As response and recovery efforts continue, and as Americans provide much-needed relief to the people of Texas and Louisiana, we are reminded of Scripture’s promise that ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,’” Trump said in a statement. “Melania and I are grateful to everyone devoting time, effort, and resources to the ongoing response, recovery, and rebuilding efforts.”

“We’ve received prayers from people across the entire world, this has been a unifying effort and it has galvanized the best of America,” Trump said in remarks to the press at the White House.  “Individuals of every background are striving for the same goal, to aid and comfort people facing devastating losses,” he said.

Evangelical Pastor Robert Jeffress followed the signing of the declaration with a prayer in the Oval Office as follows:

“Father, Your Word says if Your people who are called by Your name will humble themselves and pray and seek Your face, You will forgive their sins and heal their land.

“Father, I thank You that we have a President, President Donald Trump, who believes in the power of prayer, and Vice-President, Mike Pence, who works alongside him. And we thank You that the President had the wisdom to call our nation right now for a day of prayer this coming weekend. Father, this is what we need.

“We pray for healing for our country.  We pray for physical healing for those who have suffered the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. Be with them, supply for their needs. Help us be the embodiment of Jesus Christ as we minister to them. But we also want to pray for spiritual healing, emotional healing, for our country. This country has been bitterly divided for decades upon decades, and now You have given us a gift, President Trump, who wants to bring healing to this country and he is bringing healing to this country. And I pray that You give him and Vice-President Mike Pence the wisdom they need to truly make our country the country You want us to be.

“We want America to be great again, and we know America can only be great if America is good, and we know we have a President who wants to make America good.  I pray Your blessings upon him, the First Lady, their family—give them wisdom as they seek to honor You.  And we pray this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ Who came and died and rose again, that we might have eternal life. It’s in His name we pray, Amen.

(Editor’s Note:  See link below for all the prayers given in the Oval Office):

Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, issued a statement on Thursday also proclaiming Sunday as a Day of Prayer in Texas.  “I urge Texans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers on that day for the safety of our first responders, public safety officers, and military personnel, healing of individuals, rebuilding of communities and the restoration of the entire region struck by this disaster,” Governor Abbott said.

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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