No Debate – Lester Holt’s absurd FAIL another example of state media working for Her

Immigration: Nothing

Clinton Foundation: Nothing

Benghazi: Nothing

Emails: Nothing

Clinton’s record as Secretary of State: Nothing

Clinton’s support of the Iraq War (which is not in question): Nothing

Clinton’s “Basket of Deplorables” attack on Trump supporters: Nothing

Did I mention immigration?  Let me repeat: NOTHING!

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Lester Holt learned the ‘Matt Lauer Lesson’

POSTED AT 8:01 AM ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

BY LARRY O’CONNOR

I was really looking forward to seeing Donald Trump in a one-on-one debate. Unfortunately, Monday night the Republican nominee was engaged in a two-on-one affair with moderator Lester Holt doing everything he could to assist Hillary Clinton and put Trump on the defensive.

Let’s start with the topic selection and questions directed tot he candidates. This is the single most influential component of the moderators role and responsibility in these made-for-TV, pretend debates, and Holt did Clinton’s bidding with the topics he selected and, most importantly, the topics he ignored.

Trump’s tax returns:

Mr. Trump, we’re talking about the burden that Americans have to pay, yet you have not released your tax returns. And the reason nominees have released their returns for decades is so that voters will know if their potential president owes money to — who he owes it to and any business conflicts. Don’t Americans have a right to know if there are any conflicts of interest?

Birtherism:

Mr. Trump, for five years, you perpetuated a false claim that the nation’s first black president was not a natural-born citizen. You questioned his legitimacy. In the last couple of weeks, you acknowledged what most Americans have accepted for years: The president was born in the United States. Can you tell us what took you so long?

Stop and frisk:

Your two — your two minutes expired, but I do want to follow up. Stop-and-frisk was ruled unconstitutional in New York, because it largely singled out black and Hispanic young men.

Iraq war support:

Mr. Trump, a lot of these are judgment questions. You had supported the war in Iraq before the invasion, in 2002…  [Long exchange over whether this is a true premise or not] …why is your judgment any different than Mrs. Clinton’s judgment?

Hillary’s awesomeness:

Mr. Trump, this year Secretary Clinton became the first woman nominated for president by a major party. Earlier this month, you said she doesn’t have, quote, “a presidential look.” She’s standing here right now. What did you mean by that?

Nearly all of Holt’s followups and fact-checking efforts were directed at Trump, not Clinton. Look for a big debate over his role

And then, there were the questions he didn’t ask.

Immigration: Nothing

Clinton Foundation: Nothing

Benghazi: Nothing

Emails: Nothing

Clinton’s record as Secretary of State: Nothing

Clinton’s support of the Iraq War (which is not in question): Nothing

Clinton’s “Basket of Deplorables” attack on Trump supporters: Nothing

Did I mention immigration?  Let me repeat: NOTHING!

.@LesterHoltNBC asked Trump questions about things he’s said and Hillary questions about things he’s said. Little on what she said/did.

And then there was Holt’s so-called “fact checking” authority. Joe Concha at The Hill lays out how Holt seemed to only find facts that needed checking from the podium on his left:

Holt did indeed fact-check on several occasions, almost exclusively with Trump.

Holt said the GOP nominee had once supported the Iraq War, a statement that Trump pushed back upon.

“I did not support the war in Iraq,” Trump said.

When Holt began to mention a 2002 interview with Howard Stern in which Trump did voice support for the war, the real estate magnate called it “mainstream media nonsense” put out by Clinton.

A few seconds later, Holt said “the records shows otherwise” before asking a separate question.

Here is my official full statement on tonight’s moderated by Lester Holt.

All in all, it was a performance worthy of an Upper East Side cocktail party in Manhattan which Holt has secured an invitation to for the next four years. That’s his reward for learning the Matt Lauer lesson. His NBC colleague was ripped apart by the Clinton campaign and their willing accomplices in the media over the past several weeks after Hillary’s dismal performance at a forum on the peacock network.

Lesson learned. Lester is safe and, maybe he can ring Lauer to the cocktail party so he can properly prostrate himself and beg for forgiveness.

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FBI REVEALS THAT OBAMA KNEW OF HILLARY’S PRIVATE EMAIL SCAM

September 23, 2016

The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents on Clinton’s email investigation.

March 7, 2015

President Obama only learned of Hillary Clinton’s private email address use for official State Department business after a New York Times report, he told …
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“We will make America strong again. We will make America safe again. We will Make America Great Again.”

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Recap and Analysis: The American Populist Revolt

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Trump meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in New York

Trump pledges support to Egyptian president if elected

Donald Trump expressed “his high regard for peace-loving Muslims” during a meeting Monday night with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in New York, the Trump campaign announced.

The high-level sit-down focused on political, military and economic cooperation between the US and Egypt, according to a readout of the meeting released by the Trump campaign.

“Mr. Trump expressed to President el-Sisi his strong support for Egypt’s war on terrorism, and how under a Trump Administration, the United States of America will be a loyal friend, not simply an ally, that Egypt can count on in the days and years ahead,” states the campaign readout.

“Mr. Trump emphasized to President el-Sisi his high regard for peace-loving Muslims and understands that every day there are people of goodwill that sacrifice their lives and fortunes to combat the growing threat of radical Islamic terrorism.”

Trump also reportedly said that if he wins in November, the Egyptian president can expect an invitation for an official visit to the US.

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Multiple U.S. Bombings Are Linked

First ISIS-Al Qaeda cooperation for US bombings

DEBKAfile Special Report

September 19, 2016

Ahmed Khan Rahami, 28, is wanted for questioning in the Chelsea bombing, in which 29 people were injured. His photo was released Monday, Sept. 19, by the New York police via millions of cell phones. Rahami, a naturalized American citizen born in Afghanistan and resident of New Jersey, was described as “armed and dangerous.” The five men taken in for questioning from a SUV loaded with IEDs Sunday night were also tagged by investigation sources as Afghanis.

The alert and photo of the wanted man were accompanied by the police raid of Rahami’s apartment in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after an explosion was triggered at the local rail station by a bomb squad robot examining a bag that turned out to contain five pipe bombs.

The information coming in on the series of terrorist incidents over the weekend points strongly to the presence of a large-scale terrorist network, almost certainly linked to Al Qaeda, in New York and New Jersey.

DEBKAfile’s intelligence and counterterrorism sources reported Monday morning:

The same cell phone-activated mechanisms were found in the explosive device that injured 29 people in the Chelsea district of New York, Sunday, Sept. 18, the unexploded pressure cooker found on 27th Street and the pipe bomb, the only one of three which exploded harmlessly before a Marines charity run in New Jersey.

This was discovered in the preliminary local and federal investigations of the string of weekend terrorist events.

Another discovery was that the same man carrying a piece of luggage showed up on security cameras at the two Manhattan bomb scenes, as he dropped an object in a dumpster in Chelsea and another on 27th Street. Two witnesses also saw a man acting suspiciously.

This individual is the object of a wide hunt. Overnight, local authorities reported that agents pulled over a “vehicle of interest” on a Brooklyn highway and were questioning its five occupants, although no arrests were announced.

Then, in New Jersey Monday, Sept. 19, a suspect back pack was being examined by a robot at Elizabeth station when it exploded, proving to contain five pipe bombs. The area had been cordoned off and no one was hurt.

The New York Police and FBI have declined to confirm reports that the Chelsea explosion was caused by the same kind of shrapnel-filled pressure cooker bomb as the unexploded device found intact on 27th Street.

This would point strongly to the same modus operandi as two previous acts of terror by Al Qaeda: the first on May 1, 2010, when an American of Pakistani descent Faisal Shahzad was recruited by al Qaeda to park a bomb car containing an explosive pressure cooker on Times Square; the second, on April 15, three years later, when the brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev detonated a pressure cooker bomb against the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 140.

The latest round of terrorist attacks occurred three years after the Boston crime. Could the Islamist terrorists be operating in three-year cycles? It is too soon to say.

However, if the same hands were behind the New York and New Jersey operations, this would show that Islamic terror has enhanced its capabilities in the United States and able to scatter a variety of explosive devices in several places at once. The apparent link to Al Qaeda would be critical. Investigators are finding it hard to determine whether the New York and New Jersey outrages should be attributed to Al Qaeda or ISIS.

DEBKAfile’s intelligence and counterterrorism sources can shed some light on this conundrum. Last month, we disclosed the startling arrival in Syria of Al Qaeda’s most dangerous terrorist master, Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian whose real name is Mohammed Salah al-Din Zaidan

He did not come alone, but along with his top operational team. They are believed to have reached Syria from Pakistan smuggled through Iran and Iraq. On arrival, Saif al-Adel, who has 21 years of major anti-American terrorist crimes behind him, including the 1998 East African US embassy bombings, dropped off the radar of intelligence agencies after he landed in Syria.

He is presumed to have gone under ground – whether to join up with ISIS or with Al Qaeda’s Syrian arm Jabhat Fath Al-Sham (formerly the Nusra Front), from which to branch out for a fresh international campaign against America.

If indeed this top terror pro has gone to work for the Islamic State, the latest round of attacks would mark the start of a cooperative Al Qaeda-ISIS project for sowing terror in the United States.

It is worth noting that the Islamic State quickly claimed as a “soldier of Allah” the Somali jihadist refugee, who stabbed nine people in a Minnesota mall, whereas no group has yet claimed the Manhattan and New Jersey bombings.

Security is now tightened in NYC as the United Nations General Assembly this week goes into session, for which at least 200 heads of state and foreign ministers have begun arriving. Some 1,000 New York State police and National Guard members, some in heavy weapons units, are already fanned out across the city at sensitive points.

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VIDEO – “What have you got to lose?” Miami rally highlights.

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VIDEO: Trump in Miami – Les Deplorables

Donald Trump continued Friday night to highlight Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” remark — this time in quite a creative manner.

The Republican presidential nominee walked onstage to the theme song of the popular musical “Les Misérables” at a Miami rally, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

“Welcome to all you deplorables!” Trump told the audience, prompting a roaring applause.

Clinton ignited controversy last Friday when she said at an LGBT gala, “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.”

 

The new American Revolution….with a smile.

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TRUMP – “I will eliminate all needless and job-killing regulations now on the books”

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Trump outlines specific goals for growth in economic address

“I’m not running to be the president of the world, I’m running to be president of the United States,” Trump said, assuring the Economic Club of New York that his plan is US-centric.

Trump gave specific goals — and policy details — urging the US “to start thinking big once again.”

“[I]t is time to establish a national goal of reaching 4 percent economic growth,” he said.

Robust economic growth, he said, would help America recover from its financial woes. “Over the next 10 years, our economic team estimates that under our plan, the economy will average 3.5 percent growth and create a total of 25 million new jobs.”

Trump proposed “bold new tax reform.” When the audience hesitated to applaud immediately, the Republican said, “Don’t worry, they’re going down,” referring to tax rates, “not up.”

It will be simpler and lower, Trump said, when he’s president. In a question-and-answer session, he added that his plan would decimate the tax preparer industry.

The business-minded crowd cheered loudest when he said the corporate tax rate would be lowered to 15 percent — and, later, when Trump pledged to “put an end” to the regulation industry.

“I will eliminate all needless and job-killing regulations now on the books,” Trump vowed.

He also addressed energy reform, which would “lift restrictions on all sources of American energy production.”

In what he called “the foundation for everything,” Trump reiterated his pledge to renegotiate trade deals so that they’ll favor American workers.

Trump said his plan would open up a “new highway of jobs into our country.”

“Our plan will produce paychecks — and they’re going to be great paychecks — for millions of people who are unemployed or underemployed,” Trump added.

“This is the most pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-family plan put forth perhaps in the history of our country.”

To draw a contrast — and to make the case that changes in the US are required immediately — the Republican presidential candidate talked about Flint, Michigan, which he visited Wednesday.

“It used to be cars were made in Flint and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico,” Trump said. “Now cars are made in Mexico and you can’t drink the water in Flint.”

Trump also used the Manhattan address to bash Hillary Clinton’s economic plan, saying it favored only donors and special interests — and that only those who cozied up to Clinton could get rich. “The only thing she can offer is a welfare check.”

 

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SEPT 15 – TRUMP TAKES THE LEAD

 

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Before Her “medical episode” on Sunday … She insulted all of US on Friday night.

Herself had a disastrous weekend …

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  • New York Republicans and even some Democrats called Hillary Clinton’s characterization of Donald Trump’s backers as a bigoted “basket of deplorables” a major blunder that will badly damage her already-faltering campaign. 
“It’s Exhibit A of her political incompetence,” a prominent Democratic operative who strongly supports Clinton told The Post.

“I think a lot of Democratic strategists are in a state of disbelief at how clunky Hillary’s campaign has been.

“It’s been a year and a half and she still can’t answer the goddamn e-mail question, and despite outspending Trump by huge amounts, she’s losing ground to him every day and the race is tightening,” said the operative.

While Clinton tried early Saturday to walk back her comments by calling them “grossly generalistic” and saying she regrets putting “half” of Trump’s supporters in the category of bigots, one of her top operatives, Mary Jennings, hours later sent key Clinton surrogates a “talking points” memo making clear the controversy wasn’t expected to end soon.

The 10-point memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Post, gave the surrogates suggested answers to a range of questions involving Clinton’s remark including one under the heading of “if pushed” and another labeled “only if asked.”

That one dealt with the seemingly contradictory statement by Clinton running mate Tim Kaine that he didn’t think she needed to apologize for her comments — right before she did.

The memo suggests Clinton surrogates respond that Kaine was, in fact, only “making the point that she didn’t need to apologize for calling out that Donald Trump has given a platform to the alt-right and its deplorable views.”

Leading New York Trump supporters said Clinton won’t be able to escape serious political damage as a result of her comments.

“At a multimillion-dollar Wall Street fund-raiser with Hollywood celebrities, Hillary Clinton could not have demonstrated more contempt and arrogance towards the majority of working Americans who want change,” said Trump’s New York pollster, longtime GOP strategist John McLaughlin.

“If she keeps this up heading to Election Day, Donald Trump will only have to play this Hillary clip in his ads and the Republican Party will have Hillary as our best weapon to turn out voters,” McLaughlin said.

State GOP Chairman Ed Cox, saying, “Oh, my God,’’ when asked about Clinton’s remarks, claimed her “bigoted, intolerant and insulting statement has thrown a huge amount of kerosene on an already grass-roots fire here in New York for Donald Trump.”

“I’m hearing it from people across the state, and if the media is being honest, then her remarks should get the attention that Mitt Romney’s off-hand comment about 47 percent of the people being dependent on government got. But this is worse since it was a very considered comment by her,” Cox said.

 

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BREAKING NEWS – Hillary has “medical episode” – VIDEO

 

ZOOM VERSION: https://twitter.com/BernieOrBustLA/status/775005393021874176

DIFFERENT ANGLE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11-EAzsGxgQ

 

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9-11-2016: We have a nation to rebuild.

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– SEPTEMBER 11, 2016 –

“Fifteen years ago, America suffered the worst terrorist attack in its history. Thousands of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and innocent American children were murdered by radical Islamic terrorists.

Today, we mourn for all the lives lost. We mourn for all the children who had to grow up without a mom or dad, and for all the parents who’ve had to struggle on without their children.

We will never forget.

In that darkest hour, the entire world bore witness to the strength and courage of our mighty nation. Firefighters, police officers and port authority workers rushed into danger, into smoke, into fire to save the lives of people they had never met –performing their sacred duties until their last moments on Earth. Heroes like Father Mychal Judge who tended to the dead and dying until he too joined them in Heaven. These were the finest and bravest and toughest people that could ever grace a city.

We remember the heroes of Flight 93, who saved countless more from a terrible fate.

We remember the heroes at the Pentagon who fought to save every last life from the smoldering rubble.

Today is a day of sadness and remembrance. It is also a day of resolve. Our solemn duty on behalf of all those who perished that September day 15 years ago, is to work together as one nation to keep all of our people safe from an enemy that seeks nothing less than to destroy our way of life.

We pray for those who have lost the ones they love so much, and we also pray for the unity we will need to conquer all the challenges to come.”

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TRUMP – “If we don’t win this election, you’ll never see another Republican and you’ll have a whole different church structure. You’ll have a whole different Supreme Court structure.”

Exclusive: Trump: ‘This Will Be the Last Election that the Republicans Have a Chance of Winning’

 

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David Brody

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Donald Trump says if he doesn’t win in November, Republicans will never win another election because Hillary Clinton will make sure illegal immigrants get citizenship.

“This will be the last election that the Republicans have a chance of winning,” Trump tells us from backstage at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., on Friday. “You’re going to have people flowing across the border, you’re going to have illegal immigrants coming in and they’re going to be legalized and they’re going to be able to vote and once that all happens you can forget it.”

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Indeed, Clinton has promised to push hard for comprehensive immigration reform in her first 100 days as president. That very well could mean millions of illegal aliens would potentially be granted citizenship.

If that were the case, states like Florida and Texas would probably be more difficult to win during a general election.

Donald Trump: “I think it’s going to be the last election that the Republicans can win. If we don’t win this election, you’ll never see another Republican and you’ll have a whole different church structure. You’ll have a whole different Supreme Court structure.”

 

David Brody: “Just so I understand, when you say last election are you referring to what Michele Bachmann was talking about with citizenship because Hillary is talking about potentially providing citizenship for many of these illegals. That means Florida and Texas could be gone.”

 

Trump: “I think this will be the last election if I don’t win. I think this will be the last election that the Republicans have a chance of winning because you’re going to have people flowing across the border, you’re going to have illegal immigrants coming in and they’re going to be legalized and they’re going to be able to vote and once that all happens you can forget it. You’re not going to have one Republican vote.

And it’s already a hard number. Already the path is much more difficult for the Republicans. You just have to look at the maps.”

 

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WHY THEY HATE AND FEAR DONALD TRUMP

WHY THEY HATE AND FEAR DONALD TRUMP

 

 

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Analysis: “Cold War” between Russia and the United States had stepped out from Ukraine to Syria and landed squarely in the middle of the US presidential election campaign.

How Syria, Ukraine crises tie in with US elections

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis
September 5, 2016

  • Instead of grappling with global crises, the G20 summit taking place in Hangzhou, China, is revealed as having been turned into a platform for a further plunge in the cold war revived afresh between the United States and Russia.
  • Obstacles and sticking points summed up the umpteenth bid on Sunday, Sept. 4, by US Secretary of State John Kerry to agree with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on a way forward in the Syrian conflict, or even on a short humanitarian truce.
  • President Barack Obama blamed President Vladimir Putin for refusing to bring all his clout to bear on Assad to force him to accept US truce terms, especially a halt in Syrian aerial bombardment.
  • The profound rift between the American and Russian leaders was sharply marked, but it also arose from the deep divisions among the cooks who are stirring the Syrian conflict. Much has been made of the hopelessly fragmented anti-Assad rebel movement into some 1,000 militias, and the divisions in the Iranian and Hizballah camp backing the Syrian dictator. But very little is heard about the controversies among the bodies in charge of US policy for Syria, namely, the White House, the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • This internal dissent, which is strongly reflected on the battlefield, is one reason why Obama vetoed any further cooperation with Russia in the Syrian conflict – and not just the “gaps of trust” remaining between the two powers.
  • Even less attention has focused on the internal debates in the Kremlin among the presidential office, the foreign ministry and the generals on the handling of Russia’s formidable military intervention in the conflict.
  • This week, the two leaders took widely diverse steps to ratchet up the “cold war” between them.

Putin had his defense minister launch the large-scale 10-day Caucasus 2016 military exercise — from Crimea on the Ukraine border – involving Russia’s Black Sea and Caspian fleets and 12,000 troops.

  • This step was taken against the background of the strong interface sustained in recent years between the Ukrainian and Syrian crises in times of high US-Russia friction.
    Moscow’s military intervention in Syria, now exactly a year old, was bracketed from the word go with Russian domination of the Crimea and the Black Sea. For every military or political falling-out with Washington over Syria, a crisis developed over Ukraine.
    Therefore, the commander of the Caucasus 2016 exercise is none other than Col.-Gen. Alexander Dvornikov, who up until July was commander of Russian forces in Syria.
    The Obama administration has wielded its own second-strike capability against Moscow.

  • US intelligence agencies have let it be known that they are now officially investigating allegations that Russia has embarked on a broad operation, involving cyber tools and hacking, to sow public distrust in the US presidential election and its political institutions. The probe is led by Director of Intelligence James R. Clapper.
  • The administration has thus gone way beyond the accusations thrown out in late July by the Democratic Party campaign and some Republican leaders that Russian intelligence was meddling in the campaign by hacking Democratic Party emails for disclosures to embarrass their candidate Hillary Clinton. There were also subsequent discoveries of interference in the computers of two state polling centers.
  • Taking all these events together, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the “cold war” between Russia and the United States had stepped out from Ukraine to Syria and landed squarely in the middle of the US presidential election campaign.
  • Whether or not Russian intelligence was put to work to achieve this, Putin appears to be content with the outcome.
  • The second part of this DEBKAfile exclusive analysis is to be published here on Wednesday Sept. 7.

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Trump being praised at African-American church has Reuters director give the order: “Shut it down”

The Last Refuge

A shock example of anti-Trump media censorship was caught on tape when Reuters ordered its cameraman to cut live footage of Trump receiving praise from African-American Bishop Wayne T. Jackson in Detroit.

 

The incident occurred as Jackson presented Trump with a shawl, a bible, and offered his prayers as the black audience cheered and clapped.

Perhaps aware of the devastating impact the optics of this moment would have on the media’s efforts to demonize Trump as a racist bigot, a voice is heard off-camera saying, “He’s getting a shawl!”

The cameraman then says, “I’m shooting this, I don’t care what they say….I’ll take a demotion for this…. you?”

“Shut it down,” insists the director,” followed by another voice asking, “Shut this down?”

“Yes Michael, do it,” orders the director.

We then hear the word “blackout” and the camera shakes before the live feed is cut.

“Reuters was primary video feed for the event, all other video delivery services were coming from the Reuters feed. When Reuters shut down, all other outlets lost the broadcast,” reports the Conservative Treehouse.

Right Side Broadcasting responded to the controversy by offering the cameraman a job, promising to pay him much more than Reuters.

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How The Donald Has Become ‘The Hope Candidate’

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by MATTHEW BOYLE

Exclusive — Behind The Scenes With Trump In Detroit: How The Donald Has Become ‘The Hope Candidate’

DETROIT, Michigan — Donald Trump, the 2016 GOP presidential nominee, delivered a positive and uplifting message filled with hope and opportunity here at the Great Faith Ministries International church.

In addition to Dr. Ben Carson and Omarosa, Breitbart News accompanied Trump on the trip to Detroit to provide an original and behind-the-scenes look into how he is offering an uplifting message to all Americans—including the black community.

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“Our nation is too divided. We talk past each other, not to each other and those who seek office do not do enough to step into the community and learn what is going on,” Trump told the church-goers from the podium, where he briefly spoke about why he was there. “They don’t know. They have no clue. I’m here today to learn. So that we can together remedy injustice, in any form. And so that we can also remedy economics so that the African-American community can benefit economically through jobs and income and so many other different ways.”

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Trump’s speech on the podium came after he taped an interview with Bishop Wayne Jackson, who along with his wife Dr. Beverly Jackson, serve as the senior pastors for the inner city Detroit church. The interview will air next week.

Left to right, Bishop Jackson, Trump and Detroit police chief James Craig chat during the meet-and-greet

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After the interview, before Trump’s speech, he sat in the front row of the church’s pews for the opening of the Saturday service—and even danced along a little bit with the black leaders as the service opened up with a few upbeat songs. Later in the day, with Carson as his guide, Trump visited Carson’s boyhood home in Detroit–walking down Carson’s street talking to the people there, many of whom seemed supportive of what Trump is doing.

Carson shows Trump the home he grew up in as a kid in Detroit.

Carson and Trump talk to Carson’s boyhood home’s current homeowner.

Carson and Trump talk to the neighbors too as they stroll through the world renowned neurosurgeon’s old stomping grounds.

In the speech in the church, Trump laid out how the permanent political class has failed everyone in the United States including America’s black communities.

“Our political system has failed the people and works only to enrich itself,” Trump said. “I want to reform that system so that it works for you, everyone in this room. I believe true reform can only come from outside the system. I really mean that. Being a businessman is much different than being a politician because I understand what is happening. And we are going outside the establishment.”

WATCH PART TWO OF TRUMP’S SPEECH:

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Trump has already successfully defined himself as a candidate of change, while his opponent Hillary Clinton represents the status quo. In this Detroit event, however, aides to Trump note he took a different tact: His new aim, in addition to representing change, is to begin representing “hope”—and a positive outlook for the United States with an uplifting policy agenda designed to fix problems for everyone in the country.

“What we’re seeing is a fundamental shift in the campaign,” Jason Miller, Trump’s senior communications adviser, told Breitbart News. “Mr. Trump was already the change candidate, but this week his message of inclusion and optimism made him the hope candidate as well. With Hillary having abandoned the campaign trail in order to dodge questions about her continual ethics issues, I’m not sure how she ever gets that back.”

Trump offered policy specifics for the inner cities: he called for a revitalized Motor City, with “factories everywhere” and “new roads and bridges” as well as “new schools—especially schools.”

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But the most important promise in Trump’s speech came at the end of that line, when the billionaire businessman and political outsider promised the people of Detroit—and really everyone nationwide who was listening as the speech was carried live on major networks—“new hope.”

The themes of “hope” and “change” are strong in the American electorate, and it’s those two promises that propelled Barack Obama—America’s sitting two-term president—into the White House in 2008. Many, whether they like Obama or not, do not believe he has delivered on the promises he made of hope and change. Many believe he has failed, and has become one of the most divisive presidents along party lines in history, alienating millions of Americans who don’t support his agenda.

“Mr. Trump is working hard for all votes because he wants to be a voice for all Americans,” Trump’s national spokeswoman Katrina Pierson, who is also black and accompanied the campaign on this Detroit trip, told Breitbart News. “He came to Detroit to listen, and became a voice of hope.”

Pierson noted his positive tone in this speech, before a church congregation in the inner city—which drew him a standing ovation after he quoted from Scripture—is a problem-solving themed agenda.

Trump earns standing ovation

“He gave a positive uplifting speech and delivered a strong policy agenda for economic growth, education, and prosperity for communities that have suffered under insider politicians,” Pierson said.

In the event, Omarosa, the former Apprentice contestant, noted, “the spirit was so high.” At one point, Trump even held up and kissed a baby.

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“Did you see how many ‘amens’ Donald Trump got?” she told Breitbart News backstage after Trump spoke. “It was just incredible to see him connect with the parishioners and really bring a powerful word of hope to this congregation. I thought it was phenomenal.”

Omarosa, who’s also now a pastor as Trump noted in his speech, said Trump is clearly gaining support in the black community.

“You were in the room,” she said. “You felt the spirit. It was authentic. It was a very natural connection because they know that Mr. Trump is going to fight for them. When he talked about jobs, when he talked about the economy, when he talked about his family and his faith, they connected, because those are things that all Americans worry about. They’re worried about their families, they’re worried about their futures. And they’re very excited about someone who’s going to put God back into the schools, God back into every element of our lives. Unapologetically, Mr. Trump is a man of faith.”

Carson echoed Omarosa in his own exclusive interview with Breitbart News.

“I thought it was extremely well done,” Carson said of the event backstage afterwards. “Donald Trump was well-received by the audience here and it’s very important for people to see for themselves rather than have this man interpreted for them by the media that has another agenda. The whole concept of togetherness and strength, we have radical Islamic terrorists who want to destroy us. And we’re just going to make it easy for them if we try to destroy ourselves. We need somebody who really wants to look at the totality—how do we Make America Great Again? We can’t make it great again unless every part is great, including cities like Detroit.”

After Trump was so well received in this Detroit church, Bishop Jackson bestowed upon him a prayer shawl on stage before Trump moved on to his next stop in the inner city.

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Carson, Trump’s former rival in the primaries turned strong supporter, advised him on the way here on messaging and tone, and the results of the advice Trump is taking not just from Carson but others in his inner circle including Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and more, is showing up in the analytics. Carson told Breitbart News that Trump is gaining support in the black community.

“You look at the NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll that was out a couple of weeks ago, he got 1 percent of the black vote,” Carson said. “A week later he got 8 percent of the black vote. I suspect it will only go up because he’s reaching out. In the past, the black community felt there was really no other alternative except the Democrats—even though the Democrats weren’t doing anything for them. I think it’s good to introduce some competition here. Let the Democrats come up with something that really works. And let the Republican come up with something that works, and let people make a decision based on something intelligent rather than blind loyalty.”

That NBC polling is hardly the only indicator that Trump’s support in the black community is increasing, despite media claims otherwise. In fact, as Breitbart News reported after his speech in West Bend, Wisconsin, in the wake of recent Milwaukee riots, Trump’s appeal in the black community according to Los Angeles Times polling increased multiple fold up to more than 14 percent. And the way that the Democratic Party—and particularly Hillary Clinton—are responding to it is not by offering any substantive criticism or alternative policy-focused solutions for America’s struggling inner cities like Detroit. Instead, she went to Reno, Nevada, a little more than a week ago to slam Trump as a racist in her speech, bashing the “alt-right” in the wake of Trump’s hiring of Stephen K. Bannon—Breitbart News’ executive chairman who is currently on leave from this network—as his campaign CEO. Carson said Hillary Clinton’s attacks on Trump over race are “absurd” and a “desperate play.”

“Really, when you stop and think about it, the real racism are the people who think that people have to think a certain way—they have to act a certain way—and if they don’t they’re an ‘Uncle Tom,’ they’re a ‘traitor,’ what have you,” Carson said. “That’s ridiculous. That’s the most racist thing I’ve ever heard.”

Indeed, during his speech, Trump made a reference back to the fact that the party that nominated him for president—the Republican Party—freed the slaves under President Abraham Lincoln, who was a Republican. Republicans have led the way on Civil Rights for more than a century, championing the civil rights reforms of the 20th Century, and have led the way on women’s rights as well.

“Becoming the nominee of the Party of Abraham Lincoln — a lot of people don’t realize that Abraham Lincoln, the great Abraham Lincoln was a Republican — has been the greatest honor of my life,” Trump said. “It is on his legacy that I hope to build the future of the Party but more important the future of the country and the community.”

Trump has, in previous interviews with Breitbart News, expressed how proud he is to carry on this Republican tradition of leading on civil and women’s rights while Democrats choose to not only not lead, but in many cases work on the other side. In this speech—in the aforementioned policy specifics—Trump laid out how he plans to lead on the 21st Century’s civil rights agenda, an agenda focused on jobs, education and opportunity for all.

Just like with previous civil rights movements, Democrats—who have nearly unanimously ruled America’s inner cities for decades, in some cases more than half a century, driving their economies into the ground—are on the other side of the civil rights agenda.

“I believe that we need a civil rights agenda for our time,” Trump said. “One that ensures the rights to a great education — so important — and the right to live in safety and in peace and to have a really, really great job. A good paying job and one that you love going to every morning. That can happen. We need to bring our companies back.”

Pastor Darrell Scott, a Cleveland-area black pastor and Trump supporter who was in attendance in Detroit on Saturday, issued a statement from the campaign shortly after the event.

“In his remarks today, Donald Trump called for a new civil rights agenda that includes the right to a safe community, the right to a great education and the right to a secure job,” Scott stated. “These civil rights are in addition to the fundamental, constitutional civil rights of our society and the absolute commitment to equal protection, ending discrimination and safeguarding the dignity of all citizens – and that includes their inviolable freedoms and liberties. Mr. Trump will also defend our religious freedoms, and the freedom of Americans from all communities to worship in peace.”

In addition to Scott’s statement, the Trump campaign detailed the policy specifics in a press release designed to address each of the “civil rights agenda” items and more. It’s because of these efforts that Lynne Patton, a black woman executive who has worked for the Trumps in various capacities for years, was so proud of her boss in Detroit on Saturday.

“I could not have been more proud to stand by this incredible man’s side today,” Patton, who in addition to serving as the Trump campaign’s Trump family ambassador is working on minority engagement for the campaign, told Breitbart News. “The immediate bipartisan headlines that followed praising my boss’ call for unity, inclusion, dialogue acceptance commitment & opportunity cannot even begin to measure the level of energy & excitement that enveloped us from the moment we stepped off the plane. The Motor City will prosper once again under a Trump Administration.”

Patton became a surprise star at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July, where she delivered a sizzling speech about how Donald Trump and his family care about everyone—a speech that came after a video she crafted detailing how Trump’s companies have hired more minority and women executives than any other she’s worked at. What Patton, Omarosa and so many others who have worked with Trump over the years suggest is that the real estate magnate has always cared about the black community; and that he wasn’t attacked by Democrats on racial lines until he ran for president as a Republican. Trump, despite the mainstream media narrative to the contrary, has a long and deep history of breaking racial barriers and working African American leaders on issues of equality and civil rights.

“As someone who has been with this family each and every day for the past seven years, I know Mr. Trump—I know his heart and I know his passion for this country to be true,” Patton said at the RNC. She continued:

Tonight, as we stand in the shadow of one of the darkest months in modern American history I know now more than ever that Donald Trump is the law and order leader we need to heal a wounded and divided nation. We all watched, horrified and helpless, as a radical Islamic terrorist targeted members of the LGBTQ community in Orlando. We’ve seen discord in our urban communities sparked by the senseless deaths of young black men in Baton Rouge, in Minnesota, and far too many places around this country. We watched in horror as our nation’s finest were gunned down in Dallas and Baton Rouge as they sought to protect the very people protesting them. But in order to heal as a nation, we must stop viewing these incidents as attacks on the LGBTQ community or attacks on the black community or even attacks on the law enforcement community. They are attacks on America, they are attacks on our values, they are attacks on the very foundation of civil society. Sadly, there is not one person in this room who can deny that historically black lives have mattered less. My life mattered less, and whether we like it or not, there are people out there who still believe this to be true. But tonight, as a minority myself, I personally pledge to you that Donald Trump knows that your life matters, he knows that my life matters, he knows that LGBTQ lives matter, he knows that veterans lives matter, and he knows that blue lives matter. This country is sadly more divided than it was eight years ago. But tonight, don’t hope for change: Be the change.

To wrap it all up, it wouldn’t have been a complete day if Trump didn’t thank the law enforcement community in Michigan for everything they do. Back at his plane before heading back to New York City, Trump took individual photos with many of the officers who were part of his security detail during the Detroit trip–and a group photo with all of them.

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In contrast to Trump, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, goes for days without doing public events. In fact, it has now been 273 days since she held a press conference.

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TRUMP PENCE 2016 — MILLENNIALS ROCK THE VOTE — SHARE THE SONG

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CLASSIC: Friday before Labor Day news dump reveals how Hillary lied to the FBI, to the media, to everyone of US

  1. Such amazing coincidences. NYT reports Clinton email system on March 2. House committee subpoenas two days later…

    Then, sometime in week after March 25, somebody deletes Clinton email archive. And you won’t believe this…

    But that somebody also coincidentally BleachBitted email archive. And then manually deleted backup. How–how–could it happen?

    Read the full text of the FBI notes from the Hillary Clinton email probe at

    THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER

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    The FBI report shows Hillary Clinton was criminally reckless

    Hillary Clinton was so oblivious to her duty to guard the nation’s secrets that she didn’t even realize that “(C)” in an e-mail header means “confidential.” And that’s just one of the revelations in the FBI report on its investigation into her abuses.

    •  In addition to the thousands of Clinton e-mails the State Department has found to hold classified data, the FBI ID’d 81 classifed e-mail chains — eight of them “top secret.”
    •  Clinton used at least 13 mobile devices at State. Some were properly destroyed afterward — but others just went missing.
    •  She didn’t even know how classification worked: “Clinton could not give an example of how classification of a document was determined.” And, in one example, she didn’t even realize that “deliberation over a future drone strike” — a highly classified issue — was “cause for concern regarding classification.”
    •  After news broke of her private setup, she tried to completely wipe all her records. In the end, she failed to hand over at least 17,448 work e-mails.
    •  Though she denied it again to the FBI, her goal throughout was plainly to evade the Freedom of Information laws: Whenever anyone else — from Colin Powell to techies at State — noted that a course of action would mean leaving records that might become public, she chose a different path.

    In her FBI interview, she “couldn’t recall” any State training or warnings on retaining records, handling classified info or e-mail policies of any kind.

    But she was the boss: It was her job to know the rules for protecting the nation’s secrets and leaving a complete record of her work — or at least to hire aides who’d get it done. But she hired enablers who helped keep her secrets without guarding America’s.

    In total, the report shows behavior far worse than “extremely careless,” as FBI chief Jim Comey termed it as he recommended against legal charges. Central to the case for mercy was his claim she didn’t “intend” to break the law. Yet his own agents’ report shows that, at the minimum, she just didn’t give a damn what the law required.

    “Criminally reckless” is more like it.

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    MORE – SO MUCH MORE

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MORE – TRUMP WINS BIG IN MEXICO

ELECTION 2016

In accepting the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto to fly to Mexico City, the Donald was taking a major risk.

Yet it was a bold and decisive move, and it paid off in what was the best day of Donald Trump’s campaign.

Standing beside Nieto, graciously complimenting him and speaking warmly of Mexico and its people, Trump looked like a president. And the Mexican president treated him like one, even as Trump restated the basic elements of his immigration policy, including the border wall.

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The gnashing of teeth up at the New York Times testifies to Trump’s triumph:

“Mr. Trump has spent his entire campaign painting Mexico as a nation of rapists, drug smugglers, and trade hustlers. … But instead of chastising Mr. Trump, Mr. Pena Nieto treated him like a visiting head of state … with side-by-side lecterns and words of deferential mush.”

As I wrote in August, Trump “must convince the nation … he is an acceptable, indeed, a preferable alternative” to Hillary Clinton, whom the nation does not want.

In Mexico City, Trump did that. He reassured voters who are leaning toward him that he can be president. As for those who are apprehensive about his temperament, they saw reassurance.

For validation, one need not rely on supporters of Trump. Even Mexicans who loathe Trump are conceding his diplomatic coup.

“Trump achieved his purpose,” said journalism professor Carlos Bravo Regidor. “He looked serene, firm, presidential.” Our “humiliation is now complete,” tweeted an anchorman at Televisa.

President Nieto’s invitation to Trump “was the biggest stupidity in the history of the Mexican presidency,” said academic Jesus Silva-Herzog.

Not since Gen. Winfield Scott arrived for a visit in 1847 have Mexican elites been this upset with an American.

Jorge Ramos of Univision almost required sedation.

When Trump got back to the States, he affirmed that Mexico will be paying for the wall, even if “they don’t know it yet.”

Indeed, back on American soil, in Phoenix, the Donald doubled down. Deportations will accelerate when he takes office, beginning with felons. Sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants will face U.S. sanctions. There will be no amnesty, no legalization, no path to citizenship for those who have broken into our country. All laws will be enforced.

Trump’s stance in Mexico City and Phoenix reveals that there is no turning back. The die is cast. He is betting the election on his belief that the American people prefer his stands to Clinton’s call for amnesty.

A core principle enunciated by Trump in Phoenix appears to be a guiding light behind his immigration policy.

“Anyone who tells you that the core issue is the needs of those living here illegally has simply spent too much time Washington. … There is only one core issue in the immigration debate, and that issue is the well-being of the American people. … Nothing even comes a close second.”

The “well-being of the American people” may be the yardstick by which U.S. policies will be measured in a Trump presidency. This is also applicable to Trump’s stand on trade and foreign policy.

Do NAFTA, the WTO, MFN for China, the South Korea deal and TPP advance the “well-being of the American people”? Or do they serve more the interests of foreign regimes and corporate elites?

Some $12 trillion in trade deficits since George H.W. Bush gives you the answer.

Which of the military interventions and foreign wars from Serbia to Afghanistan to Iraq to Libya to Yemen to Syria served the “well-being of the American people”?

Are the American people well served by commitments in perpetuity to 60- and 65-year-old treaties to wage war on Russia and China on behalf of scores of nations across Eurasia, most of which have been free riders on U.S. defense for decades?

Trump’s “core issue” might be called Americanism.

Whatever the outcome of this election, these concerns are not going away. For they have arisen out of a deeply dissatisfied and angry electorate that is alienated from the elites of both parties.

Indeed, alienation explains the endurance of Trump, despite his recent difficulties. Americans want change, and he alone offers it.

In the last two weeks, Trump has seen a slow rise in the polls, matched by a perceptible decline in support for Clinton. The latest Rasmussen poll now has Trump at 40, with Clinton slipping to 39.

This race is now Trump’s to win or lose. For he alone brings a fresh perspective to policies that have stood stagnant under both parties.

And Hillary Clinton? Whatever her attributes, she is uncharismatic, unexciting, greedy, wonkish, scripted and devious, an individual you can neither fully believe nor fully trust.

Which is why the country seems to be looking, again, to Trump, to show them that they will not be making a big mistake if they elect him.

If Donald Trump can continue to show America what he did in Mexico City, that he can be presidential, he may just become president.

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TRUMP WINS BIG IN MEXICO

Mexico gamble a huge win for Trump

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About an hour before Donald Trump made his joint statement with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, a strategist in Trump’s extended circle saw success on the horizon.

“I bet they have a nice meeting where they both explain their positions and promise to talk further — it doesn’t have to be any more complicated than that,” the strategist explained. “If [Trump] just has a calm, behind-closed-doors meeting, has a photo taken, looks presidential, and gets out of town, that’s a big win.”

Indeed, it was a big win — a very big win — for Trump. Going into a meeting with the potential for disaster — who knew how Pena Nieto would receive the world’s most controversial presidential candidate or what embarrassments might lie ahead?

— Trump came out of the meeting looking very much like a potential President of the United States. Standing beside the Mexican leader in front of a green-gray granite wall reminiscent of the United Nations, Trump presented the picture of a statesman.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Trump was reciting “The Snake” before a rowdy audience in Everett, Washington. In Mexico, he looked like a world leader.

Before the meeting, some in the Trump circle saw a win virtually no matter what happened. “It’s a great gesture,” another adviser said. “Frankly, the outcome doesn’t matter. It’s the fact that he did it. He took the guy up on his invitation, and even if there’s no substance, at least the gesture was made, and it absolutely, totally overshadows anything Hillary Clinton is going to do for the next 48 hours.”

After the hour-long session, Trump benefited enormously from the conventions and practices of international relations. There they were, the president at one podium and the candidate at another, translators translating, the assembled international press watching. When it came time to talk, Pena Nieto observed the niceties of diplomacy, treating Trump as a quasi-president already.

“I had a very open and constructive discussion with Donald Trump,” Pena Nieto said. “Even though we may not agree on everything, I trust that together we will be able to find prosperity and security.”

Not agree on everything? Before the meeting, it’s fair to say that Pena Nieto and Trump didn’t agree on much of anything — from the border wall to NAFTA to Trump’s statements about Mexicans to Pena Nieto’s statements about Trump. But after the meeting, the president and the candidate stood before the press like two world leaders calmly and rationally discussing the issues of the day.

It didn’t matter that in his remarks, Pena Nieto offered a positive case for his country and his people that served as a rebuttal to much of what Trump has said in the past. What mattered more was the Mexican leader’s public acceptance of Trump as an American leader.

Many polls have shown that large numbers of voters do not believe Trump is qualified to be president. After the session, the Trump campaign was quick to tout the trip as evidence that he is ready for the Oval Office.

“Mr. Trump’s trip to Mexico is an impressive display of his ability to serve as our nation’s president on day one,” said deputy communications director Bryan Lanza in a statement. “This shows Mr. Trump’s commitment to strengthening our economy as well as our relationship with our neighbor, Mexico.”

Pena Nieto invited Clinton to visit, too. If she does, she will of course receive the kind of respectful, official treatment that she deserves. But Clinton, as a former secretary of state, has videos of zillions of photo ops showing her as a major player on the world stage. Trump had none. Until today.

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TRUMP GOES TO MEXICO

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EXCLUSIVE: Trump-Peña Nieto Meeting Confirmed — It’s On

GOP nominee to make historic campaign trip to Mexico Wednesday

by Jon Conradi | Updated 31 Aug 2016 at 7:20 AM

LifeZette has confirmed that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Sources including Mexican officials involved in the planning of the visit, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, stated the meeting would cover a broad variety of topics ranging from trade to security to immigration and the contentious issue of border enforcement.

A serious, substantive, and respectful meeting with Peña Nieto also offers Trump the chance reassure skeptical undecided voters of his presidential temperament.

It is expected that Trump adviser and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, along with high-ranking Mexican officials, will attend the meeting.

The meeting will occur despite concerns from both Mexican security services and the U.S. Secret Service.

Officials expect the two leaders to make some statement following the meeting, but do not expect a full press conference.

The trip is particularly historic for Trump in that no previous non-incumbent presidential nominee of a major party has ever traveled to Mexico as part of his campaign.

The stakes for both Donald Trump and the Mexican president are high.

For Peña Nieto, the meeting represents a tremendous opportunity to offer Trump, the potential next president of the United States, an olive branch. Peña Nieto has made negative comments about Trump in the past, including a suggestion Trump was like a fascist dictator. The meeting will offer Peña Nieto the chance to clear the deck with the potential next leader of a nation on which his own is almost entirely economically reliant — and earn goodwill for himself and his country among Trump supporters.

For Trump, the historic meeting comes at a time when the GOP nominee is ramping up a high-stakes bid to win over support from traditionally Democratic minority voters in the United States.

“Republican presidential nominees usually aren’t bold enough to go into communities of color and take the case right to them, and compete for all ears and compete for all votes,” Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said in an Aug. 28 interview with ABC, “They’ve been afraid to do that. So, Mr. Trump deserves credit for at least taking the case directly to the people.”

Trump surrogate Dr. Ben Carson laid out the key objectives Trump is pursuing in his outreach to minority communities.

“He wants to find out from a lot of different sources what people perceive the problems to be and what they perceive the solutions to be,” Carson said in an interview with Michel Martin on NPR. “He also wants to hear about things that have effectively moved people out of the position of dependency and put them on a ladder to success.”

Tying the economic message geared toward minority voters into the campaign’s overall theme, Dr. Carson said, “You cannot be great if you have large pockets of people who are failing.”

A new report from Gallup indicates Trump’s effort may be finding success with U.S.-born Hispanic voters.

The analysis found Hispanics who were born in the United States, those who constitute most of the Hispanic demographic’s total voters, only view Clinton more favorably than Trump by a 14-point margin. To put that in context, 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney lost the Hispanic vote by a whopping 44 percent.

Trump-Clinton Favorability with Hispanic Voters
Voting Bloc Clinton Trump
All U.S. Hispanics 65% 21%
U.S.-Born Hispanics 43% 29%
Foreign-Born Hispanics 87% 13%
Source: Gallup

“Both parties have done nothing for the middle class, but more specifically under the Obama administration Latinos, African-Americans, and the middle class have done worse under Democratic policy,” said Jorge Herrera, one of the directors of #LatinosForTrump, in an Aug. 25 interview with LifeZette. “Hillary Clinton will be more of the same. Donald Trump is the only one speaking of the need to uplift Hispanics and all others economically.”

Trump certainly has credibility to speak on how to create jobs, including for minorities.

It’s hard to know for certain exactly how many Hispanics Donald Trump has employed throughout his business career, but an analysis from CNN Money found Trump is likely responsible for creating at least 34,000 jobs — Trump has suggested many of those positions have been held by Hispanics.

“I am friends with and employ thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent,” Trump said in a June 7 statement.

Of course Trump, waylaid by constant negative media coverage and hyperbolic attacks of racism, still faces a steep climb to pull close to even with Clinton among Hispanic voters.

But the opportunity presented by meeting with Peña Nieto could be a game-changer.

Mexicans and Mexican-Americans alike could give Trump a second look after a strong show of respect for the nation of Mexico and a cleanly pulled-off meeting.

A serious, substantive, and respectful meeting with Peña Nieto, also offers Trump the chance reassure skeptical undecided voters of his presidential temperament.

Of course, first Trump will have to carefully navigate every moment both ahead of and after the meeting as the press corps will be rabidly looking for a chance to blow up the big moment.

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Here is some of what to expect if #NeverTrump triumphs:

Hillary Is Way More Awful than Trump

by DEROY MURDOCK

August 30, 2016 4:00 AM

Never Trump equals Hillary, plain and simple

If Never Trump Republicans succeed on Election Day, Donald J. Trump will return to real estate, his political dreams shattered. Hence, the bigger headline on Wednesday, November 9, would read: Hillary Clinton elected 45th president.

Neither independent Evan McMullin, nor the Green party’s Jill Stein, nor Libertarian Gary Johnson will leapfrog Clinton and Trump to win the White House. So, ipso facto, Never Trump = President Hillary Clinton. Full stop.

A President Hillary Clinton would be Obama with a work ethic. Rather than slacking off on putting greens, she will dedicate her impressive work ethic to turbocharging Obama’s policies, America be damned.

Thus, here is some of what to expect if Never Trump triumphs:

Hillary Clinton would appoint at least one justice to the Supreme Court. If she only replaces the late Antonin Scalia with a liberal, the 5–4 center-right high court will go 5–4 center-left.

Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court pose for formal group photo in the East Conference Room in Washington

 

And if, among justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, John Roberts, and Clarence Thomas, one or more departs, Clinton would shift the Court even farther left. On issue after issue, the Supremes consequently would order less liberty and more government.

They would be eager to reverse the Heller and Citizens United cases and thus jeopardize gun rights and non-union political speech.

Also, scores of Clinton’s judicial appointees would use their federal trial and appeals courtrooms to apply her statist legal philosophy for life.

“We are going to start immediately on comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship,” Clinton recently promised. From illegal aliens to the lightly vetted Syrian refugees that America’s Angela Merkel would vacuum into the U.S., Clinton would convert these individuals as swiftly as possible into freshly minted Democratic voters. Republicans will find it even harder to win elections as Clinton builds a permanent Democratic majority.

To that end, Clinton’s Justice Department would double down on Obama’s war on voter ID and other ballot-integrity measures. This would expand opportunities for pro-Democrat vote fraud and rigged elections. Good luck, GOP candidates.

Clinton ignored the candidate questionnaire from the 335,000-member National Fraternal Order of Police. “I was disappointed and shocked,” the cops’-union president, Chuck Canterbury, told The Hill. This exposes Clinton’s cold shoulder towards blue lives, even as 2016’s shooting deaths of police officers have climbed 61 percent through August 25, compared to the same period in 2015, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Clinton likely would turn her back on cops, even as they increasingly endure bull’s-eyes on theirs.

“I want us to defend and build on the Affordable Care Act,” Clinton declared. “That is one of the greatest accomplishments of President Obama, of the Democratic party, and of our country.” Rather than a temporary aberration, Obamacare would become permanent — unless Clinton transforms it into full-blown, single-payer, socialized medicine. Prepare for rapidly rising costs and swiftly plunging care.

New-drug development would slump, as Clinton continues to hammer the “cruel, heartless” pharmaceutical companies. Medicine and medicines would fester, just when America’s graying population needs them most. Tell your parents you love them while you still can.

Clinton likely would continue Obama’s Big Yawn in response to Veterans Affairs’ making veterans await doctors’ appointments until they literally drop dead. VA executives have destroyed proof of their malpractice. Rather than prosecute them for negligent homicide, Obama gave them bonuses. Expect as much from Clinton. Senator

Clinton earned NARAL Pro-Choice America’s 100 percent rating. “She will repeal the Hyde amendment to ensure low-income women have access to safe reproductive health care,” Clinton’s website promises. Translation: The taxpayer-subsidized killing of unborn Americans would roar on under Hillary Clinton.

Clinton would accelerate class warfare. She wants a 4 percent “Fair Share Surcharge” on annual incomes above $5 million, continuation of the immoral death tax, and no change in America’s thoroughly uncompetitive 35 percent corporate tax. Indeed, she would close business loopholes without cutting the developed world’s highest commercial levy, thus swelling America’s corporate-tax burden.

Hillary would release the regulatory hounds. She would deploy the acronym autocrats of the EEOC, EPA, NLRB, OSHA, SEC, and hundreds of other agencies to hogtie American enterprise with more of the red tape that has limited today’s average annual GDP growth to a flaccid 0.95 percent.

At the IRS, Clinton would let a thousand Lois Lerners bloom. Clinton would staff federal agencies with young, aggressive far-left activists who would burrow into the bureaucracy and wreak havoc for decades.

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Overseas, Clinton would keep leading from behind, failing to identify America’s chief enemy as “radical Islamic terrorism,” and pretending that militant Islam is just another lifestyle choice.

Unless Obama padlocks it first, Clinton would keep emptying Guantanamo, never mind the recidivism of at least 30 percent of former detainees. (Obama last week sprang 15 hardened terrorists from Gitmo, essentially returning five of them to jihad.) They will kill more innocent people — perhaps including Americans.

Under Hillary Clinton, Israel still would feel the back of America’s hand, just as Iran’s women-hating, gay-killing, terrorism-sponsoring ayatollahs spend $400 million in cash ransom payments, plus more than $100 billion in sanctions relief, under Obama’s nuclear deal. “I support this agreement,” Clinton said.

Never Trump cultural conservatives should ponder the societal impact of having a relentless, unmitigated, pathological liar in America’s highest office.

The poster girl for pay-to-play — who lied to Congress under oath, peddled access to the State Department, abused state secrets, and reportedly skipped State’s mandatory ethics training — would become the role model for little girls from sea to shining sea.

“Honesty is the best policy” would wash out with the tide. George Washington’s “I cannot tell a lie” would devolve into Hillary Clinton’s I cannot tell the truth. America’s civic culture would corrode as citizens see the words “Equal Justice Under Law” and hear rim shots. To prosper, Americans would adopt the Clinton Way: Cut corners, shift blame, and lie, lie, lie.

In short, Hillary Clinton would spend four to eight years cremating every tenet of fiscal, social, and strategic conservatism.

But none of this seems to faze the center-right elected officials, campaign operatives, and pundits who lead Never Trump, or the rank-and-file Republicans who heed their siren call.

There is something highly unsatisfying about this unyielding movement. Aside from free trade — where Trump’s promises undermine the conservative ideal of unfettered movement of goods and services — Never Trump’s objections to Trump are far less about what he would do as president, compared to Hillary Clinton. Instead, the Never Trump critique is mainly about how Trump makes people feel.

Unusual for the center-right, Never Trump is far more about style than substance. Otherwise sensible conservative and libertarian thinkers, whom I have known and respected for decades, have used these terms to describe Trump:

“Fascist.” In The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, Sheldon Richman calls fascism “socialism with a capitalist veneer.” As he added: “Where socialism nationalized property explicitly, fascism did so implicitly, by requiring owners to use their property in the ‘national interest’ — that is, as the autocratic authority conceived it.” In direct contrast, Trump proposes to loosen Washington’s grip on private enterprise. He wants corporate-tax simplification, a reduction of the 35 percent corporate tax rate to 15 percent, elimination of counterproductive red tape, and an indefinite moratorium on new federal regulations. Some fascist.

“Racist,” “anti-Hispanic,” “misogynist.” While he could do so more smoothly, Trump is the first Republican nominee to make a direct and repeated plea for the black vote. Once accused of being too harsh on illegal aliens, Trump now is being pummeled for wanting a more “humane” approach on immigration. The “woman-hating” Trump tapped Kellyanne Conway to run his campaign, making her the first female to head a Republican nominee’s White House bid.

“Sociopath.” What, precisely, is the sociopathic policy agenda? How might a sociopathic cabinet look? Why do scores of employees not flee Trump Tower, and his other establishments, screaming: “Sociopath!”

“Intellectually incurious.” Trump is no one’s idea of an egghead. And yet he is intellectually curious enough to seek and accept policy advice from such eggheads as supply siders Steve Moore, Larry Kudlow, and Arthur Laffer, Ph.D.; Middle East expert Walid Phares, Ph.D.; and others.

“He hasn’t read a book in years.” Who knows how many books Trump has read, and when? To her credit, Hillary Clinton seems well read. Too bad the volumes on her shelves offer America the worst possible ideas, such as Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

An old friend who is a prestigious professor of political science at a top-tier university used an obscure academic distinction to characterize the Republican nominee: “Asshole.”

Others have called him a “profane” and “vulgar” “bully” who uses “the wrong tone” and is (how fitting) “a name caller.” Donald J. Trump is no one’s idea of Cary Grant. Pity that.

However, this is an election for president of the United States, not concierge at The Breakers, America’s new best friend, or babysitter for one’s newborns. Elegance, an ability to choose the right words at the right time, and a reassuring demeanor would be most welcome in the White House. Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton is hardly awash in such qualities.

And even if she were a latter-day Dolley Madison, far more vital things are at stake. November 8 involves the choice that faces us, not the choices we wish we could have.

If conservatives could unlock the attic of the ivory tower at the Hoover Institution and unsheath a magic wand, Ronald Reagan would be cruising toward his third presidential landslide and four more year of brilliant, affable, good-humored, game-changing leadership. Nothing could be more thrilling right now. Alas, Reagan is unavailable.

It also would be swell to give Milton Friedman or William F. Buckley Jr. a shot at the Oval Office. Too bad they cannot make it either. That magic wand also has been menacingly elusive.

Love it, hate it, or flatline it, one of these two people will become the next President of the United States: Donald J. Trump or Hillary Rodham Clinton.   One of them will implement the frightful checklist above. The other will not.  

And yet, confronted with this stark reality, a disturbing number of prominent conservatives and Republicans still cheer, “Never Trump!”   Astonishing.

The Never Trump crowd is like a family standing in front of its home atop a California hillside during a Santa Ana condition. Propelled by a hot, dry 40-mph gale, a ferocious wall of flame storms up the parched fields toward everything they own. Suddenly, and not a nanosecond too soon, a fire engine swings around a nearby street corner, headed straight for the endangered property.

“What an ugly color!” Dad yells. “I, too, hate that shade of red!” Junior shouts. “I wish they’d turn down that siren!” Sis hollers. “Those big tires might trample my rose bushes!” Mom screams  “Never Fire Truck! Never Fire Truck! Never Fire Truck!” they chant in unison.

Fair enough, but that family shouldn’t cry when the morning sun rises on nothing but ashes. —

Deroy Murdock is a New York–based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online.

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“Her plan on immigration is incredibly coherent, it’s scary as heck”

 

“It’s really a very radical plan” 

Trump campaign manager: Clinton’s immigration plans ‘scary as heck’

“Her plan on immigration is incredibly coherent, it’s scary as heck,” Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said in an interview on Bloomberg TV’s “With All Due Respect” Monday afternoon.

“Because she has total open borders, catch-and-release, sanctuary cities continue, amnesty. I mean it’s really a very radical plan. She’s been critical of President Obama. She thinks that he has actually not done enough.”

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Clinton has promised to push for comprehensive immigration reform, even while pledging to expand upon President Barack Obama’s controversial executive orders providing relief for undocumented immigrants, some of which have been thwarted by the Supreme Court.

But she has also called for “humanely” enforcing current immigration laws and for detaining and deporting individuals “who pose a violent threat to public safety” — positions that echo the language Trump himself has adopted recently.

Conway on Monday refused to offer any previews of the immigration policy Trump intends to more fully flesh out on Wednesday with his much-anticipated speech on the issue. She also declined multiple times to say whether or not Trump still supports the creation of a so-called deportation force that would round up undocumented Americans and remove them from the country. She said an answer to that question would come in Wednesday’s speech.

Conway did discuss the tenets of Trump’s immigration plan, which she said will focus on the construction of a wall along America’s southern border, no legal status and an end to so-called sanctuary cities, where undocumented persons are not prosecuted solely because of their immigration status. She said “angel moms,” mothers of Americans killed by undocumented immigrants, have become “the faces of our campaign.”

Once those pillars are addressed, Conway said, Trump would begin dealing with the larger pool of undocumented immigrants and enforcing the law.

  • “We don’t know what actually happens when you enforce the law because nobody does,” she said. “In Washington they just make new laws.”

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TRUMP PENCE 2016 – “I’ve met with many of these grieving families, including the incredible family of Sarah Root”

Full Transcript – AUGUST 27, 2016 –

IN IOWA, DONALD TRUMP OFFERS VISION OF HOPE FOR THE POWERLESS AND DISENFRANCHISED

Thank you. I am thrilled to be here in Iowa among so many good friends.

Iowa is fortunate to have some of the best and most dedicated public servants in the country – including Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, State GOP Chairman Jeff Kauffman, Senator Chuck Grassley and, of course, our great host, Senator Joni Ernst.

What an incredible roster.

I also want to take a moment to thank the Bikers who have been so good to me throughout this campaign. I can’t tell you how much it means to me. They are fantastic people who truly love our country.

More than anything, today, I want to express my gratitude to our amazing Veterans. I will never let you down.

Together, we are going to win this state in November – and we are going to win the White House for the American people.

The White House will become the People’s House. We will tackle and fix the problems that have gone unsolved for years: failing schools, crumbling infrastructure, broken borders, bloated bureaucracy, wasteful spending, and a government that just doesn’t work.

This is a campaign about big ideas designed to help everyday people. These are the people who work hard but who don’t have a voice.

It’s also a campaign about restoring honesty and accountability to government service.

The whole world has been shocked by the continuing revelations regarding Hillary Clinton and her pay-for-play State Department.

Now it was just announced that her important calendar records will not be released to the public until after the election – more protection from a corrupt government.

STATE HIDES HILLARY SKED UNTIL AFTER ELECTION…

As I’ve said many times in recent days, it’s hard to tell where the Clinton Foundation ends, and where the State Department begins.

The Clinton Corruption scandals have been a sad time for America. The illegal server, the foreign hacking, the deleted emails, the secret schedules, the lying to Congress. It’s all just too much. How much more can voters take?

Hillary Clinton thinks she’s entitled to be President – she thinks that she’s above the law. But the truth is the opposite: her criminal conduct at home, and her failed interventions overseas, simply make her unfit to serve in the Oval Office.

I believe America is ready to turn the page on this sordid past. We don’t want another 4 years of Obama or Clinton Controversies: they’re not only dangerous but, frankly, exhausting to the people. How do you even keep up with them all?

The Clintons have had their time on the stage– but now it’s time to close that chapter in the history book and open a new one.

That is why this is such an exciting year to be a Republican, and to vote Republican.

This year, the GOP is offering the voters a chance to break-up the corrupt establishment and to create a New American Future.

This chance will never come again.

The Big Banks and Wall Street donors who want nothing to change are throwing millions and millions at my opponent. These are the same people who paid Bill and Hillary Clinton $150 million for speeches.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is all about protecting the powerful.

Our campaign is about protecting those who have no power.

Together, we are going to give working people a voice for the first time in a very, very long time.

Let’s talk about what that means.

For our Veterans, it means a guarantee that they can seek medical care at either a VA facility or at a private medical doctor.

Never again will we allow a Veteran to die waiting for the care they need. We will protect those who protect us.

At the center of our change agenda is also a plan to fix our rigged economy.

The government just revised the growth numbers for last quarter down again – it’s now only 1.1 percent. That’s not just bad, it’s catastrophic. We’re going to Make America Grow Again.

That begins with supporting our family farms right here in Iowa.

Family farms are the backbone of this country. We are going to end the EPA intrusion into your family homes and your family farms.

We are going to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard, eliminate job-killing regulations like the Waters of the U.S. rule, and provide desperately-needed tax relief.

Almost 97% of farms in this country are family-owned and family-managed. It’s not only a great American tradition, but a vital component of America’s economic and national security.

Yet, Hillary Clinton wants to shut down family farms just like she wants to shut down the mines and the steelworkers. She will do this not only through radical regulation, but also by raising taxes on family farms – and all businesses – to rates as high as nearly 50 percent. Adding to the pain, she will tax family farms again at death by as much as 45 percent.

On top of that, her anti-energy agenda will drive up the cost of energy – another attack on agriculture.

We are going to end this war on the American farmer.

That includes our plan to lower the tax rate on family farms down to 15 percent, and to stop the double-taxation of family farms at death – helping to ensure that the family farm tradition in Iowa continues to thrive and flourish.

We are going to make very powerful and great trade deals for our farmers and small businesses.

To those going through hardship, let me quote Reverend Robert Schuler: “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”

I have been so honored to have the support of the Evangelical community, and I hope we can continue to count on Evangelical support in November. We will get rid of the Johnson amendment which denies your pastors their right of free speech.

I also know how much the evangelical community is deeply committed to helping those in poverty.

My economic agenda can be summed up in three words: jobs, jobs, jobs.

I don’t even have to mention our tremendous construction workers, every single one of them is going to vote for me – do you have any idea how much I build?

I am asking for the support of all Americans who want more opportunity, higher wages, safe communities, competent leadership, and honest government.

We are going to send the special interests packing, and we are going to once again have a government of, by, and for the people.

Republicans are the Party of Lincoln.

Which brings me to a subject that is so important and personal for me. Nothing means more to me than working to make our party the home of the African-American vote once again.

There are millions of African-Americans in this country who have succeeded so greatly and who deserve a government that protects and honors their incredible contribution.

But we also have to talk about the millions of African-Americans who remain trapped in poverty and failing schools.

I’ve spoken a lot in recent days about the deplorable conditions in many of our inner cities. As a father, as a builder, as an American, it offends my sense of right and wrong to see anyone living in such conditions.

Almost 40 percent of African-American children are living in poverty – including 45 percent of children under the age of six.

In Detroit, half of its residents do not work. In Milwaukee, almost 4 in 10 African-American men between the age of 24-54 are not employed.

More than 6,000 African-Americans are the victims of murder every year.

Just yesterday, the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade was the victim of a tragic shooting in Chicago. She was the mother of 4, and was killed while pushing her infant child in a stroller.

It breaks our hearts. This shouldn’t happen in America. We send our thoughts and our prayers to the family, and we also promise to fight for a better tomorrow.

Across Chicago, more than 2,700 have been shooting victims since January of this year.

We cannot, as a society, tolerate this level of violence and suffering in our own cities. Those who would deny that this is a national crisis – a crisis requiring urgent action – have no business running for elected office.

Failed Democratic policies – the policies of Hillary Clinton – have created this high crime and crushing poverty.

In so many communities under Democratic control, we have bad schools, no jobs, high crime, and no hope. It can’t get any worse. To those suffering, I say: vote for Donald Trump and I will fix it. What do you have to lose?

Let me also tell you what you have to gain: millions of jobs, better schools and safe communities.

By the way, how quickly people have forgotten that Hillary Clinton called black youth “super-predators,” and how insulted they were.

I am running to offer a better future – to the citizens of Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, and all across this great land.

African-Americans have given so much to this country. They’ve fought and died in every war since the Revolution. They’ve lifted up the conscience of our nation in the Civil Rights movement. They’ve sacrificed so much for the national good.

Now is the time to put a new agenda into action that expands opportunity, ensures equality, and that protects the rights of each and every citizen.

This includes one of the most important rights of all: the right to live in safety. I will work with communities, with police, and with federal law enforcement, to make communities safe and secure for all of our people.

We are also going to end the discrimination that traps parents and kids in failing government schools. The Republican Party is the Party of School Choice.

There is another civil rights issue we need to talk about, and that’s the issue of immigration enforcement.

Every time an African-American citizen, or any citizen, loses their job to an illegal immigrant, the rights of that American citizen have been violated.

Equal protection under the law must include the consistent application of our immigration laws.

These laws were passed to protect American citizens and lawful residents. For instance, federal law protects the ability of American workers to seek jobs and employment. When government suspends those immigration laws in order to curry favor with special interests – costing Americans their jobs – they have been denied the protection of their laws.

In recent days, the media – as it usually does – has missed the whole point on immigration. All the media wants to talk about is the 11 million or more people here illegally.

But my priority is the well-being of 300 million American citizens, including millions of Hispanic citizens and legal residents who want a secure border, a safe and drug-free community, and a growing economy.

My goal is to provide good jobs, good schools, and safety to every Hispanic community in the country. But we can’t do that if we don’t secure our border.

On Day One, I am going to begin swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants from this country – including removing the hundreds of thousands of criminal illegal immigrants that have been released into U.S. communities under the Obama-Clinton Administration.

These international gangs and cartels will be a thing of the past. Their reign of terror will be over. In this task, we will always err on the side of protecting the American people – we will use immigration law to prevent crimes, and will not wait until some innocent American has been harmed or killed before taking action.

I am going to build a great border wall, institute nationwide e-verify, stop illegal immigrants from accessing welfare and entitlements, and develop an exit-entry tracking system to ensure those who overstay their visas are quickly removed. If we don’t enforce visa expiration dates, then we have an open border – it’s as simple as that.

I am also going to cancel all unconstitutional executive orders and empower rank-and-file ICE officers and Border Patrol officers to finally do the jobs they were hired for.

Now, what is Hillary Clinton going to do?

She has pledged amnesty in her first 100 days, combined with the elimination of virtually all routine immigration enforcement. In other words, totally open borders. Which will lead to a massive crime wave.

Most alarmingly, she has pledged to keep President Obama’s executive amnesty – which has been blocked by the Supreme Court – directly disregarding a Supreme Court injunction.

Beyond that, she has pledged to add another executive amnesty in violation of both Congressional law and the U.S. Constitution.

These actions from Hillary Clinton will trigger one of the greatest Constitutional crisis in American history. In effect, she is pledging to abolish the law-making powers of Congress and assume the powers of an imperial ruler.

This executive amnesty would bypass Congress to print millions of work permits and benefit cards to those ineligible to receive them.

Hillary Clinton’s immigration proposal will also give illegal immigrants access to Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare and all U.S. welfare. Her plan will functionally end enforcement of visa overstays rules, another open border decree. She will also close down detention centers for border-crossers, meaning we will have an open southern border as well.

This is not to mention that Hillary Clinton wants a 550% increase in Syrian refugees. She can’t even say the words: Radical Islamic Terrorism.

And she supports the Sanctuary City and catch-and-release policies that are getting innocent Americans killed. I’ve met with many of these grieving families, including the incredible family of Sarah Root, a young Iowa girl who was killed by an illegal immigrant released from the border by the Obama Administration – and then released again after the killing. I’ve been so inspired by the courage and bravery of the Root Family and I’d like to invite them on the stage right now just to say a few words.

Thank you. There is a reason why 16,500 Border Patrol agents have endorsed our campaign, and warned that Hillary Clinton’s plan is “deeply dangerous” “divisive” “radical” “reckless” “wrecking innocent lives” “panders to extremists” and would create “unprecedented crisis”

So the choice couldn’t be more clear. A vote for Trump is a vote to have a nation of laws, a vote for Clinton is a vote for open borders.

On every issue, our campaign is about making life better for working people. But we can’t accomplish that goal unless we break-up the special interest monopoly and give power back to the citizens.

Many people have said that establishment media assault on me and our campaign – we have a movement – is the greatest in the political history of our country. Even today, some major papers fail to mention how strong our poll numbers have become over the short one-week period – they just refuse to print anything positive or good.

They too are part of the rigged system trying to deny people the positive change they deserve. They take phrases and statements, chop them up, take them out of context, and discuss them for days. Always trying to demean and belittle me and our incredible movement to take our country back from the death spiral it is currently in.

Imagine if this much media attention was spent telling the truth about the real problems facing America. Imagine if the media spent this much time telling the story of Sarah Root.

All of the ugly things being said by Hillary Clinton and our opponents in recent days – funded by big banks and Wall Street donors – are nothing more than a desperate attempt by failed leaders to cling to power in order to keep rigging the system.

There is nothing they won’t say or do, no lie they won’t tell – and no amount of money they won’t spend – to try to bully voters into giving them what they want.

This November 8th, the American people are going to reject the cynicism of the past and embrace the optimism of the future.

The old attacks aren’t going to work anymore. The Clinton-Kaine fear-mongering isn’t going to resonate with anyone but the most radical factions of their far-left base.

I want to empower people. Hillary Clinton wants to scare people.

Empowering people begins with three simple words: jobs, jobs, jobs.

Our economy will soar.

Wages will rise.

We will make new friends abroad, and achieve new peace at home.

We will be a country of laws, and a country of great success.

Our cities will be safe, sound and secure.

Our government will be honest, ethical and responsive.

Rule by special interests will be over. The rule of the American people will begin.

So let’s get out and vote on November 8th, and create the future our children deserve.

Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.

We Will Make American Wealthy Again.

We Will Make America United Again.

We Will Make America Safe Again.

And We Will Make America Great Again – For Everyone.

Thank you, and God Bless you all.

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TRUMP and BREXIT – “I told them that Brexit was the victory of the little people over the Establishment. They went wild”

 

NIGEL FARAGE: Trump was MY warm-up man… but I gave him a bounce – and he’ll be new Ronald Reagan

  • Farage appeared at a rally with Donald Trump in Jackson, Mississippi
  • The event on August 24 was seen by thousands of spectators
  • Farage: ‘The atmosphere in the room was more like a rock concert’ 

Since I announced that I was going to stand aside as Ukip leader in the wake of the successful Brexit campaign, I’ve had more time to do other things.

This included a trip to Cleveland for the Republican Convention and the adoption of Donald J. Trump as their Presidential candidate.

I was astonished that everybody I met wanted to talk about Brexit – not just the delegates to the convention but ordinary people, including a group of US Navy veterans who told me we should have done it years ago.

There was a chance meeting, in a bar of course, with the delegation from Mississippi.

Since I announced that I was going to stand aside as Ukip leader in the wake of the successful Brexit campaign, I've had more time to do other things, writes Nigel Fargae

They were wildly enthusiastic Brexiteers and told me that their State Governor Phil Bryant was delighted with the result and would love me to visit.

So in what I thought would be the quiet days of August, I was happy to accept their invitation.

The plan was simple: I would speak at a dinner hosted by the Governor to speak about the Brexit campaign and to draw parallels with voters in America, who are looking for many of the same things.

It was not until I arrived and was having dinner at the magnificent Governor’s Mansion in Jackson that I was told that on the following evening there would be a rally at which up to 15,000 people would come to hear Trump.

Governor Bryant said he would like me to speak. I could scarcely believe it as I knew that no UK politician had ever spoken at a Republican election rally.

The Trump campaign has been highly controversial. Some of his comments have not looked good and left him open to accusations of extremism.

At times he has appeared quite aggressive on the platform. I was curious: what would the man be like in person?

We met at a private gathering of major Mississippi donors to his campaign. I was surprised, even slightly overwhelmed, by the warmth of his welcome and his huge support for Brexit.

This included a trip to Cleveland for the Republican Convention and the adoption of Donald J. Trump as their Presidential candidate

We talked for a few minutes and then I headed off to the Coliseum, the venue for the night’s extravaganza.

I had never addressed a public meeting in the US before and certainly never spoken to a crowd of 15,000. I was anxious.

But I was told not to worry, it would be OK. I’d be one of the early speakers, they said, and hardly anyone would listen to me as they would be waiting to hear from the main man.

So I waited in the wings – surrounded by swarms of stern- faced US Secret Service agents.

Then, minutes before the event began, I was told there was a change of plan. Donald would introduce me. I couldn’t really believe what I was hearing.

One of his aides said: ‘He’s gonna be your warm-up.’

I was astonished that everybody I met wanted to talk about Brexit – not just the delegates to the convention but ordinary people, including a group of US Navy veterans who told me we should have done it years ago

Trump took the stage to riotous applause and began to make his speech. About halfway through he moved on to the Brexit victory.

And then he called me up on stage.

I told them that Brexit was the victory of the little people over the Establishment. They went wild.

I told them that if you can motivate non-voters to engage with the electoral process that anything was possible.

I did not endorse Trump, because I had condemned President Obama for telling us what to do in our referendum.

But I did say that if I was a US citizen I would not vote for Hillary Clinton even if she paid me.

There was a chance meeting, in a bar of course, with the delegation from Mississippi

The atmosphere in the room was more like a rock concert than a political meeting.

I know from speaking in hundreds of chilly village halls to audiences of 50 people or fewer in the early years of Ukip that this was an experience that for me would probably never be repeated. And I must say I loved every second of it.

So what now do I think of Trump and his campaign? Often business people don’t make good politicians.

They are used to having their own way and fire off lots of ideas, many of which are completely forgotten by the following morning.

But in politics if you think out loud and throw ideas into the mix they simply can’t be thrown in the waste bin as they get analysed and often ridiculed by the media pack.

Trump is very new to politics and has made a lot of mistakes.

When I watched his acceptance speech in Cleveland it appeared to be disjointed. It simply didn’t flow.

But what I saw from just a few feet away in Jackson was something different. He was a better and more confident speaker.

He stuck in a disciplined manner to a script. I sensed that his new campaign team have him on the right track.

They were wildly enthusiastic Brexiteers and told me that their State Governor Phil Bryant was delighted with the result and would love me to visit

Trump has embraced Brexit and all of the principles that led to that historic vote. Most of the crowd I met after the rally had never voted in their lives.

They are the same people who made Brexit happen. They see Washington as distant and aloof,  just as many Leave voters saw rule from Brussels.

The issue of open and loose borders in an age of increasing terrorist risk may well dominate western politics for many years to come.

Trump is strong on the immigration message and he is connecting, to the horror of the Washington establishment.

Hillary represents the status quo where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. She is part of the Establishment that has led us into an endless series of wars.

The Trump campaign is now about change. Having met him and having spoken to him, I am far less worried. If he becomes US President he will be able sensibly to make the big decisions.

There was a renewed confidence among the Mississippi Republican team and a feeling the Trump campaign had turned the corner.

A very rattled, anxious-looking Hillary Clinton responded in a press conference and attacked my presence on the stage with Trump. She trotted out a series of wilful misinterpretations of things that I had said.

It was a similar kind of demonisation used by George Osborne and many of the Remain camp on me during the referendum campaign.

Along with Bob Geldof, Hillary simply cannot accept Brexit and still thinks it’s wrong to even talk about immigration.

She represents the failed past and would do better going out meeting American voters rather than attacking me.

Perhaps if I donate to the Clinton Foundation her views on me might soften.

It is worth remembering that virtually everyone thought that Ronald Reagan (pictured) was unfit to be the US President before he made a huge success of his two terms

It is worth remembering that virtually everyone thought that Ronald Reagan was unfit to be the US President before he made a huge success of his two terms

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Meet Donald Trump .. through the eyes of Norma Foerderer.

This piece is consistent with other “insider” stories about The Donald.  Before running for president, Trump did business all over the world, including in Muslim countries. Scandal, racism, bigotry, misogyny were never mentioned. The opposite in fact.

Since June 2015 (according to Democrats, GOPe and state media) .. Trump = Hitler.

Welcome to politics.

trugold

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Love him or hate him, no one has been able to figure out Donald Trump. No one, that is, except Norma Foerderer.

For 26 years, Foerderer was Mr. Trump’s top aide, becoming his vice president. During her career with him, Foerdereroversaw almost every aspect of the presidential candidate’s business, including public relations, hiring and firing, and negotiating book deals and contracts. No one knew so well both the personal and business side of Mr. Trump.

Just before she retired in 2006. Foerderer, who has since died, gave me her only in-depth interview about Donald.Foerderer said there are two Donald Trumps: the “outrageous” one that utters brash comments on television and the real one that only she and other insiders know.

“I mean Donald can be totally outrageous, but outrageous in a wonderful way that gets him coverage,” Foerderer told me for a column that appeared on Newsmax.com. “That persona sells his licensed products and his condominiums. You know Donald’s never been shy, and justifiably so, in talking about how wonderful his buildings or his golf clubs are.”

The private Mr. Trump, on the other hand, is “the dearest, most thoughtful, most loyal, most caring man,” Foerderersaid. That caring side inspires loyalty and is one of his secrets to his success.

Foerderer began with Mr. Trump in February 1981 as a secretary. She had been a junior State Department political officer in Africa and then worked for a nonprofit organization. After Donald’s then-wife Ivana interviewed her,Foerderer met with Mr. Trump one Saturday morning.

“There was Donald, in the office, perched on the reception desk … with his coat slung over his shoulder in a cape fashion and wearing a tie,” Foerderer recalled. “And so there he was, swinging his leg. I arrived on the stroke of 9. He said, ‘I’m glad to see you’re on time.’ Punctuality has always been a big thing with him. And I said, ‘Oh, my God.’ “

After interviewing Foerderer for two minutes, Donald hired her. She thought Ivana, who dubbed her husband The Donald, was more interested in his having a secretary than he was. At the time, he had only seven employees.Foerderer found that Donald had no files: He retained everything in his head, and his lawyer kept his contracts.

Donald is such a man of vision,” Foerderer said. “He allows you to do whatever you want. Soon, I was doing all the purchasing. I did all the human resources. I screened his mail, I looked for special projects, did the preliminary research on them, and then would give him the results so other staff members could investigate further. I arranged special events and press conferences, I did his PR. It was the kind of job that just grew because I was there and available.”

Foerderer found that Mr. Trump “instills in you the desire to do more and more and more, and you want to please him. And yet he rarely criticizes. I mean he would, if you did something stupid. He allows you to expand, if you come in with an idea, he’ll say, ‘Fine, run with it, and see what you do.’ This motivates and challenges you even more, and you want to please him because you admire him so much.”

 

  • Barbara Res experienced the same freedom when Mr. Trump hired her in September 1980 to be in charge of building the 68-story Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. Female executives in the construction business were almost non-existent, but Mr. Trump put his faith in her and told her he wanted her to “treat everything as if it were my project and my money and I would be his final word,” she says.

Mr. Trump taught Foerderer how to negotiate and would brag about her ability.

“Well, I learned from the master,” she said. “I got him really wonderful deals for commercials. What did I do? I would sit tight and say, ‘I want a million.’ They’d say, ‘Start lower.’ My response would be, ‘Look, you’re getting Donald Trump, and there’s only one of him. I can’t recommend a lower price for him. You’re getting a bargain.’ I’d just talk and talk and talk, and joke with them. And before you know it, bingo. I’d be just as surprised as anybody else that it happened. But I just knew that I had to persevere the way he does.”

As Trump’s right hand, the elegantly dressed Foerderer was the person celebrities like Jay Leno, Regis Philbin and Jack Nicholson had to go through to reach Donald. Foerderer may have been the gatekeeper, but Mr. Trump was his own PR person. Before agreeing to cooperate on my book “The Season: Inside Palm Beach and America’s Richest Society,”Donald chatted with me for 20 minutes on the phone to size me up. Then he was all in, taking me and my wife Pam on his Boeing 727-100 from New York to Palm Beach, where we spent the weekend with him at his Mar-a-Lago estate and club.

Mr. Trump is also his own lawyer and architect. He insists on high quality and personally oversees design, choosing, as one example, the color of rock for his golf course waterfalls.

“I’ve sat in on meetings with lawyers where he introduces ideas to them that have merit,” Foerderer said. “I’ve seen him work with architects where he does the very same thing. He’ll take that big magic marker and slash it here or there and change and create rooms. It works. Everybody stands around like dummies because they didn’t realize this could be done.”

Mr. Trump is the opposite of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who is so nasty to her Secret Service agents that being assigned to her detail is considered a form of punishment. When Mr. Trump bought Mar-a-Lago, he kept on 70-year-old gardeners who could barely pull weeds but had worked loyally for Marjorie Merriweather Post on the estate she built in 1927.

The Trump Organization has 22,450 employees, but when Donald’s Palm Beach butler Tony Senecal had heart problems, Mr. Trump visited him in the hospital and insisted that he stay at Mar-a-Lago — a paradise that spans both sides of the island — to recuperate. When Foerderer began having a problem with her eyes and had to stay at home,Mr. Trump called her every week and sent her baskets of gourmet food.

In contrast to some Palm Beach clubs that to this day do not admit blacks or Jews, Mr. Trump made it a point of admitting them, earning the ire of the town’s Old Guard. As I interviewed Mr. Trump on his plane, he imitated the constricted, nasal tones of blue bloods condemning his club because it does not discriminate.

Foerderer believed she clicked with Donald because she was completely honest with him.

“As I came to know him, I realized that Donald is a tremendous man, and I admire him enormously, but if I disagree on something, I would be the first to say to him, ‘Donald, I don’t think so,’” she said. In turn, people appreciate the multibillionaire’s candor, another key to his success, she said.

Asked what she would tell others who want to succeed, Foerderer said, “I would tell them to dream, and to have a vision and a goal. Think about what you want to do, love it, and if you love it enough, you’ll realize your dreams. That’s what Donald’s done.”

Ronald Kessler, a former Washington Post reporter, is the author of “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents” (Crown Forum, 2014).

Read – THE WASHINGTON TIMES

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CONFESSION TIME – “The Clinton Foundation has made the Clintons “beholden to scumbags.”

(NOTE: The very end of this report is mind boggling)

Clinton Global Initiative Moderator Describes Group’s Events As ‘Creepy,’ ‘Disgusting,’ ‘Gross’ [AUDIO]

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CHUCK ROSS

Reporter

A liberal journalist who has moderated forums hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative offered a brutal takedown of the organization, describing it as “creepy,” “disgusting” and “gross.”

Adam Davidson, who hosts a show for NPR and has written for New York Magazine, also said during an appearance on Slate’s “Political Gabfest” podcast this week, that the Bill and Hillary Clinton-controlled group’s events are “all about buying access.”

And later in the podcast, he said that the Clinton Foundation has made the Clintons “beholden to scumbags.”

Davidson’s harsh critique comes as Hillary Clinton faces accusations that her family charities are massive pay-for-play schemes. An AP investigation found that more than half of the private individuals Clinton met with as secretary of state were Clinton Foundation donors.

Davidson was relentless in his critique of the Clinton-controlled entities.

“And there is a real creepy vibe, to me, personally, at the Clinton Global Initiative,” Davidson said during the podcast, IJ Review notes.

LISTEN: 

https://player.megaphone.fm/SM2730492756

“It seems, to me, that it is all about buying access. It is incredibly expensive just to go to the thing, it’s $100,000-something,” said Davidson, who has hosted CGI panels for several years, including last year.

Davidson, who noted that his comments mean that he is unlikely to be invited back as a moderator, said that CGI events are clearly segregated between the haves and have-nots.

“There’s sort of these explicit ways in which you get access,” he said. “You pay more money to get more access to political leaders and to really rich people and to big corporate leaders.

“There’s this kinda creepy theatre that happens where you have the CEO of Coca-Cola or IBM or whatever or GE up there with President Clinton and they’re just bathing each other in love over how generous and wonderful they are and how much they care about the world and all these, like, earnest people applauding and thrilled.”

“It just feels like the worst version of an elite selling access to the aspirational, creating this theatre of doing good, but it’s all about something else. It really feels gross,” Davidson continued.

Davidson also laid out the differences between the Clinton Global Initiative and the Clinton Foundation. They operate under the Clinton umbrella but have separate staffs and different cultures. But he was equally as harsh about the Clinton Foundation’s work.

The Clinton Foundation, the higher profile of the two, is “just a bunch of people congratulating each other on how awesome they are,” said Davidson.

He described how Clinton Foundation officials would compel him to fill his panels with heads of state of foreign governments who were promised a slot but “literally have nothing to say.”

“Yes! It’s disgusting,” Davidson lamented.

“If you are planning…to run for president…don’t set up a foundation where you are beholden to scumbags from other countries. That’s ridiculous. And if you are secretary of state tell your husband not to do business with them.”

He also said that the Clinton Foundation’s work is “not in the top tier.”

He pointed to the Foundation’s work in Haiti in the aftermath of natural disasters there.

“Haiti is one of their singular focuses. It is a very small country. They have not had a major impact on Haiti,” he said.

“It’s more the performance of very public charity, not the actual intervention in deep and meaningful ways.”

Clinton and members of her campaign have adopted new talking points this week amid the Clinton Foundation criticism. They are now claiming that shutting down the organization would mean depriving millions of low-cost HIV/AIDS drugs.

Despite his grievances with the Clinton organizations, Davidson says he still supports Hillary Clinton for president.

“Obviously, I fully support Hillary Clinton,” he said.

“I can’t wait to vote for her,” he added.

Read THE DAILY CALLER

 

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8.26.2016 – NEWLY RELEASED EMAILS MICROWAVE THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN

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As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton compromised our national security with Her “extremely careless” (criminal) handling of highly classified material.

How classified?

NEW YORK – Judicial Watch’s release this week of 725 pages of State Department emails involving Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin demonstrates the Obama administration considers a large percentage of the emails sent through Clinton’s private server too sensitive for Congress or the American public to read.

On July 7, Charles McCullough, the inspector general of the intelligence community for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, in testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, admitted his office did not have the security clearances required to read the emails transmitted over Clinton’s private email server that Congress was demanding to see.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, generated the response by asking McCullough if he could provide the committee, in a secure format, the classified emails transmitted over Clinton’s private email server.

“I cannot provide a certain segment of them because the agency that owns the information for those emails has limited the distribution on those,” McCullough explained. “They are characterizing them as OrCon, ‘originator control,’ so I can’t give them to even Congress without getting the agency’s permission to provide them.”

“Which agency?” Chaffetz interjected.

“I can’t say that in an open hearing sir,” McCullough replied.

“So you can’t even tell me which agency won’t allow us, as members of Congress, to see something that Hillary Clinton allowed somebody without a security clearance, in a non-protected format to see. That’s correct?” Chaffetz responded, in obvious disbelief.

McCullough responded that he could not tell the committee in an open hearing even what the emails were about, let alone reveal their specific contents.

Read more at

http://www.wnd.com/2016/08/13-of-abedin-emails-100-redacted/#EzkdOWjeWGWQaGQO.99


UPDATE: 

DRUDGE has this bombshell news linked, that = 25-30 million hits over the next 24 hours.

1. State Media can’t stop people from knowing Her criminal #SecretServer news.

2. Wikileaks has More.

3. Clinton can’t hide behind Her podium for 90 minutes during the first debate.

4. Trump has been keeping his powder dry re: TV ads .. That’s about to change.

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TRUMP TO THE NATION – “All the people benefitting from our rigged system don’t want things to change. They want you to believe things can’t change”

– AUGUST 24, 2016 –

DONALD J. TRUMP CALLS FOR AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, LAYS OUT NEED FOR IMMIGRATION SECURITY

Thank you. I am so excited to be with you all tonight.

The people of Jackson and the State of Mississippi have such incredible energy and spirit.

This is the spirit we need to rebuild our country.

This is our chance to break free from the bitter failures of the past and to create A New American Future.

To everyone watching across our nation right now – to everyone who has been let down by our politicians – I am asking for your vote on November 8th.

This is your chance to remove the special interests from their throne of power and to once again have a government of, by and for the people.

No one will be left behind anymore.

I’d like to take this moment to send our thoughts and prayers to everyone at the American University in Kabul, Afghanistan.

We must defeat Radical Islamic terrorism.

Anyone who will not name our enemy is not fit to lead this country.

Eight years of Obama-Clinton policies have sacrificed our safety and undermined our freedom and independence.

Our jobs have moved overseas, Islamic terrorism has spread within our shores, and an open border has crushed low-income workers and threatened our security.

The issues we face here in America are similar to the issues faced in Britain during their referendum on membership in the European Union. This is the movement known as Brexit.

On June 23rd, the people of Britain voted to declare their independence from international government. They voted to break away from rule by large corporations and media executives who believe in a world without borders.

They voted to reclaim control over immigration, over their economy, over the government.

Working people took control of their destiny.

The people profiting from the rigged system – the multinational banks, the media celebrities, the big donors – tried to scare the British people out of voting for change.

The same thing is happening in America. All the people benefitting from our rigged system don’t want things to change. They want you to believe things can’t change.

But we all know things have to change – and they have to change right now.

I said Britain would leave the E.U, and I was supportive of their right to control their own future.

Hillary Clinton – who has been on the wrong side of history in every major decision she has ever made – got this one wrong too.

Now, Hillary wants to surrender America to globalism.

She wants a country without borders.

She wants trade deals written for the benefit of foreign corporations.

She wants a government that ignores the will of the people.

She wants to sell out American security to the Clinton Foundation for a pile of cash. It is hard to tell where the Clinton Foundation ends, and the State Department begins. According to the AP, more than half the meetings she took as Secretary of State from outside government were with Foundation Donors.

Hillary Clinton doesn’t believe in America First. She believes in Donors First.

She would rather give a job to a refugee from overseas than to an unemployed American Veteran.

The job of a public official is to serve and protect the citizens of the United States. Not illegal immigrants, not foreign nationals seeking entry, but the people living here lawfully today – including millions of African-American and Hispanic citizens.

My focus will always be on the well-being of the more than 300 million American citizens who call this country home. I will fight for their security, I will fight for their jobs, I will fight for their families.

One American Nation.

Hillary Clinton has betrayed her duty to the people.

November 8th is our chance to re-declare American Independence.

I am honored now to invite onto the stage the man behind Brexit, and the man who led the United Kingdom Independence Party in this fight: Nigel Farage. Nigel, come on up here and say a few words.

Thank you, Nigel.

It’s time for America to recapture its destiny.

Our government, our leaders, and our media have lost touch with the people.

You need no better evidence of that than the fact that the media ignores the plight of Americans who have lost their children to illegal immigrants, but spends day after day pushing for amnesty for those here in violation of the law.

Why do our leaders spend so much more time talking about how to help people here illegally, than they spend trying to help American citizens?

My priorities will never change: jobs, wages and security for Americans.

Any immigration policy I support as President must pass these three tests:

First, it must improve jobs and wages for U.S. citizens.

Second, it must improve the safety and security of U.S. citizens.

Third, it must improve the quality of life for U.S. citizens.

Hillary Clinton’s radical immigration plan fails these tests, and it fails them badly.

Her push for open borders will lower the wages and kill the jobs of lawful American residents.

Her support for catch-and-release will put innocent American lives at risk – just like President Obama released the illegal immigrant at the border who then killed Sarah Root. Yesterday, I met with her mom, Michelle.

Hillary Clinton only talks about the separation of families who chose to come here illegally. I want to talk about the American families who’ve been permanently separated from their children because of the Sanctuary Cities and open borders Hillary Clinton supports.

Where is the Sanctuary for American children? The dreamers we never talk about are young Americans.

Hillary Clinton also wants to push to bring in 620,000 refugees in her first term – a number of whom come from countries where women and gays are horribly brutalized – which will weaken our tolerant way of life.

I only want to bring people to our country who share our values and love our people.

I will also create millions and millions of jobs for our people.

We are going to cut taxes, reduce regulations, fix our trade deals, unleash American energy, and repeal and replace Obamacare.

We are going to create jobs, jobs, jobs.

Millions and millions of jobs.

Jobs like you’ve never seen before.

Rising incomes. Higher wages. Thousands of new companies all across this nation.

We are going to renegotiate NAFTA, stand up to China, and keep out of the TPP.

This state has lost more than 40% of its manufacturing jobs since Bill Clinton signed NAFTA, and it’s lost 1 in 4 manufacturing jobs since he put China into the World Trade Organization – both deals supported by Hillary Clinton.

We are going to bring jobs back to Mississippi, and North Carolina, and Ohio, and Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and Maryland and all across this land.

And I am going to make it my personal mission to bring opportunity, safety and prosperity to our inner cities.

The Democratic Party has failed and betrayed the African-American community. Democratic crime policies, education policies, and economic policies have produced only more crime, more broken homes, and more poverty.

Nearly 4 in 10 African-American children live in poverty. 58% of African-American youth are not working. More than 2,700 people have been shot in Chicago since the beginning of this year alone. Violent crime rose 17% last year in America’s 50 largest cities. Homicides are up nearly 50% in Washington D.C., and more than 60% in Baltimore.

The Democratic Party has taken the votes of African-Americans for granted. They’ve just assumed they’ll get your support and done nothing in return for it.

It’s time to give the Democrats some competition for these votes.

It’s time to rebuild the inner cities of America.

It’s time to reject the failed leadership of a rigged political system.

To those hurting and suffering and left behind, I say: what do you have to lose by trying something new?

If you keep voting for the same people, you will keep getting the same results.

But I also want to talk about what you have to gain.

We will create school choice and allow charter schools to thrive.

We will empower young Americans to pursue their dreams of opening a small business, and make it easier to get the credit you need.

We will renegotiate our trade deals to bring back jobs and opportunity.

We will lower taxes to unleash job creation, and we will tap into trillions of dollars in new energy wealth.

We will protect your jobs from illegal immigration and broken visa programs.

And we will rebuild the roads, the bridges and the infrastructure in your communities.

Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future.

She doesn’t care what her policies have done to your communities. She has no remorse.

I will fight to create a better future for each and every American.

The hedge fund managers and Wall Street donors are throwing money at Hillary Clinton to try to stop our change agenda.

That is why you need to come out and vote – that is why you must make your voice heard on November 8th.

Another crucial issue in this race is national security.

Hillary Clinton may go down as the worst Secretary of State that ever served.

Let’s look back at the Middle East at the very beginning of 2009, before the Obama-Clinton Administration took over.

Libya was stable.

Syria was under control.

Iraq was experiencing a reduction in violence. The group that would become what we now call ISIS was close to being extinguished.

Iran was being choked off by economic sanctions.

Fast-forward to today. What have the decisions of Obama-Clinton produced?

Libya is in ruins, our ambassador and three other brave Americans are dead, and ISIS has gained a new base of operations.

Syria is in the midst of a disastrous civil war. ISIS controls large portions of territory. A refugee crisis now threatens Europe and the United States.

Iraq is in chaos, and ISIS is on the loose.

ISIS has spread across the Middle East, and into the West.

At the same time, ISIS is trying to infiltrate refugee flows into Europe and the United States.

Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, is now flush with up to $150 billion in cash released by the United States – plus another $400 million in ransom. Worst of all, the nuclear deal puts Iran, the number one state sponsor of radical Islamic terrorism, on a path to nuclear weapons.

In short, the Obama-Clinton foreign policy has unleashed ISIS, destabilized the Middle East, and put the nation of Iran – which chants ‘Death to America’ – in a dominant position of regional power and, in fact, aspiring to be a dominant world power.

This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.

But Hillary Clinton’s legacy doesn’t have to be America’s legacy.

We are going to end the era of nation-building, and create a new foreign policy – joined by our partners in the Middle East – that is focused on destroying ISIS. We will extend the hand of friendship to any nation that will work with us in good faith on this vital mission.

I have a message for the terrorists trying to kill our citizens: we will find you, we will destroy you, and we will win.

This is not only a military fight, but we will also require cyberwarfare and financial warfare.

It is also an ideological fight.

We will confront directly the hateful ideology of Radical Islam – and promote American values, and American culture, and America’s system of government.

Only by standing up for and supporting our values can we become a united country once again.

A country of jobs and wealth.

A country of security and freedom.

A country of strength and unity.

The future is limitless.

All we have to do is Believe in America once again.

We will put our faith back in America’s special destiny. We will lift the burdens on small business. Create a level playing field for American workers. Create justice and opportunity and safety in every community in the land.

I am asking for the vote of every citizen in this country – African-American, Hispanic-American, all Americans – who want a better future.

I am the change candidate.

This is our moment to show the whole world that America is Back – Bigger and Better and Stronger than ever before.

I am asking for your vote so I can be your champion in the White House.

To every parent who dreams for their children, and to every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight: I’m with you, I will fight for you, and I will win for you.

Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.

We Will Make American Safe Again.

And We Will Make America Great Again.

Thank you, and God Bless.

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“The more the media attacks Trump as the second coming of Hitler, the more his supporters become determined to elect him”

 

American Thinker

Media Anti-Trump Frenzy Will Backfire

By Karin McQuillan

The Democrat will to power is only possible if conservatives are scapegoated as sub-human compared to the wonderfulness of liberals.  First they demonize fellow Americans.  Then they announce they are morally compelled to suppress us.  Trump is our answer.

The media can land a few punches, but they will not win this fight on their terms, because the media itself has become a central part of the problem.  Their attacks are not on Trump, they are on all of us.  That is why they will backfire very, very quickly. Glenn Reynolds in USA Today:

… the thoughts of a 22-year-old Trump supporter … a prosperous post-collegian in the San Francisco Bay area — someone who should be  backing Bernie, or Hillary, or maybe Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. But instead he’s backing Trump, and so is his Asian fiancée. And the reason he gives is political correctness.

“For me personally, it’s resistance against what San Francisco has been, and what I see the country becoming, in the form of ultra-PC culture. That’s where it’s almost impossible to have polite or constructive political discussion. Disagreement gets you labeled fascist, racist, bigoted, etc. It can provoke a reaction so intense that you’re suddenly an unperson to an acquaintance or friend. … If Trump wins, we will have a president that overwhelmingly rejects PC rhetoric. Even better, we will show that more than half the country rejects this insane PC regime.”

Political correctness is not, as some might claim, just an effort to encourage niceness. …it’s an effort to control people. Like the Newspeak in George Orwell’s 1984, the goal is to make it impossible for people to speak, or even think, unapproved thoughts.

It is not just Trump who has experienced the vitriol of liberals.  We all have.  We are fighting for our personal liberty, each and every one of us, and we know it.

The husband of an old friend learned that I support Trump by reading my AT column on the destructiveness of Democrat race baiting.  My column came out the week before the murder of cops began.   Instead of congratulations for speaking out for blacks, for having my AT column linked in Realclearpolitics or for receiving enough hits to fill a football stadium, I received an email attacking me as myopic, misguided, for supporting a fascist, indeed Hitlerian, candidate associated with white supremists, calling me ignorant, stupid, a braggart, paternalistic, a bigot, and astoundingly attacking me with the old anti-Semitic canard of double loyal — that is, that my support of Israel would lead me to support the dangerous Trump, although at the same time he called Trump and his supporters anti-semitic.  Trump and I – both fascist monsters.

In short, it was a typical liberal performance.  It is what Democrats do to enforce loyalty – toe the PC line or you too will lose friendships, your job, stunt your career, lose your reputation and your election.  Tarring Republicans (and Christians) as racist, evil morons is highly popular with their voters.  Dems love the moral superiority it gives them.  It is the only thing that unites all their voting blocks.  Not one Democrat journalist protests these despicable tactics and the avoidance of debate on the issues.  Democrats are content that the mainstream media, now bolstered by Yahoo and Google news, are openly a propaganda arm of the Democrat Party.

The media helped demonize the honest President Bush with the phony mantra that he lied about Iraq, they destroyed the super-compassionate and kind Romney by portraying him as a heartless plutocrat, and they are doubling down on the pragmatic and common sense Trump, pretending he is an evil madman.

Look at the media accusation, turn it 180 degrees to the opposite, and there is a fair description of the Republican candidate.

Trump’s proposals are eminently sensible and very popular.  Let’s enforce our immigration laws – racist!  Let’s defeat Isis without nation building in the Middle East – a nuclear madman! Let’s support the police, who fight crime in black neighborhoods – he hates blacks!  Let’s help American workers – dark!

Democrats have compared Republican Presidents and presidential candidates to Hitler for seventy-five years.  It started with FDR attacking Wendell Wilkie in 1940.  It is a Democrat perennial – one they passionately believe.

To most people, Nazi analogies summon up images of the Holocaust and a ruthless dictatorship. To the left however, any populist reaction against their rule is Nazism.  In their world, there is a battle between progressive and reactionary forces. Any movement that dares to run for office by challenging progressive policies is reactionary, fascist and the second coming of the Third Reich. …

Optimists thought that the Democrats had reached “Peak Hitler” under Bush. But for the left there is no Peak Hitler.…Goldwater was Hitler. Nixon was Hitler. Reagan was Hitler. Bush was Hitler. None of the latter three men declared the Fourth Reich, made themselves dictators for life and ran concentration camps.

Why is the liberal press declaring Trump, not just the standard racist-fascist-selfish-Hitler Republican, but actually a danger to America and the world?  This is actually a deep question.

Democrats are instituting a government that will force political opponents to obey their rules on what we may think and say and do.  The liberal media are enforcers who parrot the party line and punish transgressors.  Trump is the first GOP candidate who threatens their PC diktat directly and includes the press.  That is why he is dark and scary to them.

The media’s hysterical attacks on Trump worked in the last month, if you give credence to the polls.  But Trump is not a Romney to cringe before a Candy Crowley.  Media attacks make him mad, not scared.  Media name calling works?  Trump has retooled with a more media savvy campaign team and come back stronger and smarter, making direct, positive appeals to black and Hispanic voters and giving the lie to their racist libels.  (If you haven’t read or listened to his wonderful speeches, a pleasure awaits you.)

Trump’s supporters are not weaklings either.  So the more the media attacks Trump as the second coming of Hitler, the more his supporters become determined to elect him and the more independents join our side.

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The media is over-reaching.  The label of fascist bully is springing right back at them.

The very real difference between Republicans and Democrats is not Hitler versus the Allies.  Our main area of disagreement is the size of government, and it conservatives who want smaller government that controls less of our lives and is less intertwined with business.  Republicans want to live and let live, mind our own business, and let others mind theirs.  We’re for free enterprise and against crony capitalism.  We want a strong military to ensure global stability and rule of law, not military adventurism.  We love America because it is the land of the free, of self-reliance and equal opportunity. This is the opposite of fascism.

The progressive utopian endeavor — the ever-growing, intrusive government that attempts to solve all individual and social problems — has already meant a tragic loss of freedom and prosperity and justice.  We don’t think Democrat low information voters are evil; we recognize young people’s utopian impulses are well meaning.  Nonetheless the outcome of the Democrat agenda is a dystopia – not in the future, but all around us.

Americans have never tolerated thought police before, but regular Democrat voters are now entirely willing to sell their American freedoms defeat the evil enemy, their fellow Americans.   We see the success of Democrat scapegoating on college campuses, Hollywood, mainstream journalism, and indeed, in every area of life where liberals dominate – accomplished by blacklisting, threats of mob violence by ‘protesters’, and personal attacks.  The result? Freedom of thought, religion and speech are missing in Democrat domains.

The media has promoted the Democrat onslaught on America.    The liberal media is all out on the side of government power, propaganda and oppression.  They are the thought police.

What the media fails to understand is that their tactics against Trump are precisely what we conservatives are fighting against with all our heart and soul.

Read – AMERICAN THINKER

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WARNING – “The new revelations about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal make clear we have only seen the tip of the iceberg”

Full Transcript – Austin TX. Rally

– AUGUST 23, 2016 –

DONALD TRUMP REMARKS ON NEW CLINTON CORRUPTION REVELATIONS, BORDER SECURITY IN TEXAS

Thank you. I am so happy to be back in the Great State of Texas.

The people of Texas are proud, they are independent, and they are free.

There is no better place to deliver the message I have to deliver tonight than right here.

Because tonight’s message is about re-declaring our independence as a country.

On November 8th, we are going to declare our independence from special interests, corrupt politicians, and from a rigged system that benefits only the insiders.

We are going to declare our independence from media executives that don’t care about us, and politicians who don’t listen to us.

We are going to declare our independence from rising crime, soaring poverty and crushing debt.

We are going to declare our independence from failures of the past and create a New American Future.

Once again, we will have a government of, by, and for the people.

Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo.

It’s going to be America First from now on.

Let me tell you what this new future looks like.

We are going to cut taxes and create millions of new jobs.

We are going to repeal and replace Obamacare.

We are going to appoint judges who will support, defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

We are going to save and cherish the 2nd amendment.

We will ensure every Veteran in this country has the right to seek medical treatment at a VA facility, or with the private doctor of their choice.

We’re going to eliminate job-killing regulations.

We are going to unleash an American Energy Revolution.

Let’s talk about another issue that is important to our future, and the future of our children.

That’s the issue of crime. Violent crime is rising across the country. More than 2,700 have been shot in Chicago alone this year.

No American should consider this level of crime acceptable. Every American has the right to live in safety and peace.

A Trump Administration is going to restore law and order.

Let me take this opportunity to thank our wonderful police and law enforcement officers. This state has known unbelievable heartache in recent days after the murder of 5 police officers, and the wounding of another 7, in the assault on Dallas. We pray for the families, and hope for the speedy recovery of the wounded.

To all law enforcement in America: we are with you, we support you, and we will always stand with you.

Together, we will create a safe community for every citizen in the land – but especially those who have not known safety in a very, very long time.

That includes appointing an Attorney General and a Secretary of Homeland Security who are completely committed to upholding the law.

I will appoint federal officials and investigators who will work hand-in-hand with police and citizens to dismantle gangs, cartels and criminal syndicates terrorizing our people.

I will appoint prosecutors who will go into the most dangerous communities in America and work to liberate our citizens from violence and fear.

All citizens deserve to be protected. No American left behind.

I want every African-American parent in this country – and all parents in this country – to be able to raise their kids in safety.

And I want to ensure every African-American child in this country – and all children in this country – are put on the American ladder of success: a good education, and a good-paying job.

We are going to have school choice, charter schools, and merit-pay for teachers. My opponent, Hillary Clinton, discriminates against African-American students by opposing school choice because she is owned and paid for by the education bureaucracy.

No one owns me. I answer only to the American people.

In a New York Post column, Deroy Murdock, published data confirming what I’ve been saying about the devastating economic conditions in the African-American communities. Murdock confirms these facts:

“The overall labor force participation rate for black Americans has slipped from 63.2 percent to 61.2 percent — down 3.2 percent.

This metric also slumped for black teenagers, from 29.6 percent to 27.7 percent — down 6.4 percent.

The percentage of black Americans in poverty has grown under Obama, the Census Bureau reports, from 25.8 percent in 2009 to 26.2 percent in 2014 — up 1.6 percent.

The number of blacks on Food Stamps soared under Obama — from 7.4 million in 2009 to 11.7 million in 2014 — up 58.2 percent.

Also, from Obama’s arrival through last June 30, the percentage of black Americans who own homes plunged from 46.1 to 41.7 percent, the Census reports — down 9.5 percent.”

Nearly 4 in 10 African American children live in poverty. 58 percent of young African Americans are not employed.

Homicide is up nearly 50 percent in Washington D.C. and up more than 60 percent in Baltimore. Violent crime rose 17 percent in the fifty largest US cities.

This is the legacy of President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

To those suffering I say: what do you have to lose by trying something new?

Let me also tell you what you have to gain: more jobs, higher wages, and a massive reduction in the terrible crime plaguing our inner cities.

We are going to turn it all around. Success must be created for everyone, and available to everyone.

That is how we are going to create a New American Future.

But to make every American safe and prosperous, we must address one of the most vital issues of all: Border Security.

We are going to build a wall.

We are going to enforce the law.

We are going to protect your jobs and wages.

And we are going to keep our country safe.

According to the Texas government, nearly two hundred thousand illegal immigrants were booked into Texas jails between 2011 and 2016. Collectively, those arrested were responsible for more than half a million criminal offenses, including 1,055 homicides, 5,516 sexual assault charges and more than 50,000 charges of either burglary or theft.

Yet, Hillary Clinton wants a totally, completely open border.

She wants catch-and-release.

Obamacare for illegal immigrants.

Massive amnesty in her first 100 days.

She wants to gut immigration enforcement.

She supports Sanctuary Cities.

She wants to let people overstay their visas without removal.

One lawless order after another.

We must not let it happen.

Hillary Clinton also wants a 550% increase in Syrian refugees. There have been hundreds of immigrants and their children charged with terrorism inside the United States since 9/11, and a number of terrible attacks like the Boston Bombing, San Bernardino and Orlando. Yet Hillary Clinton wants to fling open the floodgates even wider.

I want to create safe zones in the Middle East. My plan suspends visas when we can’t perform effective screening, and it puts forward a new ideological screening program to keep out people from our country who don’t support our values. After all, that is what taking the oath of citizenship is all about.

This election will decide whether or not we have a border.

This election will decide whether or not we have a country.

Today I met with the moms of American children killed by illegal immigrants as a result of the policies Hillary Clinton supports. Hillary Clinton will never meet with these families, she will never hear these stories.

These are all forgotten Americans – they are not Hollywood or media stars, or big money special interest donors.

She is bought-and-paid-for by the special interests.

This corruption relates closely to another corruption scandal that strikes at the heart of our Democracy. Every day more and more alarming facts come out.

The scandal I speak of is the State Department’s Pay-For-Play Scandal under Hillary Clinton.

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If our Secretary of State can be bought, or bribed, or sell or trade government favors, then the whole American system is threatened.

It is a threat to the foundation of Democracy itself. This is what happens in a Third World country – it’s the failed conditions people flee when they come to America.

America can never elect a candidate who, like Hillary Clinton, did government favors for those giving her family and her foundation massive amounts of cash.

The new revelations about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal make clear we have only seen the tip of the iceberg.

Hillary Clinton is desperate to cover-up her crimes. That’s why she deleted 33,000 emails. That’s also why she lied repeatedly to Congress and the American public.

She said she never sent or received classified materials.

That was a lie, proved over and over again.

She claimed she used an insecure email server for the convenience of using only one device. But she used multiple devices.

Another lie.

Under penalty of perjury, she said she turned over all of her work-related emails. But the FBI found thousands she never turned over, and now just found another 15,000 more.

Another Clinton lie.

She said she sent nothing marked classified.

A total lie, unmasked to the world. And more to come.

She said her server was secure, and had no breaches. But we know now it was completely unsecure, and the FBI Director said it could easily be hacked by our foreign enemies.

More Clinton lies.

Clinton said her lawyers reviewed all of her emails before destroying them.

One more Hillary Clinton lie.

Lie after lie after lie.

Hillary Clinton is unfit to hold public office.

It is impossible to figure out where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins. It is now abundantly clear that the Clintons’ set up a business to profit from public office. They sold access and specific actions by and to them for money.

It goes back to the Arkansas days, and it continued during the White House days with the sale of the Lincoln Bedroom to large donors.

But once Bill was out of office the small time Clinton business – or, more accurately, their crime enterprise – grew with the roles reversed. Bill, now an ex-President collected the money for the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton had the public offices to sell; Senator, Secretary of State and for all that time a potential President. They turned this into an exponentially larger business.

But it was more than a business, it was a continuing big time criminal enterprise. It involved numerous violations of the conflict of interest and bribery laws and other serious laws of the United States.

The e-mails and phone logs show that the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Department of State were one and the same. If you donated to the Clinton Foundation or paid massive speaking fees to Bill Clinton, you got an entry to the Department of State. Together they constituted the most scandalous and certainly most profitable sale of public office since the Teapot Dome Scandal of the 1920s.

Today a phone log was released for Cheryl Mills. She was Secretary of State Clinton’s Chief of Staff. You would expect the log to contain only calls concerning Department of State business. But Cheryl Mills received 148 messages between 2010 and 2012 from the Chief Operating Officer of the Clinton Foundation – no other individual or group appears to have left that many messages.

We also just learned today that more than half the people who met with Hillary Clinton from outside government while she was Secretary of State were donors to the Foundation.

This creates the nexus which is at the core of a RICO case. In other words, they merged the two into the Clinton Family racketeering enterprise.

The specific crimes committed to carry out that enterprise are too numerous to cover in this speech. I walked through two of them yesterday – the sale of U.S. Uranium to Russia, and the exemption of a telecom giant from sanctions after they paid Bill Clinton for a speech.

The UBS saga is another one. Shortly after Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State she went to Geneva and intervened in a dispute concerning secret identities of Americans.

She negotiated a very good deal for UBS and a very bad deal for law enforcement. Of the 52,000 accounts the U.S. was seeking, the government settled for only 4,450 accounts. Her intervention was described by Treasury as unusual.

Before her unusual intervention UBS had donated only $60,000 to the Foundation. After the Clinton favor for UBS, it opened its wallet for big bucks and out came a $600,000 contribution, a $32 million loan and a $1.5 million speaking fee for Bill Clinton.

This is corruption, pure and simple.

This is why I have called for a special prosecutor.

Justice is supposed to be blind. It’s never supposed to be for sale.

In the long-run, there is only one way to end the corruption in our country: elect Donald J. Trump.

Hillary Clinton thinks she is above the law. Come November, the American people will show her that she is not.

You will be voting for justice, fairness and equality.

You will also be voting for a more inclusive country, where no one is left out.

Another 2 million Latinos have joined the ranks of those in poverty. Incomes for Latino households have declined by nearly $1,000 under President Obama. The number of Latino children living in poverty increased by 15 percent.

Our pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-family agenda is going to bring hope back to every community in our nation. I will dedicate myself to restore the ladder of success to all those who live in poverty.

We reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton, who sees communities of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future.

The era of division is coming to end. We will create a new future of American unity.

Are you ready for real American change?

It is time to emphasize what we all have in common as Americans.

We will promote our common culture, values and principles.

We will be one nation.

We will be one people.

We will share together one great future.

It’s going to be America First.

Together, We Will Make America Proud Again.

We Will Make America Prosperous Again.

We Will Make America Safe Again.

Friends, citizens and fellow Americans: We Will Make America Great Again.

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/


Bob Mauss

I was there! It was fabulous. I would guess there were 10,000 to 12,000 in attendance. Never done something like this in my 65 years. By the way, half of the audience were women.
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New revelations show a nation for sale under Hillary Clinton

By David Harsanyi

The Democratic Party often warns us that mixing big money and politics will corrupt democracy. They must have nominated Hillary Clinton to prove it.

The Clinton Foundation was ostensibly set up to solve the world’s most pressing problems. Though it’s done some fine work, its most fruitful program has been leveraging Clinton’s position in the State Department to enrich her family, friends and cronies.

It’s against federal law for charities to act in the interests of private business or individuals. Yet the Clinton Foundation secured high-paying gigs for its namesakes and helped for-profit corporations with family ties set up lucrative deals.

As it turns out, that’s probably the least corrupt part of the story.

It is becoming clear the foundation was a center of influence peddling. Rock stars. Soccer players. Conglomerates. Crown princes. All of them paid in. All of them expected access to the US government.

Want a seat on a government intelligence-advisory board even though you have no relevant experience? The Clinton Foundation may be able to help.

Recently released e-mails prove the charity’s officials had sought access to State Department personnel while Hillary was in charge. Folks like the prince of Bahrain, who donated $32 million to the foundation, needed to get in touch.

An Associated Press investigation finds that more than half the private citizens who met or spoke with Clinton while she was secretary of state also happened to donate to her foundation. What are the odds?

Recently, the foundation announced it would ban donations from corporations and foreign countries if Hillary is elected president. The question is: If it’s a conflict of interest when Hillary will be president, why wasn’t it a problem when she was secretary of state?

It’s implausible that a majority of the 154 citizens — people who’d kicked in at least $156 million to her charity — would also happen to catch Clinton’s ear as she toiled away at State. It’s also worth remembering this list doesn’t even include officials from the 16 governments — many of them autocrats — who threw the foundation another $170 million.

Let’s also not forget that during Clinton’s tenure at State she failed to disclose that regimes across the world were giving her charity hundreds of millions. Because she needed to hid this, she ended up sending 110 e-mails containing classified information — eight of which had “top secret” information, according to the FBI.

These days, Hillary brazenly goes on Jimmy Kimmel to clown around about her “boring” e-mails.

Well, if they’re so irrelevant, why was she hiding them from the Justice Department?

If it’s no big deal, why did it take four years and a lawsuit against the State Department to gain access to her planning schedules?

Why did she lie to the American people? Erase tens of thousands of e-mails? Set up a private server in the first place?

Hillary claims running the State Department gave her the experience and temperament necessary to be president. But if anything, it reminds us of the Clintons’ propensity for scandal and dishonesty. And if Clinton wins this year, she’ll become the most ethically compromised president in contemporary times. Perhaps ever.

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“Serial dishonesty, self-serving, and influence-peddling: These are the Clintons, after all.”

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Mrs. Clinton and Her Fixer

Huma Abedin must be a remarkable woman: She has held down four of the worst jobs in politics, several of them simultaneously: right hand to Hillary Rodham Clinton, fixer and patron-patronizer for the Clinton Foundation, an editor of a journal spawned by a major al-Qaeda financier, and wife to Anthony Weiner.

Mrs. Carlos Danger has some explaining to do.

So does Mrs. Clinton. More, in fact.

Mrs. Clinton plainly has lied about her e-mails, repeatedly, and then lied about lying about them.

The new e-mails released in response to ongoing litigation from Judicial Watch include 20 previously unseen exchanges between Mrs. Clinton and her chief aide, Ms. Abedin, which now brings the total number of official, work-related e-mails Mrs. Clinton failed to turn over to investigators to just shy of 200 — so much for those claims that these were private communications about yoga classes and Chelsea’s wedding plans.

It is clear why Mrs. Clinton did not want to release these e-mails: They detail precisely the Clinton Foundation corruption that critics have long alleged.

Specifically, the e-mails detail Huma Abedin’s role – while she was on the State Department’s payroll — acting as a fixer for the Clinton Foundation, making sure that influential friends overseas, especially donors, had access to the U.S. secretary of state in order to keep their egos inflated and their wallets deflated.

Abedin already admitted during legal proceedings that one of her assignments while working at State was seeing to “Clinton family matters,” which is inappropriate on its face. But what those matters consisted of is a fairly obvious case of rewarding Clinton Foundation donors with access to the nation’s No. 1 diplomat.

Who were those donors? Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain wanted a sit-down with Secretary Clinton but was rebuffed; Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band intervened through Abedin to try to find a work-around for the crown prince, who gave donations to the Clinton Global Initiative totaling $32 million through 2010. Donations to the Clinton Foundation came in from the kingdom itself and from the state oil company.

Band also intervened to secure a visa for a foreign athlete held up because of his criminal record, doing so at the behest of donor Casey Wasserman, a Hollywood sports-entertainment mogul, whose foundation has contributed between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation (here Abedin demurred).

Others who got the royal treatment via Band and Abedin: Slimfast boss S. Daniel Abraham (another $5-million-to-$10-million donor), Clinton Foundation benefactor and Clinton campaign donor Kevin O’Keefe, Democratic fundraiser Maureen White ($75,000), telecom entrepreneur and Democratic fundraiser Jill Iscol ($500,000 to $1 million, also co-chair of Clinton’s finance committee during her Senate race), and other Democratic players and corporate benefactors.

It is important to keep in mind what the Clinton Foundation mainly does: It does precious little in the way of actual philanthropy ($9 million worth out of $140 million in revenue for 2013) but instead spends almost all of its money on salaries and travel expenses for various Clintons (including Chelsea Clinton, now its vice chairman), Democratic allies, toadies, flunkies, hangers-on, and assorted minions.

It is a full-employment sinecure program for friends and family of the Clinton political operation, and very little more.

There is a case to be made — and it should be made — that Clinton obstructed justice and made false statements to investigators regarding her private server and e-mails. The FBI dropped the ball on that, but that ball can be picked up again.

Yes, it is awkward to conduct a criminal investigation during a presidential campaign. It is more awkward to conduct one involving a sitting president.

Either option is more desirable than declaring elected officials above the law — and Mrs. Clinton repeatedly and willfully violated laws intended to ensure honesty, transparency, and accountability in the State Department.

Huma Abedin may have been the conductor of influence, but the wrongdoing here is all Mrs. Clinton’s. Serial dishonesty, self-serving, and influence-peddling: These are the Clintons, after all. No one can say he is surprised.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/439258/hillary-clinton-huma-abedin-troubling-questions-influence-peddling-corruption

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“Trump’s political obituary over the last 14 months has been rewritten about every three weeks”

 

The Nine Lives of Donald J. Trump

by VICTOR DAVIS HANSON

August 23, 2016 4:00 AM @VDHANSON

(Excerpt)

Whatever his faults, a Trump victory is preferable for the Republic.

Seasoned Republican political handlers serially attack Donald Trump and his campaign as amateurish, incompetent, and incoherent. The media somehow outdid their propaganda work for Barack Obama and have signed on as unapologetic auxiliaries to the Hillary Clinton campaign — and openly brag that, in Trump’s case, the duty of a journalist is to be biased.

Conservative columnists and analysts are so turned off by Trump that they resort to sophisticated metaphors to express their distaste — like “abortion,” “ape,” “bastard,” “bitch,” “cancer,” “caudillo,” “dog crap,” “filth,” “idiot,” “ignoramus,” and “moron.”

Some of them variously talk of putting a bullet through his head given that he resembles, or is worse than, Caesar, Hitler, Mussolini, or Stalin.

Derangement Syndrome is a more apt clinical diagnosis for the Right’s hatred of Trump than it was for the Left’s loathing of Bush. Had such venom been directed at leftists or minorities, the commentators likely would have lost their venues.

Trump’s political obituary over the last 14 months has been rewritten about every three weeks. During the primaries, each time he won a state we were told that that victory was his last. Now, in the general-election campaign, his crude ego is supposedly driving the Republican ticket into oblivion.

But not so fast! Mysteriously, each time he hits rock bottom, Trump — even before his recent “pivot” — begins a two-week chrysalis cycle of inching back in the polls to within 2 or 3 points of Clinton.

Apparently Trump represents something well beyond Trump per se. He appears to be a vessel of, rather than a catalyst for, popular furor at “elites” — not so much the rich, but the media/political/academic/celebrity global establishment that derides the ethos of the middle class as backward and regressive, mostly as a means for enjoying their own apartheid status and sense of exalted moral self, without guilt over their generational influence and privilege.

Given the surprise of Brexit and Trump’s unexpected dominance of the primaries, pollsters seem to fear that his populist support is underreported by 2 or 3 percentage points. Some voters who do not openly profess that they plan to vote for Trump might do just that in the privacy of the polling booth — even as they might later deny that fact to others.

His latest pivot may be too late, but it certainly hit the right notes by presenting his populist themes — unwise trade deals, defense cuts, inner-city violence, attacks against police, illegal immigration, the war on coal, big-government regulations, and boutique environmentalism — as symptomatic of elite neglect not just of the white working class but of minorities as well, upon whom liberal policy falls most heavily.

By curbing his personal invective and focusing on Obama’s incompetence and Clinton’s corruption, Trump may succeed in allowing 4 or 5 percent of the missing Republicans and independents to return and vote for him without incurring social disdain.

The news cycle certainly favors any outsider — certainly including Trump. About every three weeks, terrorists butcher innocents in one or another Western country, usually screaming “Allahu Akbar” during their victims’ death throes. These terrorists have often been watched but otherwise left alone by intelligence agencies.

Liberal pieties follow, along with warnings to the public about their prejudices, rather than admonitions to radical Islamists to stop their killing.

The ensuing public backlash does not mesh with the Obama–Clinton narrative that the killings were mere workplace violence, a generic form of “violent extremism,” or had “nothing to do with Islam.”

Meanwhile the daily carnage in Obama’s hometown of Chicago continues, out of sight and out of mind to the Democratic party.

Hillary Clinton has lied about her e-mails, her personal server, and the supposed firewall between her and the Clinton Foundation. She has lied about almost every detail of her tenure as secretary of state, from the killings in Benghazi to her knowledge of sending and receiving classified material.

We are back to the cattle-future lying of 1979, when  Hillary was said to have had a 31-trillion-to-one chance of telling the truth about her hundred-fold profit.

The problem with chronic lying is that finally the liar reaches a combustible state, one in which she cannot lie any more without contradicting a particular prior lie and yet cannot tell the truth without contradicting all prior lies.

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To keep them straight, one needs an amoral photographic memory. Hillary Clinton has the requisite shamelessness, but (unlike Bill) not the animal cunning to pull off such serial prevarication.

In her latest fabrication that has begrudgingly come to light, Hillary had blamed Colin Powell (who never set up a private server as secretary of state) as the supposed felonious model that prompted her to break the law.

Barack Obama is not necessarily a plus for Clinton. The president does well in the polls while he is off golfing with celebrities and sports stars, and is thus not heard or seen much in the world outside Martha’s Vineyard — the world in which coffins float about in flood-ravaged Louisiana, the Putin military build-up near Ukraine continues, or the Obamacare disaster grows.

But whenever Obama reemerges to campaign for Hillary, he inevitably winds up in his characteristic condescending rambles and rants — the most recent his ridiculous lying about the Iranian ransom/“leverage” payment.

Clinton will win the election if she (and Trump’s own alter ego) can continue to convince the public that Trump is dangerous, repulsive, and unfit to a degree not seen before in politics — and thus every new day is devoted to Trump’s mouth and not Hillary’s high crimes and misdemeanors.

But if Trump can pivot to focus on policy, about which he sometimes proves to be a skilled speaker and clever antagonist, then media attention will shift from Trump to the issues and the daily news. And all that fare is innately damaging to Hillary.

Trump has two enemies: money and Trump himself. In his peculiar way, Trump is able to work the teleprompter as effectively as Obama, and when disciplined is far better in unscripted repartee. All that explains why Trump has not yet quite killed Trump off, and why in any given ten-day recovery period he has the potential to creep within 2 or 3 points of Hillary, which this year may mean a dead-even race.

There is a herd-like mentality in Washington and New York, where the gospel is not professed politics, but unspoken allegiance to a perceived winner. Momentum is the deity. If Trump were to creep out ahead, one should not be surprised about the resulting silence in the Never Trump camp, or about those who would suddenly “be willing” to join a Team Trump. Epithets like “ape” and “Hitler” would mysteriously disappear.

For those worried about a satanic President Trump, they should at least concede that Republican elites sign letters of dissent against their own nominee, whom the media seek to destroy at every turn; in contrast, there will be no Democratic establishment cries of outrage over Hillary Clinton’s past and future crimes and sins — and the media will abet, not censure, her excesses.

What is forgotten in the Trump pessimism is that even with less than three months until Election Day, the Republican nominee — after the worst imaginable self-inflicted wounds, and with a complete absence of serious fundraising, an ad campaign, or a ground game — still is within striking distance of winning the election. If he were to do so, for the first time in a generation, the Republican party would likely control both houses of Congress, the presidency, and the future of the Supreme Court — with a public on record in support of radical change and without need to pacify its old establishment.

Certainly, an attorney general like Rudy Giuliani would be preferable to Loretta Lynch, just as a John Bolton at State would not run the department in the fashion that Clinton herself did during Obama’s first term.

Such is the unrelenting popular furor at political correctness, the political and media aristocracy, the Obama record, and the immorality of Hillary Clinton that a candidate with no political experience, little campaign cash, and serious character problems may overturn a century of conventional wisdom. The choice of winning or losing the election is now mostly Trump’s own. —

Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author, most recently, of The Savior Generals.

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“By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton, the mainstream media’s reputations will likely never recover”

 

MICHAEL GOODWIN

American journalism is collapsing before our eyes

The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House. They are working hand-in-hand with what was considered the cream of the nation’s news organizations.

The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.

The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.

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Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang, suffers the daily beating that Trump does. The mad mullahs of Iran, who call America the Great Satan and vow to wipe Israel off the map, are treated gently by comparison.

By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton, the mainstream media’s reputations will likely never recover, nor will the standards. No future producer, editor, reporter or anchor can be expected to meet a test of fairness when that standard has been trashed in such willful and blatant fashion.

Liberal bias in journalism is often baked into the cake. The traditional ethos of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable leads to demands that government solve every problem. Favoring big government, then, becomes routine among most journalists, especially young ones.

I know because I was one of them. I started at the Times while the Vietnam War and civil-rights movement raged, and was full of certainty about right and wrong.

My editors were, too, though in a different way. Our boss of bosses, the legendary Abe Rosenthal, knew his reporters leaned left, so he leaned right to “keep the paper straight.”

That meant the Times, except for the opinion pages, was scrubbed free of reporters’ political views, an edict that was enforced by giving the opinion and news operations separate editors. The church-and-state structure was one reason the Times was considered the flagship of journalism.

Those days are gone. The Times now is so out of the closet as a Clinton shill that it is giving itself permission to violate any semblance of evenhandedness in its news pages as well as its opinion pages.

A recent article by its media reporter, Jim Rutenberg, whom I know and like, began this way: “If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?”

Whoa, Nellie. The clear assumption is that many reporters see Trump that way, and it is note­worthy that no similar question is raised about Clinton, whose scandals are deserving only of “scrutiny.” Rutenberg approvingly cites a leftist journalist who calls one candidate “normal” and the other ­“abnormal.”

Clinton is hardly “normal” to the 68 percent of Americans who find her dishonest and untrustworthy, though apparently not a single one of those people writes for the Times. Statistically, that makes the Times “abnormal.”

Also, you don’t need to be a ­detective to hear echoes in that first paragraph of Clinton speeches and ads, including those featured prominently on the Times’ Web site. In effect, the paper has seamlessly ­adopted Clinton’s view as its own, then tries to justify its coverage.

It’s an impossible task, and Rutenberg fails because he must. Any reporter who agrees with Clinton about Trump has no business covering either candidate.

It’s pure bias, which the Times fancies itself an expert in detecting in others, but is blissfully tolerant of its own. And with the top political editor quoted in the story as ­approving the one-sided coverage as necessary and deserving, the prejudice is now official policy.

It’s a historic mistake and a complete break with the paper’s own traditions. Instead of dropping its standards, the Times should bend over backwards to enforce them, even while acknowledging that Trump is a rare breed. That’s the whole point of standards — they are designed to guide decisions not just in easy cases, but in all cases, to preserve trust.

The Times, of course, is not alone in becoming unhinged over Trump, but that’s also the point. It used to be unique because of its adherence to fairness.

Now its only standard is a double standard, one that it proudly ­confesses. Shame would be more appropriate.

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“Ten years ago, the assertion that our national government is hopelessly corrupt would have been implausible. Today, it resonates.”

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TRUMP 2.0?

Over the last week, Donald Trump has delivered a series of remarkable speeches that have, in my view, reinvigorated his candidacy. The most recent was yesterday, in Charlotte. The speech has gotten a lot of attention, much of it directed to Trump’s sort-of-apology for some of the rude things he said during the primary season. No doubt Trump is trying to unify the party and mend fences, but in context, his words of regret that have been widely quoted are hardly abject. Rather, Trump postures himself primarily as a truth-teller:

“I’ve never wanted to use the language of the insiders, and I’ve never been politically correct – it takes far too much time, and can often make more difficult [sic].

Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that, and I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.

But one thing I can promise you is this: I will always tell you the truth.

I speak the truth for all of you, and for everyone in this country who doesn’t have a voice.

I speak the truth on behalf of the factory worker who lost his or her job.

I speak the truth on behalf of the Veteran who has been denied the medical care they need – and so many are not making it. They are dying.

I speak the truth on behalf of the family living near the border that deserves to be safe in their own country but is instead living with no security at all.
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So while sometimes I can be too honest, Hillary Clinton is the exact opposite: she never tells the truth. One lie after another, and getting worse each passing day.”

That is not what I would call an apology, nor is it directed to anyone in particular (e.g., John McCain).

What is notable about Trump’s speech, in my opinion, is not that much-hyped expression of regret. Rather, it is the inclusive tone that he adopted and seamlessly incorporated into the powerful themes he has articulated in his recent set-piece speeches. Repeatedly, Trump appealed for African-American votes:

“We cannot make America Great Again if we leave any community behind.

Nearly four in ten African-American children are living in poverty. I will not rest until children of every color in this country are fully included in the American Dream.

Jobs, safety, opportunity. Fair and equal representation. This is what I promise to African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and all Americans.
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On education, we are going to give students choice, and allow charter schools to thrive. We are going to end tenure policies that reward bad teachers and hurt good ones. My opponent wants to deny students choice and opportunity, all to get a little bit more money from the education bureaucracy. She doesn’t care how many young dreams are dashed in the process.

We are going to work closely with African-American parents and students in the inner cities – and what a big difference that will make. This means a lot to me, and it is going to be a top priority in a Trump Administration.
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Finally, we are going to bring this country together. We are going to do it by emphasizing what we all have in common as Americans. We are going to reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton, which sees communities of color only as votes and not as human beings worthy of a better future.

If African-American voters give Donald Trump a chance by giving me their vote, the result for them will be amazing. Look at how badly things are going under decades of Democratic leadership – look at the schools, look at the 58% of young African-Americans not working. It is time for change.

What do you have to lose by trying something new? – I will fix it. This means so much to me, and I will work as hard as I can to bring new opportunity to places in our country which have not known opportunity in a very long time.

Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party have taken African-American votes totally for granted. Because the votes have been automatically there, there has been no reason for Democrats to produce.

It is time to break with the failures of the past, and to fight for every last American child in this country to have the better future they deserve.

In my Administration, every American will be treated equally, protected equally, and honored equally. We will reject bigotry and hatred and oppression in all of its forms, and seek a new future built on our common culture and values as one American people.”

To the extent that African-American voters hear those appeals, I think they are powerful. Note how Trump weaves his appeal to black voters, gays, etc. into his discussion of immigration:

“On immigration, we will temporarily suspend immigration from any place where adequate screening cannot be performed. All applicants for immigration will be vetted for ties to radical ideology, and we will screen out anyone who doesn’t share our values and love our people. Anyone who believes Sharia law supplants American law will not be given an immigrant visa. If you want to join our society, then you must embrace our society, our values and our tolerant way of life. Those who believe in oppressing women, gays, Hispanics, African-Americans and people of different faiths are not welcome to join our country.”

Liberal commentators have bashed Trump so obsessively with regard to his views on immigration that they seem to have lost sight of the fact that he is on the winning side of the issue. How does Hillary respond to this?

“Another major issue in this campaign has been the border. Our open border has allowed drugs and crime and gangs to pour into our communities. So much needless suffering, so much preventable death. I’ve spent time with the families of wonderful Americans whose loved ones were killed by the open borders and Sanctuary Cities that Hillary Clinton supports.

I’ve embraced the crying parents who’ve lost their children to violence spilling across our border. Parents like Laura Wilkerson and Michelle Root and Sabine Durden and Jamiel Shaw whose children were killed by illegal immigrants.

My opponent supports Sanctuary Cities.

But where was the sanctuary for Kate Steinle? Where was the sanctuary for the children of Laura, Michelle, Sabine and Jamiel?

Where was the sanctuary for every other parent who has suffered so horribly?

These moms and dads don’t get a lot of consideration from our politicians. They certainly don’t get apologies. They’ll never even get the time of day from Hillary Clinton.

But they will always come first to me.”

How does Hillary counter that? She can’t. She just hopes Trump’s message is muffled by the press.

Finally, Trump postures himself as the outsider who can clean up a corrupt government. Ten years ago, the assertion that our national government is hopelessly corrupt would have been implausible. Today, it resonates with a majority of voters. So this is an effective theme:

“I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens.

That’s why I am running: to end the decades of bitter failure and to offer the American people a new future of honesty, justice and opportunity. A future where America, and its people, always – and I mean always – come first.

Aren’t you tired of a system that gets rich at your expense?

Aren’t you tired of the same old lies and the same old broken promises? And Hillary Clinton has proven to be one of the greatest liars of all time.

Aren’t you tired of arrogant leaders who look down on you, instead of serving and protecting you?
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I have no special interest. I am spending millions of dollars on my own campaign – nobody else is.

My only interest is the American people.”

Don’t underestimate the appeal of the candidate who is rich and therefore won’t use public office to get wealthy, like the Clintons, and doesn’t need to follow the lead of donors and lobbyists. I have seen focus group data suggesting that in today’s climate, this theme–I am rich, and therefore I can’t be bought–is one of the most popular among voters.

Finally, Trump attacked the liberal media, as he has consistently throughout his campaign. This, too, is very popular:

“The establishment media doesn’t cover what really matters in this country, or what’s really going on in people’s lives. They will take words of mine out of context and spend a week obsessing over every single syllable, and then pretend to discover some hidden meaning in what I said.

Just imagine for a second if the media spent this energy holding the politicians accountable who got innocent Americans like Kate Steinle killed – she was gunned down by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times.

Just imagine if the media spent this much time investigating the poverty and joblessness in our inner cities.

Just think about how much different things would be if the media in this country sent their cameras to our border, or to our closing factories, or to our failing schools. Or if the media focused on what dark secrets must be hidden in the 33,000 emails Hillary Clinton deleted.

Instead, every story is told from the perspective of the insiders. It’s the narrative of the people who rigged the system, never the voice of the people it’s been rigged against.”

In my opinion, Donald Trump is becoming a formidable candidate. On the key issues that he talks about the most, he takes positions that are, I think, both right and popular, with one exception–trade. He has given a series of excellent speeches, more or less as they were written, thereby demonstrating a discipline that was sorely lacking earlier in the campaign. No one should underestimate his populist appeal, including his appeal to minority voters.

Hillary Clinton, who at the moment is resting up from the rigors of the campaign while Trump tours Louisiana–she is an elderly lady, after all–can only hope that her allies in the press block voters from hearing what Trump is saying.

 

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“Trump’s going to win .. the country’s not going to reward big banks and big unions and big bureaucracies and big donors and big corruption by voting for a big liar.”

 

Gingrich: Trump’s ‘going to win’ after ‘regret’ speech

  • Newt Gingrich is predicting Donald Trump will win this fall’s election after a speech in which the GOP presidential nominee expressed regret for his harsh comments.
  • “I’m going to go out on a limb and you can keep this tape and remind me after the election, OK? Donald Trump’s going to win,” Gingrich said late Thursday on Fox News’s “Hannity.”
  • “Donald Trump’s going to win because in the end, the country’s not going to reward big banks and big unions and big bureaucracies and big donors and big corruption by voting for a big liar.”
  • “In the end, the country’s going to say, you know, whatever Trump’s weaknesses may be, he’s a sincere guy trying very hard to get this country back on the right track.”
  • Gingrich said fellow Republicans will end up regretting it if they don’t get behind Trump now.
  • “If a bunch of Republicans are too stiff-necked, too proud or, in some cases, too committed to the old order, after the election I think they’re going to be very sobered by their position because the fact is he’s going to win,” he said.
  • Gingrich dismissed the businessman’s poor poll numbers, saying they do not accurately show how voters feel.
  • “The pollsters who have telephoners are going to consistently get a lower vote for Trump because the media has attacked him so savagely and so dishonestly that a substantial number of people will not say they’re for Trump,” he said.
  • “But when you do a computerized poll where people are comfortable, his vote goes up very dramatically. This is August. After August, I think we’ll be in good shape.”
  • Trump on Thursday said he regrets the bruising language he has used against foes on the campaign trail.
  • “Sometimes, the heat of the debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing,” he said during a rally in Charlotte, N.C.
  • “I have done that, and I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.”

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TRUMP TO THE NATION – “We must break free from the bitter failures of the past – and reject the same insiders telling us the same old lies.”

 

Full Transcript – AUGUST 19, 2016 –

NEW AMERICAN FUTURE: DONALD J. TRUMP INVITES AFRICAN-AMERICANS TO JOIN CHANGE MOVEMENT

What a crowd. Thank you. I love Michigan – and come November, with your help, we are going to win Michigan, and we are going to win the White House.

It’s going to be a victory for the people. A victory for the wage-earner, the factory worker, a victory for the everyday citizen – and for all the people whose voice hasn’t been heard.

It will be a win for the voters – not the pundits, not the journalists, not the lobbyists, not the global special interests funding my opponent’s campaign.

This is going to be YOUR victory.

These are hard times for many in this country. I just got back from a tour of the suffering and devastation in Louisiana. We mourn for the lives lost, and we pledge our help, comfort and support to every last person in need. To the people of Louisiana: We are with you, and we will always be with you.

In my visit, I saw not only the suffering of our people, but also their strength, courage and unbeatable spirit. Their spirit will overcome.

It’s that amazing spirit that we will need to rebuild this country. It’s that strength we are going to need to create the New American Future our children deserve.

In this new future, millions of workers on the sidelines will be returned to the workforce.

Crumbling roads, bridges and airports will be replaced with the infrastructure our country needs and deserves.

Families trapped in welfare will be provided with jobs and opportunity.

Children stuck in failing government schools will be able to attend the school of their families’ choice.

Government will become lean, effective, responsible – and honest.

Our border will be protected, and our children will be safe.

Law and order will be restored, and the poorest places in our country will know safety and peace.

American values and culture will be cherished and celebrated once again.

But to achieve this New American Future, we must break free from the bitter failures of the past – and reject the same insiders telling us the same old lies.

No group in America has been more harmed by Hillary Clinton’s policies than African-Americans. If Hillary Clinton’s goal was to inflict pain on the African-American community, she couldn’t have done a better job.

Tonight, I am asking for the vote of every African-American citizen in this country who wants a better future.

The inner cities of our country have been run by the Democratic Party for 50 years. Their policies have produced only poverty, joblessness, failing schools, and broken homes.

It is time to hold Democratic Politicians accountable for what they have done to these communities. It is time to hold failed leaders accountable for their results, not just their empty words.

Look at what the Democratic Party has done to the city of Detroit.

Forty percent of Detroit’s residents live in poverty. Half of all Detroit residents do not work.

Detroit tops the list of Most Dangerous Cities in terms of violent crime.

This is the legacy of the Democrat politicians who have run this city. This is the result of the policy agenda embraced by Hillary Clinton.

The only way to change results is to change leadership. We can never fix our problems by relying on the same politicians who created our problems in the first place.

A new future requires new leadership.

Look at how much African-American communities have suffered under Democratic Control. To those hurting, I say: what do you have to lose by trying something new?

One thing we know for sure is that if you keep voting for the same people you will keep getting the same result.

My Administration will go to work for you as no one ever has.

By contrast, the one thing every item in Hillary Clinton’s agenda has in common is that it takes jobs and opportunities from African-American workers. Her support for open borders. Her fierce opposition to school choice. Her plan to massively raise taxes on small businesses. Her opposition to American energy. And her record of giving our jobs away to other countries.

America must reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton who sees communities of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future.

Hillary Clinton would rather provide a job to a refugee from overseas than to give that job to unemployed African-American youth in cities like Detroit who have become refugees in their own country.

It is time to get our country back to work, and that includes an all-out effort to help young African-Americans get the good-paying jobs they deserve.

Hillary Clinton’s plan would bring in an estimated 620,000 refugees in her first term – at a lifetime benefit cost of some $400 billion dollars, according to the U.S. Senate Immigration Subcommittee. She wants to be America’s Angela Merkel. By the way, for the price of supporting 1 refugee in the United States, we could support 12 in a safe zone in the Middle East.

The improved refugee screening standards I have proposed will save countless billions of dollars. We will invest a portion of the money saved in a jobs program for inner city youth.

The African-American community has given so much to this country. They’ve fought and died in every war since the Revolution. They’ve lifted up the conscience of our nation in the long march for Civil Rights. They’ve sacrificed so much for the national good. Yet, nearly 4 in 10 African-American children still live in poverty, and 58% of young African-Americans are not working.

We must do better as a country. I refuse to believe that the future must be like the past.

In a Trump Administration, all workers – of all colors – will get priority for jobs in their own country. I want higher wages for African-Americans, for Hispanic-Americans, for all Americans.

Hillary Clinton is a throwback to an ugly past where politicians preyed on our poorest citizens while selling them out for personal gain.

We must turn the page on yesterday. Only a change in leadership will produce a change in outcomes.

In this New American Future, American workers will always come first.

This will include a complete revitalization of the Michigan manufacturing sector, which has been so badly hurt by Hillary Clinton’s policies.

We are bringing the jobs back to Michigan.

Michigan lost more than 1 in 4 of its manufacturing jobs since NAFTA. As you know, NAFTA was signed by President Bill Clinton. It was supported by Hillary Clinton. Right here, in this community, you’ve lost 1 in 7 manufacturing jobs since Bill Clinton put China into the World Trade Organization – another Hillary Clinton-backed deal. Detroit lost more than 1 in 3 manufacturing jobs following the NAFTA and WTO agreements supported by my opponent.

No industry has been hurt more by Hillary Clinton’s policies than the car industry. It’s been a total disaster.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, before NAFTA went into effect, there were 285,000 auto workers in Michigan. Today, that number is only 160,000.

In 2014, GM announced plans to double its investments in Mexico by 2018.

In April 2016, Ford Motor Company announced plans to invest $1.6 billion constructing an auto plant in Mexico.

That same month, Fiat Chrysler announced 1,300 layoffs. Lear Corporation launched plans to build two new factories in Mexico.

The list goes on and on.

We will turn it all around. But to do that, we have to win in November.

The destruction that NAFTA started will be finished off if the Trans-Pacific Partnership is approved. We know from Hillary’s closest friend, Terry McAuliffe, that she is planning to ram through the TPP if she’s elected. She even called the TPP the “gold standard.”

It’s passage would be a disaster. We won’t let it happen.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the U.S. trade deficit with the proposed TPP member countries cost over 1 million manufacturing jobs in 2015.

By far the biggest losses occurred in motor vehicles and parts, which lost nearly 740,000 manufacturing jobs.

Michigan ranks first for jobs lost as a share of state workforce due to the trade deficit with TPP members.

Just imagine how many more automobile jobs will be lost if Hillary gets her wish and approves the TPP. That is why I have announced we will withdraw from the deal before that can ever happen.

I have previously laid out a detailed 7-point plan for trade reform, available on my website. It includes strong protections against currency manipulation from counties like China, and tariffs against any nation that cheats by unfairly subsidizing their goods. My plan also includes a renegotiation of NAFTA. If we don’t get a better deal, we will walk away.

We want trade deals. But we want trade deals that work for America – that create jobs and wealth in our country. We want to shrink our trade deficit, not expand it. We want to be leading the world in production, exports and manufacturing. We want jobs to leave other countries and come to our country.

Another major issue in this race is foreign policy. Hillary Clinton has made one bad foreign policy decision after another – beginning with her support for going to war in Iraq in the first place, which I opposed.

Her tenure as Secretary of State may be regarded as the most disastrous in U.S. history, but yet she is totally without remorse.

Her failed decisions as Secretary of State unleashed ISIS onto the world.

But has she ever apologized for the death and destruction she has caused?

Look at the world before and after she became Secretary of State.

Pre-Hillary, in early 2009, Iraq was seeing a reduction in violence.

Libya was stable.

Syria was under control.

The group we know today as ISIS was close to being extinguished.

Iran was being choked by sanctions.

Now, fast-forward to present time.

After Hillary, here is what the world looks like:

Iraq is in total chaos.

Syria is in the midst of a disastrous civil war and a refugee crisis now threatens Europe and the United States.

ISIS has been unleashed onto the entire world.

Iran – the world’s top state sponsor of terrorism – has been put on the path to nuclear weapons, and was given a $400 million ransom payment, something which has now been confirmed after President Obama’s lies.

This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction and terrorism.

America deserves a better legacy. All of you deserve a better future. I am the change agent. Hillary Clinton is the defender of the status quo.

While our country lost badly under Hillary Clinton, she cashed in big time. Bill Clinton’s speaking fees surged while Hillary was Secretary of State – Bill was paid almost $50 million for speeches during her tenure, an increase of 44% over the previous 4 years.

Then there was all the money funneled into the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments and corporations.

It was pay-for-play.

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Yet, Hillary Clinton, who is indifferent to the suffering she has caused, has no remorse. She offers no apologies for selling government favors. No apologies for unleashing ISIS. No apologies for open borders. No apologies for lying about her emails, or about Benghazi.

The only way to learn the full depth of her public corruption is to read the 33,000 emails she deleted.

And the only way to get justice in this rigged system is to show up and vote on November 8th– and to vote big.

Are you ready to vote for the future you want?

Are you ready to vote for the honest government you deserve?

A Trump Administration will end the corruption and restore integrity to government service.

No one will be above the law.

In A Trump Administration, the State Department will work for the country – not for Hillary Clinton’s donors.

And I will work for you – and for no one else.

I will never lie to you, I will never put any other interest before you, and I will never, every stop fighting for you.

The government will work for the people again.

That means we are only going to admit individuals into our country who support our values, and we’re not going to issue visas where adequate screening cannot take place. We will also seek to join in partnership with any nation that wishes to join us in defeating and destroying ISIS.

At home, taxes will go down, especially for middle-income Americans. And small business rates will be lowered to 15 percent, so we can put millions of news job into our poorest neighborhoods.

Obamacare will be repealed and replaced.

Voters, not special interests, will be in charge.

Finally, we are going to bring our country together again. The era of division will be replaced with a future of unity.

We are going to do it by emphasizing what we all have in common as Americans.

It is time to break with the failures of the past, and to fight for every last child in this country to have the better future they deserve.

In my Administration, every American will be treated equally, protected equally, and honored equally. We will reject bigotry and hatred and oppression in all of its forms, and seek a new future built on our common culture and values as one American people.

This is the change I am promising all of you: an honest government, a thriving economy, and a just society for each and every American.

It is time to vote for a New American Future.

Together, We Will Make America Wealthy Again.

We Will Make America United Again.

We Will Make American Proud Again.

We Will Make America Safe Again.

And We Will Make America Great Again.

Thank you, and God Bless.

 

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TRUMP TO THE NATION – “I speak the truth for all of you, and for everyone in this country who doesn’t have a voice.”

“In this journey, I will never lie to you. I will never tell you something I do not believe. I will never put anyone’s interests ahead of yours. And, I will never, ever stop fighting for you.”

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Full transcript: Charlotte Convention Center Thursday 8.18.16

Thank you. It’s great to be here in Charlotte.

I’d like to take a moment to talk about the heartbreak and devastation in Louisiana, a state that is very special to me.

We are one nation. When one state hurts, we all hurt – and we must all work together to lift each other up. Working, building, restoring together.

Our prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones, and we send them our deepest condolences. Though words cannot express the sadness one feels at times like this, I hope everyone in Louisiana knows that our country is praying for them and standing with them to help them in these difficult hours.

We are one country, one people, and we will have together one great future.

Tonight, I’d like to talk about the New American Future we are going to create together.

Last week, I laid out my plan to bring jobs back to our country.

On Monday, I laid out my plan to defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism.

On Tuesday, in Wisconsin, I talked about how we are going to restore law and order to this country.

Let me take this opportunity to extend our thanks and our gratitude to the police and law enforcement officers in this country who have sacrificed so greatly in these difficult times.

The chaos and violence on our streets, and the assaults on law enforcement, are an attack against all peaceful citizens. If I am elected President, this chaos and violence will end – and it will end very quickly.

Every single citizen in our land has a right to live in safety.

To be one united nation, we must protect all of our people. But we must also provide opportunities for all of our people.

We cannot make America Great Again if we leave any community behind.

Nearly Four in ten African-American children are living in poverty.I will not rest until children of every color in this country are fully included in the American Dream.

Jobs, safety, opportunity. Fair and equal representation. This is what I promise to African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and all Americans.

But to achieve this New American Future we must break from the failures of the past.

As you know, I am not a politician. I have worked in business, creating jobs and rebuilding neighborhoods my entire adult life. I’ve never wanted to learn the language of the insiders, and I’ve never been politically correct – it takes far too much time, and can often make things more difficult.

Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that, and I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.

But one thing I can promise you is this: I will always tell you the truth.

I speak the truth for all of you, and for everyone in this country who doesn’t have a voice.

I speak the truth on behalf of the factory worker who lost his or her job.

I speak the truth on behalf of the Veteran who has been denied the medical care they need – and so many are not making it. They are dying.

I speak the truth on behalf of the family living near the border that deserves to be safe in their own country but is instead living with no security at all.

Our campaign is about representing the great majority of Americans – Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Conservatives and Liberals – who read the newspaper, or turn on the TV, and don’t hear anyone speaking for them. All they hear are insiders fighting for insiders.

These are the forgotten men and women in our society, and they are angry at so much on so many levels. The poverty, the unemployment, the failing schools, the jobs moving to other countries.

I am fighting for these forgotten Americans.

Fourteen months ago, I declared my campaign for the Presidency on the promise to give our government back to the people. Every day since then, I’ve worked to repay the loyalty and the faith that you have put in me.

Every day I think about how much is at stake for this country. This isn’t just the fight of my life, it’s the fight of our lives – together – to save our country.

I refuse to let another generation of American children be excluded from the American Dream. Our whole country loses when young people of limitless potential are denied the opportunity to contribute their talents because we failed to provide them the opportunities they deserved. Let our children be dreamers too.

Our whole country loses every time a kid doesn’t graduate from high school, or fails to enter the workforce or, worse still, is lost to the dreadful world of drugs and crime.

When I look at the failing schools, the terrible trade deals, and the infrastructure crumbling in our inner cities, I know all of this can be fixed – and it can be fixed very quickly.

In the world I come from, if something is broken, you fix it.

If something isn’t working, you replace it.

If a product doesn’t deliver, you make a change.

I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens.

That’s why I am running: to end the decades of bitter failure and to offer the American people a new future of honesty, justice and opportunity. A future where America, and its people, always – and I mean always – come first.

Aren’t you tired of a system that gets rich at your expense?

Aren’t you tired of the same old lies and the same old broken promises? And Hillary Clinton has proven to be one of the greatest liars of all time.

Aren’t you tired of arrogant leaders who look down on you, instead of serving and protecting you?

That is all about to change – and it’s about to change soon. We are going to put the American people first again.

I’ve travelled all across this country laying out my bold and modern agenda for change.

In this journey, I will never lie to you. I will never tell you something I do not believe. I will never put anyone’s interests ahead of yours.

And, I will never, ever stop fighting for you.

I have no special interest. I am spending millions of dollars on my own campaign – nobody else is.

My only interest is the American people.

So while sometimes I can be too honest, Hillary Clinton is the exact opposite: she never tells the truth. One lie after another, and getting worse each passing day.

The American people are still waiting for Hillary Clinton to apologize for all of the many lies she’s told to them, and the many times she’s betrayed them.

Tell me, has Hillary Clinton ever apologized for lying about her illegal email server and deleting 33,000 emails?

Has Hillary Clinton apologized for turning the State Department into a pay-for-play operation where favors are sold to the highest bidder?

Has she apologized for lying to the families who lost loved ones at Benghazi?

Has she apologized for putting Iran on the path to nuclear weapons?

Has she apologized for Iraq? For Libya? For Syria? Has she apologized for unleashing ISIS across the world?

Has Hillary Clinton apologized for the decisions she made that have led to so much death, destruction and terrorism?

Speaking of lies, we now know from the State Department announcement that President Obama lied about the $400 million dollars in cash that was flown to Iran. He denied it was for the hostages, but it was. He said we don’t pay ransom, but he did. He lied about the hostages – openly and blatantly – just like he lied about Obamacare.

Now the Administration has put every American travelling overseas, including our military personnel, at greater risk of being kidnapped. Hillary Clinton owns President Obama’s Iran policy, one more reason she can never be allowed to be President.

Let’s talk about the economy. Here, in this beautiful state, so many people have suffered because of NAFTA. Bill Clinton signed the deal, and Hillary Clinton supported it. North Carolina has lost nearly half of its manufacturing jobs since NAFTA went into effect.

Bill Clinton also put China into the World Trade Organization – another Hillary Clinton-backed deal. Your city of Charlotte has lost 1 in 4 manufacturing jobs since China joined the WTO, and many of these jobs were lost while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State – our chief diplomat with China. She was a disaster, totally unfit for the job.

Hillary Clinton owes the State of North Carolina a very big apology, and I think you’ll get that apology around the same time you’ll get to see her 33,000 deleted emails.

Another major issue in this campaign has been the border. Our open border has allowed drugs and crime and gangs to pour into our communities. So much needless suffering, so much preventable death. I’ve spent time with the families of wonderful Americans whose loved ones were killed by the open borders and Sanctuary Cities that Hillary Clinton supports.

I’ve embraced the crying parents who’ve lost their children to violence spilling across our border. Parents like Laura Wilkerson and Michelle Root and Sabine Durden and Jamiel Shaw whose children were killed by illegal immigrants.

My opponent supports Sanctuary Cities.

But where was the Sanctuary for Kate Steinle? Where was the Sanctuary for the children of Laura, Michelle, Sabine and Jamiel?

Where was the Sanctuary for every other parent who has suffered so horribly?

These moms and dads don’t get a lot of consideration from our politicians. They certainly don’t get apologies. They’ll never even get the time of day from Hillary Clinton.

But they will always come first to me.

Listen closely: we will deliver justice for all of these American Families. We will create a system of immigration that makes us all proud.

Hillary Clinton’s mistakes destroy innocent lives, sacrifice national security, and betray the working families of this country.

Please remember this: I will never put personal profit before national security. I will never leave our border open to appease donors and special interests. I will never support a trade deal that kills American jobs. I will never put the special interests before the national interest. I will never put a donor before a voter, or a lobbyist before a citizen.

Instead, I will be a champion for the people.

The establishment media doesn’t cover what really matters in this country, or what’s really going on in people’s lives. They will take words of mine out of context and spend a week obsessing over every single syllable, and then pretend to discover some hidden meaning in what I said.

Just imagine for a second if the media spent this energy holding the politicians accountable who got innocent Americans like Kate Steinle killed – she was gunned down by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times.

Just imagine if the media spent this much time investigating the poverty and joblessness in our inner cities.

Just think about how much different things would be if the media in this country sent their cameras to our border, or to our closing factories, or to our failing schools. Or if the media focused on what dark secrets must be hidden in the 33,000 emails Hillary Clinton deleted.

Instead, every story is told from the perspective of the insiders. It’s the narrative of the people who rigged the system, never the voice of the people it’s been rigged against.

So many people suffering in silence. No cameras, no coverage, no outrage from a media class that seems to get outraged over just about everything else.

So again, it’s not about me. It’s never been about me. It’s about all the people in this country who don’t have a voice.

I am running to be their voice.

I am running to be the voice for every forgotten part of this country that has been waiting and hoping for a better future.

I am glad that I make the powerful a little uncomfortable now and again – including some powerful people in my own party. Because it means I am fighting for real change.

There’s a reason the hedge fund managers, the financial lobbyists, the Wall Street investors, are throwing their money at Hillary Clinton. Because they know she will make sure the system stays rigged in their favor.

It’s the powerful protecting the powerful.

The insiders fighting for the insiders.

I am fighting for you.

Here is the change I propose.

On terrorism, we are going to end the era of nation-building and instead focus on destroying ISIS and Radical Islamic terrorism.

We will use military, cyber and financial warfare and work with any partner in the world, and the Middle East, that shares our goal of defeating terrorism. I have a message for the terrorists trying to kill our citizens: we will find you, we will destroy you, and we will win.

On immigration, we will temporarily suspend immigration from any place where adequate screening cannot be performed. All applicants for immigration will be vetted for ties to radical ideology, and we will screen out anyone who doesn’t share our values and love our people. Anyone who believes Sharia law supplants American law will not be given an immigrant visa. If you want to join our society, then you must embrace our society, our values and our tolerant way of life. Those who believe in oppressing women, gays, Hispanics, African-Americans and people of different faiths are not welcome to join our country.

We will promote our America values, our American way of life, and our American system of government which are all the best in the world.

My opponent on the other hand wants a 550% increase in Syrian refugees. Her plan would bring in roughly 620,000 refugees from all refugee-sending nations in her first term, on top of all other immigration. Hillary Clinton is running to be America’s Angela Merkel, and we’ve seen how much crime and how many problems that’s caused the German people.

We have enough problems already, we don’t need another one.

On crime, we are going to add more police, more investigators, and appoint the best judges and prosecutors in the world. We will pursue strong enforcement of federal laws.

The gangs and cartels and criminal syndicates terrorizing our people will be stripped apart one by one. Their day is over.

On trade, we are going to renegotiate NAFTA, withdraw from the TPP, stand up to China on our terrible trade agreement, and protect every last American job.

Hillary Clinton has supported all of the major trade deals that have stripped this country of its jobs and its wealth.

On taxes, we are going to massively cut tax rates for workers and small businesses – creating millions of new good paying jobs.

We are going to get rid of regulations that send jobs overseas and we are going to make it easier for young Americans to get the credit they need to start a small business and pursue their dreams.

On education, we are going to give students choice, and allow charter schools to thrive. We are going to end tenure policies that reward bad teachers and hurt good ones. My opponent wants to deny students choice and opportunity, all to get a little bit more money from the education bureaucracy. She doesn’t care how many young dreams are dashed in the process.

We are going to work closely with African-American parents and students in the inner cities – and what a big difference that will make. This means a lot to me, and it is going to be a top priority in a Trump Administration.

On healthcare, we are going to repeal and replace Obamacare. Countless Americans have been forced into part-time jobs, premiums are about to jump by double-digits yet again, and just this week Aetna announced it is pulling out of the exchanges in North Carolina. We are going to replace this disaster with reforms that give you choice and freedom and control in healthcare – at a much lower cost.

On political corruption, we are going to restore honor to our government.

In my Administration, I am going to enforce all laws concerning the protection of classified information. No one will be above the law.

I am going to forbid senior officials from trading favors for cash by preventing them from collecting lavish speaking fees through their spouses when they serve.

I am going to ask my senior officials to sign an agreement not to accept speaking fees from corporations with a registered lobbyist for five years after leaving office, or from any entity tied to a foreign government.

Finally, we are going to bring this country together. We are going to do it by emphasizing what we all have in common as Americans. We are going to reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton, which sees communities of color only as votes and not as human beings worthy of a better future.

If African-American voters give Donald Trump a chance by giving me their vote, the result for them will be amazing. Look at how badly things are going under decades of Democratic leadership – look at the schools, look at the 58% of young African-Americans not working. It is time for change.

What do you have to lose by trying something new? – I will fix it. This means so much to me, and I will work as hard as I can to bring new opportunity to places in our country which have not known opportunity in a very long time.

Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party have taken African-American votes totally for granted. Because the votes have been automatically there, there has been no reason for Democrats to produce.

It is time to break with the failures of the past, and to fight for every last American child in this country to have the better future they deserve.

In my Administration, every American will be treated equally, protected equally, and honored equally. We will reject bigotry and hatred and oppression in all of its forms, and seek a new future built on our common culture and values as one American people.

This is the change I am promising all of you: an honest government, a fair economy, and a just society for each and every American.

But we can never fix our problems by relying on the same politicians who created these problems in the first place.

72% of voters say our country is on the wrong track. I am the change candidate, Hillary Clinton is the failed status quo.

It is time to vote for a New American Future.

Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.

We Will Make American Proud Again.

We Will Make America Safe Again.

Friends and fellow citizens: Come November, We Will Make America Great Again.

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COPS LOVE TRUMP – “I know how well we’re doing with law enforcement. That could be unanimous.”

Trump blasts M-4 rifle at targets before meeting police – and even hits two bullseyes – but refuses to release a photo of himself armed at the range

  • Republican candidate meets with local law enforcement officers at campaign stop in Lake Norman, North Carolina
  • ‘We just went down the range and had a little shooting practice’ 
  • But before he addressed them he went to a nearby firing range and let loose with an M-4 rifle  
  • ‘He wants to be an adult American and shoot a gun first – I don’t blame him for that,’ said one cop
  • Campaign yet to release picture of candidate with the rifle 

Donald Trump fired off an M-4 rifle on Thursday as he took his ‘law and order’ appeal to a gun range at a North Carolina police lodge.

But his campaign team wouldn’t release a photo he took with police officers who joined him at the shooting range, and individual officers weren’t allowed to shoot their own pictures with the presidential candidate, an officer told DailyMail.com.

Early reviews are that Trump was right on target when he aimed and fired.

‘He fired several shots. I saw two for-sure bullseyes. At the distance we were I couldn’t tell you there wasn’t more,’ Ron ‘Duck’ Wyatt, the mayor of nearby Troutman told DailyMail.com.

‘It was excellent marksmanship,’ the former firearms instructor for police and civilians added.

Iredell County sheriff Darren Campbell vouched for Trump’s skills while introducing the mogul to a supportive crowd of police officers. ‘I gotta say this man can shoot,’ he said.

Cops' backing in the bag? 'I know how well we're doing with law enforcement. That could be unanimous,' Trump predicated after saying he had shot an M-4

Cops’ backing in the bag? ‘I know how well we’re doing with law enforcement. That could be unanimous,’ Trump predicated after saying he had shot an M-4

The Trump camp declined to release a photo Trump took with a small group of officers who accompanied him during the target practice.

Trump himself boasted about the shooting practice at the top of his remarks to the officers. ”We just went down the range and had a little shooting practice,’ he said.

Praise: 'I gotta say this man can shoot,' Iredell County sheriff Darren Campbell said introducing Trump.

Sheriff Campbell told reporters Trump shot an M-4 at the rural range, off a gravel road near Lake Norman, where Trump mentioned he owns property.

‘I can tell you he shot quite well. He did a good. He is obviously proficient. It showed,’ Campbell told DailyMail.com afterward.

During his brief remarks, Trump predicted he would clean up among cops – perhaps not losing a single vote from law enforcement.

‘I know how well we’re doing with law enforcement. That could be unanimous,’ he predicted, two days after he gave a fiery law and order speech in Milwaukee.

‘No matter where we go in the country we may get no negative vote,’ Trump said.

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TRUMP TO THE NATION – “The leadership class in Washington D.C., of which Hillary Clinton has been a member for thirty years, has abandoned the people of this country.”

 

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– AUGUST 16, 2016 –

DONALD J. TRUMP REMARKS ON CREATING A NEW AND BETTER FUTURE FOR AMERICA’S INNER CITIES

It’s so great to be here tonight. I am honored to also be joined this evening by Governor Scott Walker, Chairman Reince Priebus, and Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

We are at a decisive moment in this election.

Last week, I laid out my plan to bring jobs back to our country. Yesterday, I laid out my plan to defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism. Tonight, I am going to talk about how to make our communities safe again from crime and lawlessness.

Let me begin by thanking the law enforcement officers here in this city, and across this country, for their service and sacrifice in difficult times.

The violence, riots and destruction that have taken place in Milwaukee is an assault on the right of all citizens to live in security and peace.

Law and order must be restored. It must be restored for the sake of all, but most especially the sake of those living in the affected communities.

The main victims of these riots are law-abiding African-American citizens living in these neighborhoods. It is their jobs, their homes, their schools and communities which will suffer as a result.

There is no compassion in tolerating lawless conduct. Crime and violence is an attack on the poor, and will never be accepted in a Trump Administration.

The narrative that has been pushed aggressively for years now by our current Administration, and pushed by my opponent Hillary Clinton, is a false one. The problem in our poorest communities is not that there are too many police, the problem is that there are not enough police.

More law enforcement, more community engagement, more effective policing is what our country needs.

Just like Hillary Clinton is against the miners, she is against the police. You know it, and I know it.

Those peddling the narrative of cops as a racist force in our society – a narrative supported with a nod by my opponent – share directly in the responsibility for the unrest in Milwaukee, and many other places within our country.

They have fostered the dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America.

Everytime we rush to judgment with false facts and narratives – whether in Ferguson or in Baltimore – and foment further unrest, we do a direct disservice to poor African-American residents who are hurt by the high crime in their communities.

During the last 72 hours, while protestors have raged against the police here in Milwaukee, another 9 were killed in Chicago and another 46 were wounded. More than 2,600 people have been shot in Chicago since the beginning of the year, and almost 4,000 killed in President Obama’s hometown area since his presidency began.

How are we serving these American victims by attacking law enforcement officers?

The war on our police must end. It must end now.The war on our police is a war on all peaceful citizens who want to be able to work and live and send their kids to school in safety.

Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, the violent disruptor. Our job is to make life more comfortable for the African-American parent who wants their kids to be able to safely walk the streets. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus. Or the young child walking home from school.

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For every one violent protestor, there are a hundred moms and dads and kids on that same city block who just want to be able to sleep safely at night. My opponent would rather protect the offender than the victim.

Hillary Clinton-backed policies are responsible for the problems in the inner cities today, and a vote for her is a vote for another generation of poverty, high crime, and lost opportunities.

I care too much about my country to let that happen.

We all care too much about our country to let that happen.

Good policing saves lives. My dear friend, Rudy Giuliani, knows a thing or two about this. The policies put into place by Rudy ultimately brought down crime by 76 percent and murder by 84 percent. Think of how many families were saved, how much heartache was prevented, when police were put into communities and criminals were removed.

Imagine how many lives could have been saved, all across this country, if Democratic politicians hadn’t blocked in their cities what Rudy did in New York City? I’ll make sure we deliver safe neighborhoods here in Milwaukee, and all across this country.

It’s easy for Hillary Clinton to turn a blind eye to crime when she has her own private security force. I believe all Americans, not just the powerful, are entitled to security.

Hillary Clinton has had her chance. She failed. Now it’s time for new leadership.

The Hillary Clinton agenda hurts poor people the most.

There is no compassion in allowing drug dealers, gang members, and felons to prey on innocent people. It is the first duty of government to keep the innocent safe, and when I am President I will fight for the safety of every American – and especially those Americans who have not known safety for a very, very long time.

I am asking for the vote of every African-American citizen struggling in our country today who wants a different future.

It is time for our society to address some honest and very difficult truths.

The Democratic Party has failed and betrayed the African-American community. Democratic crime policies, education policies, and economic policies have produced only more crime, more broken homes, and more poverty.

Let us look at the situation right here in Milwaukee, a city run by Democrats for decade after decade. Last year, killings in this city increased by 69 percent, plus another 634 victims of non-fatal shootings. 18-29-year-olds accounted for nearly half of the homicide victims. The poverty rate here is nearly double the national average. Almost 4 in 10 African-American men in Milwaukee between the ages of 25-54 do not have a job. Nearly four in 10 single mother households are living in poverty. 55 public schools in this city have been rated as failing to meet expectations, despite ten thousand dollars in funding per-pupil. There is only a 60% graduation rate, and it’s one of the worst public school systems in the country.

1 in 5 manufacturing jobs has disappeared in Milwaukee since we fully opened our markets to China, and many African-American neighborhoods have borne the brunt of this hit.

To every voter in Milwaukee, to every voter living in every inner city, or every forgotten stretch of our society, I am running to offer you a better future.

The Democratic Party has taken the votes of African-Americans for granted. They’ve just assumed they’ll get your support and done nothing in return for it. It’s time to give the Democrats some competition for these votes, and it’s time to rebuild the inner cities of America – and to reject the failed leadership of a rigged political system.

I’m not part of the corrupt system. In fact, the corrupt system is trying to stop me. I’ve been paying my own way. The voters in the Republican Party this year defied the donors, the consultants, the power brokers, and choose a nominee from outside our failed and corrupt and broken system.

The other party – the Democratic Party – nominated the personification of special interest corruption. The Democratic Party rigged the nomination to give it to Hillary Clinton, thus giving the soul of their party this year to the special interests.

I am running to listen to your voice, to hear your cries for help. The quiet voices in our society, not the loudest demonstrators, need to have their demands heard.

Jobs. Safety. Opportunity. Fair and equal representation.

We reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton which panders to and talks down to communities of color and sees them only as votes, not as individual human beings worthy of a better future. She doesn’t care at all about the hurting people of this country, or the suffering she has caused them.

The African-American community has been taken for granted for decades by the Democratic Party. It’s time to break with the failures of the past – I want to offer Americans a new future.

It is time for rule by the people, not rule by special interests.

Every insider, getting rich off of our broken system, is throwing money at Hillary Clinton. The hedge fund managers, the Wall Street investors, the professional political class.

It’s the powerful protecting the powerful.

Insiders fighting for insiders.

I am fighting for you.

When we talk about the insider, who are we talking about? It’s the comfortable politicians looking out for their own interests. It’s the lobbyists who know how to insert that perfect loophole into every bill. It’s the financial industry that knows how to regulate their competition out of existence.

The insiders also include the media executives, anchors and journalists in Washington, Los Angeles, and New York City, who are part of the same failed status quo and want nothing to change.

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Every day you pick up a newspaper, or turn on the nightly news, and you hear some self-interested banker or some discredited Washington insider saying they oppose our campaign. Or some encrusted old politician says they oppose our campaign. Or some big time lobbyist says they oppose our campaign.

I wear their opposition as a badge of honor. Because it means I am fighting for REAL change, not just partisan change. I am fighting – all of us across the country are fighting – for peaceful regime change in our own country.

The media-donor-political complex that’s bled this country dry has to be replaced with a new government of, by and for the people.

The leadership class in Washington D.C., of which Hillary Clinton has been a member for thirty years, has abandoned the people of this country.

I am going to give the people their voice back.

Think about it. The people opposing our campaign are the same people who have left our border open and let innocent people suffer as a result.

The people opposing our campaign are the same people who have led us into one disastrous foreign war after another.

The people opposing our campaign are the same people who lied to us about one trade deal after another.

Aren’t you tired of a system that gets rich at your expense?

Aren’t you tired of big media, big businesses, and big donors rigging the system to keep your voice from being heard?

Are you ready for change?

Are you ready for leadership that puts you, the American people, first? That puts your country first? That puts your family first?

Let’s talk about what this means for the inner cities of America. It’s time to break through the television noise, the entrenched interests. I understand that a lot of powerful people in our political system – a lot of people who’ve created our problems – will lose a lot of their contracts, and their special gigs, if African-American voters, and all minority voters, support my campaign.

It’s time to stop making the special interests rich. It’s time to make the American people rich.

I am going to Make America Wealthy Again.

The Democratic Party has run nearly every inner city in this country for 50 years, and run them into financial ruin.

They’ve ruined the schools.

They’ve driven out the jobs.

They’ve tolerated a level of crime no American should consider acceptable.

Violent crime has risen 17% in America’s 50 largest cities last year. Killings of police officers this year is up nearly 50 percent. Homicides are up more than 60% in Baltimore. They are up more than 50% in Washington, D.C.

This is the future offered by Hillary Clinton. More poverty, more crime, and more of the same. The future she offers is the most pessimistic thing I can possibly imagine.

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It is time for a different future.

Here is what I am proposing.

First, on immigration. No community in this country has been hurt worse by Hillary Clinton’s immigration policies than the African-American community. Now she is proposing to print instant work permits for millions of illegal immigrants, taking jobs directly from low-income Americans. I will secure our border, protect our workers, and improve jobs and wages in your community. We will only invite people to join our country who share our tolerant values, who support our Constitution, and who love all of our people.

On trade, I am going to renegotiate NAFTA, stand up to China, withdraw from the TPP, and protect every last American job.

On taxes, I am going to give a massive tax cut to every worker and small business in this country, bring thousands of new companies and millions of new jobs onto our shores – and make it very difficult for our businesses to leave.

I am going to reform our regulations so jobs stay in America, and new businesses come to America to hire workers right here in Milwaukee. Every policy my opponent has sends jobs overseas. I am going to bring trillions in new wealth back to the United States.

On education, it is time to have school choice, merit pay for teachers, and to end the tenure policies that hurt good teachers and reward bad teachers. We are going to put students and parents first.

Hillary Clinton would rather deny opportunities to millions of young African-American children, just so she can curry favor with the education bureaucracy.

I am going to allow charter schools to thrive, and help young kids get on the American ladder of success: a good education, and a good-paying job.

On crime, I am going to support more police in our communities, appoint the best prosecutors and judges in the country, pursue strong enforcement of federal laws, and I am going to break up the gangs, the cartels and criminal syndicates terrorizing our neighborhoods. To every lawbreaker hurting innocent people in this country, I say: your free reign will soon come crashing to an end.

On healthcare, we are going to get rid of Obamacare – which has caused soaring double-digit premium increases – and give choice to patients and consumers. Aetna, just today, announced they are dropping out – as are many of the major insurance companies.

On government corruption, I am going to restore honor to our government. We’ve seen the corruption of Hillary Clinton, the mass email deletions, the pay-for-play at the State Department, the profiteering, the favors given to foreign corporations and governments at your expense. We’ve seen a former Secretary of State lie to Congress about her illegal email scheme, risk innocent American lives, and bring dishonor onto our government.

In my Administration, I am going to enforce all laws concerning the protection of classified information. No one will be above the law.

I am going to forbid senior officials from trading favors for cash by preventing them from collecting lavish speaking fees through their spouses when they serve.

I am going to ask my senior officials to sign an agreement not to accept speaking fees from corporations with a registered lobbyist for five years after leaving office, or from any entity tied to a foreign government. This is all just the beginning.

We are going to make this a government of the people once again. This is our chance to take back power from all the people who’ve taken it from you. The reason you see the establishment media lining up behind my opponent is because they are scared that you, with your vote, can take away their power and return it to your family and community.

These are tough times. But I know we can make American Greater Than Ever Before.

To do this, we are going to need a fighter in the White House.

I will be your fighter.

To defeat crime and Radical Islamic Terrorism in our country, to win trade in our country, you need tremendous physical and mental strength and stamina. Hillary Clinton doesn’t have that strength and stamina. She cannot win for you.

Most importantly, she has bad judgment. Bad judgment on terrorism, bad judgement on foreign policy, bad judgment on trade.

The only individuals she’s ever delivered for is her donors – not the people.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. My opponent asks her supporters to repeat a three-word pledge. Her pledge reads: “I’m With Her”

I choose to recite a different pledge. My pledge reads: “I’m With You – the American people.”

I will fight to ensure that every American is treated equally, protected equally, and honored equally. We will reject bigotry and hatred and oppression in all of its forms, and seek a new future of security, prosperity and opportunity – a future built on our common culture and values as one American people.

I am asking for your vote so I can be your champion in the White House. We will once again be a country of law and order, and a country of great success.

To every parent who dreams for their children, and to every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight: I’m with you, I will fight for you, and I will win for you.

Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.

We Will Make American Safe Again.

And We Will Make America Great Again.

Thank you, and God Bless.

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“The United States defeated Fascism, Nazism, and Communism. Now, a different threat challenges our world: Radical Islamic Terrorism.”

Trump To The Nation – Full Transcript – 8.15.2016

Understanding The Threat: Radical Islam And The Age Of Terror

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Today we begin a conversation about how to Make America Safe Again. In the 20th Century, the United States defeated Fascism, Nazism, and Communism. Now, a different threat challenges our world: Radical Islamic Terrorism.

  • This summer, there has been an ISIS attack launched outside the war zones of the Middle East every 84 hours.
  •  Here, in America, we have seen one brutal attack after another. 13 were murdered, and 38 wounded, in the assault on Ft. Hood.
  •  The Boston Marathon Bombing wounded and maimed 264 people,  and ultimately left five dead – including 2 police officers.
  • In Chattanooga, Tennessee, five unarmed marines were shot and killed at a military recruiting center.
  •  Last December, 14 innocent Americans were gunned down at an office party in San Bernardino, another 22 were injured.
  • In June, 49 Americans were executed at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, and another 53 were injured. It was the worst mass shooting in our history, and the worst attack on the LGTBQ community in our history.
  • In Europe, we have seen the same carnage and bloodshed inflicted upon our closest allies. In January of 2015, a French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, was attacked for publishing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. Twelve were killed, including two police officers, and 11 were wounded.
  • Two days later, four were murdered in a Jewish Deli.
  • In November of 2015, terrorists went on a shooting rampage in Paris that slaughtered 130 people, and wounded another 368.  France is suffering gravely, and the tourism industry is being massively affected in a most negative way.
  • In March of this year, terrorists detonated a bomb in the Brussels airport, killing 32 and injuring 340.
  • This July, in the South of France, an Islamic terrorist turned his truck into an instrument of mass murder, plowing down and killing 85 men, women and children – and wounding another 308. Among the dead were 2 Americans – a Texas father, and his 11-year-old son.
  • A few weeks ago, in Germany, a refugee armed with an axe wounded five people in a gruesome train attack.
  • Only days ago, an ISIS killer invaded a Christian church in Normandy France, forced an 85-year-old priest to his knees, and slit his throat before his congregation.

Overseas, ISIS has carried out one unthinkable atrocity after another. Children slaughtered, girls sold into slavery, men and women burned alive. Crucifixions, beheadings and drownings. Ethnic minorities targeted for mass execution. Holy sites desecrated. Christians driven from their homes and hunted for extermination. ISIS rounding-up what it calls the “nation of the cross” in a campaign of genocide.

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 We cannot let this evil continue. Nor can we let the hateful ideology of Radical Islam – its oppression of women, gays, children, and nonbelievers – be allowed to reside or spread within our own countries. We will defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism, just as we have defeated every threat we have faced in every age before. But we will not defeat it with closed eyes, or silenced voices.

Anyone who cannot name our enemy, is not fit to lead this country. Anyone who cannot condemn the hatred, oppression and violence of Radical Islam lacks the moral clarity to serve as our President.

The rise of ISIS is the direct result of policy decisions made by President Obama and Secretary Clinton. Let’s look back at the Middle East at the very beginning of 2009, before the Obama-Clinton Administration took over.

Libya was stable. Syria was under control. Egypt was ruled by a secular President and an ally of the United States. Iraq was experiencing a reduction in violence. The group that would become what we now call ISIS was close to being extinguished.  Iran was being choked off by economic sanctions.

Fast-forward to today. What have the decisions of Obama-Clinton produced?

  • Libya is in ruins, our ambassador and three other brave Americans are dead,  and ISIS has gained a new base of operations.
  • Syria is in the midst of a disastrous civil war. ISIS controls large portions of territory.
  • A refugee crisis now threatens Europe and the United States.
  • In Egypt, terrorists have gained a foothold in the Sinai desert, near the Suez Canal, one of the most essential waterways in the world.

Iraq is in chaos, and ISIS is on the loose. ISIS has spread across the Middle East, and into the West. In 2014, ISIS was operating in some 7 nations. Today they are fully operational in 18 countries with aspiring branches in 6 more, for a total of 24  – and many believe it is even more than that.

The situation is likely worse than the public knows: a new Congressional report reveals that the Administration has downplayed the growth of ISIS, with 40% of surveyed analysts saying they had experienced efforts to manipulate their findings.

  • At the same time, ISIS is trying to infiltrate refugee flows into Europe and the United States.
  • Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, is now flush with $150 billion in cash released by the United States – plus another $400 million in ransom.
  • Worst of all, the Nuclear deal puts Iran, the number one state sponsor of Radical Islamic Terrorism, on a path to nuclear weapons.

In short, the Obama-Clinton foreign policy has unleashed ISIS, destabilized the Middle East, and put the nation of Iran – which chants ‘Death to America’ – in a dominant position of regional power and, in fact, aspiring to be a dominant world power.

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It all began in 2009 with what has become known as President Obama’s global ‘Apology Tour.’ In a series of speeches, President Obama described America as “arrogant,” “dismissive” “derisive” and a “colonial power.”  

He informed other countries that he would be speaking up about America’s “past errors.” He pledged that we would no longer be a “senior partner,” that “sought to dictate our terms.” He lectured CIA officers of the need to acknowledge their mistakes and described Guantanamo Bay as a “rallying cry for our enemies.”

Perhaps no speech was more misguided than President Obama’s speech to the Muslim World delivered in Cairo, Egypt, in 2009. In winning the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan repeatedly touted the superiority of freedom over communism, and called the USSR the Evil Empire. Yet, when President Obama delivered his address in Cairo, no such moral courage could be found. Instead of condemning the oppression of women and gays in many Muslim nations, and the systematic violations of human rights, or the financing of global terrorism, President Obama tried to draw an equivalency between our human rights record and theirs.

His naïve words were followed by even more naïve actions. The failure to establish a new Status of Forces Agreement in Iraq, and the election-driven timetable for withdrawal, surrendered our gains in that country and led directly to the rise of ISIS.

The failures in Iraq were compounded by Hillary Clinton’s disaster in Libya. President Obama has since said he regards Libya as his worst mistake.

According to then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the invasion of Libya was nearly a split decision, but Hillary Clinton’s forceful advocacy for the intervention was the deciding factor.

With one episode of bad judgment after another, Hillary Clinton’s policies launched ISIS onto the world. Yet, as she threw the Middle East into violent turmoil, things turned out well for her. The Clintons made almost $60 million in gross income while she was Secretary of State.

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Incident after incident proves again and again: Hillary Clinton lacks the judgement, the temperament and the moral character to lead this nation. Importantly, she also lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS, and all the many adversaries we face – not only in terrorism, but in trade and every other challenge we must confront to turn this country around.

It is time for a new approach Our current strategy of nation-building and regime change is a proven failure. We have created the vacuums that allow terrorists to grow and thrive.  I was an opponent of the Iraq war from the beginning – a major difference between me and my opponent. Though I was a private citizen, whose personal opinions on such matters was not sought, I nonetheless publicly expressed my private doubts about the invasion.

Three months before the invasion I said, in an interview with Neil Cavuto, to whom I offer my best wishes for a speedy recovery, that “perhaps [we] shouldn’t be doing it yet,” and that “the economy is a much bigger problem.”

In August of 2004, very early in the conflict, I made a detailed statement to Esquire magazine. Here is the quote in full: “Look at the war in Iraq and the mess that we’re in. I would never have handled it that way. Does anybody really believe that Iraq is going to be a wonderful democracy where people are going to run down to the voting box and gently put in their ballot and the winner is happily going to step up to lead the country? C’mon. Two minutes after we leave, there’s going to be a revolution, and the meanest, toughest, smartest, most vicious guy will take over. And he’ll have weapons of mass destruction, which Saddam didn’t have. “What was the purpose of this whole thing? Hundreds and hundreds of young people killed. And what about the people coming back with no arms and legs? Not to mention the other side. All those Iraqi kids who’ve been blown to pieces. And it turns out that all of the reasons for the war were blatantly wrong. All this for nothing.”

So I have been clear for a long time that we should not have gone in. But I have been just as clear in saying what a catastrophic mistake Hillary Clinton and President Obama made with the reckless way in which they pulled out. After we had made those hard-fought sacrifices and gains,  we should never have made such a sudden withdrawal – on a timetable advertised to our enemies.

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Al Qaeda in Iraq had been decimated, and Obama and Clinton gave it new life and allowed it to spread across the world. By that same token, President Obama and Hillary Clinton should never have attempted to build a Democracy in Libya, to push for immediate regime change in Syria,  or to support the overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt.

One more point on this: I have long said that we should have kept the oil in Iraq – another area where my judgement has been proven correct. According to CNN, ISIS made as much $500 million in oil sales in 2014 alone, fueling and funding its reign of terror. If we had controlled the oil, we could have prevented the rise of ISIS in Iraq – both by cutting off a major source of funding, and through the presence of U.S. forces necessary to safeguard the oil and other vital infrastructure. I was saying this constantly and to whoever would listen: keep the oil, keep the oil, keep the oil, I said – don’t let someone else get it.

If they had listened to me then, we would have had the economic benefits of the oil, which I wanted to use to help take care of the wounded soldiers and families of those who died – and thousands of lives would have been saved.

This proposal, by its very nature, would have left soldiers in place to guard our assets. In the old days, when we won a war, to the victor belonged the spoils. Instead, all we got from Iraq – and our adventures in the Middle East – was death, destruction and tremendous financial loss.

But it is time to put the mistakes of the past behind us, and chart a new course. If I become President, the era of nation-building will be ended. Our new approach, which must be shared by both parties in America, by our allies overseas, and by our friends in the Middle East, must be to halt the spread of Radical Islam. All actions should be oriented around this goal, and any country which shares this goal will be our ally.

We cannot always choose our friends, but we can never fail to recognize our enemies. As President, I will call for an international conference focused on this goal. We will work side-by-side with our friends in the Middle East, including our greatest ally, Israel.

We will partner with King Abdullah of Jordan, and President Sisi of Egypt, and all others who recognize this ideology of death that must be extinguished.

We will also work closely with NATO on this new mission. I had previously said that NATO was obsolete because it failed to deal adequately with terrorism; since my comments they have changed their policy and now have a new division focused on terror threats.

I also believe that we could find common ground with Russia in the fight against ISIS. They too have much at stake in the outcome in Syria, and have had their own battles with Islamic terrorism.

My Administration will aggressively pursue joint and coalition military operations to crush and destroy ISIS, international cooperation to cutoff their funding, expanded intelligence sharing, and cyber warfare to disrupt and disable their propaganda and recruiting.

We cannot allow the internet to be used as a recruiting tool, and for other purposes, by our enemy – we must shut down their access to this form of communication, and we must do so immediately.

Unlike Hillary Clinton, who has risked so many lives with her careless handling of sensitive information, my Administration will not telegraph exact military plans to the enemy. I have often said that General MacArthur and General Patton would be in a state of shock if they were alive today to see the way President Obama and Hillary Clinton try to recklessly announce their every move before it happens – like they did in Iraq – so that the enemy can prepare and adapt.

The fight will not be limited to ISIS. We will decimate Al Qaeda, and we will seek to starve funding for Iran-backed Hamas and Hezbollah. We can use existing UN Security Council resolutions to apply new sanctions. Military, cyber and financial warfare will all be essential in dismantling Islamic terrorism.

But we must use ideological warfare as well. Just as we won the Cold War, in part, by exposing the evils of communism and the virtues of free markets, so too must we take on the ideology of Radical Islam.

While my opponent accepted millions of dollars in Foundation donations from countries where being gay is an offense punishable by  prison or death, my Administration will speak out against the oppression of women, gays and people of different faith.

Our Administration will be a friend to all moderate Muslim reformers in the Middle East, and will amplify their voices. This includes speaking out against the horrible practice of honor killings, where women are murdered by their relatives for dressing, marrying or acting in a way that violates fundamentalist teachings. Over 1,000 Pakistani girls are estimated to be the victims of honor killings by their relatives each year. Recently, a prominent Pakistani social media star was strangled to death by her brother on the charge of dishonoring the family. In his confession, the brother took pride in the murder and said: “Girls are born to stay home and follow traditions.”

Shockingly, this is a practice that has reached our own shores. One such case involves an Iraqi immigrant who was sentenced to 34 years in jail for running over his own daughter claiming she had become “too Westernized.”

To defeat Islamic terrorism, we must also speak out forcefully against a hateful ideology that provides the breeding ground for violence and terrorism to grow.  A new immigration policy is needed as well.

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The common thread linking the major Islamic terrorist attacks that have recently occurred on our soil – 9/11, the Ft. Hood shooting, the Boston Bombing,  the San Bernardino attack,  the Orlando attack  – is that they have involved immigrants or the children of immigrants.

Clearly, new screening procedures are needed. A review by the U.S. Senate Immigration Subcommittee has identified 380 foreign-born individuals charged with terrorism or terrorism related offenses between 9/11 and 2014, and many more since then.

We also know that ISIS recruits refugees after their entrance into the country – as we have seen with the Somali refugee population in Minnesota.

Beyond terrorism, as we have seen in France, foreign populations have brought their anti-Semitic attitudes with them.  In Cologne, Germany, on New Year’s Eve, we have seen the reports of sexual violence and assault.

Pew polling shows that in many of the countries from which we draw large numbers of immigrants, extreme views about religion – such as the death penalty for those who leave the faith – are commonplace.

A Trump Administration will establish a clear principle that will govern all decisions pertaining to immigration: we should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people. In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today.

In addition to screening out all members or sympathizers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles – or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law. Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country.

Only those who we expect to flourish in our country – and to embrace a tolerant American society – should be issued immigrant visas. To put these new procedures in place, we will have to temporarily suspend immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism.

As soon as I take office, I will ask the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to identify a list of regions where adequate screening cannot take place. We will stop processing visas from those areas until such time as it is deemed safe to resume based on new circumstances or new procedures.  The size of current immigration flows are simply too large to perform adequate screening.

We admit about 100,000 permanent immigrants from the Middle East every year. Beyond that, we admit hundreds of thousands of temporary workers and visitors from the same regions. If we don’t control the numbers, we can’t perform adequate screening.

By contrast, my opponent wants to increase the flow of Syrian refugees by 550% percent. The United States Senate Subcommittee on Immigration estimates that Hillary Clinton’s plan would mean roughly 620,000 refugees from all current refugee-sending nations in her first term, assuming no cuts to other refugee programs.

This would be additional to all other non refugee immigration. The Subcommittee estimates her plan would impose a lifetime cost of roughly $400 billion when you include the costs of healthcare, welfare, housing, schooling, and all other entitlement benefits that are excluded from the State Department’s placement figures.

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In short, Hillary Clinton wants to be America’s Angela Merkel, and you know what a disaster this massive immigration has been to Germany and the people of Germany – crime has risen to levels that no one thought would they would ever see. We have enough problems in our country, we don’t need another one.

Finally, we will need to restore common sense to our security procedures. Another common feature of the past attacks that have occurred on our soil is that warning signs were ignored.

  • The 9/11 hijackers had fraud all over their visa applications. The Russians warned us about the Boston Bombers, here on political asylum,  and the attackers were even twice interviewed by the FBI.
  • The female San Bernardino shooter, here on a fiancé visa from Saudi Arabia, wrote of her support for Jihad online. A neighbor saw suspicious behavior but didn’t warn authorities, because said they didn’t want to be accused of racially profiling – now many are dead and gravely wounded.
  • The shooter in Orlando reportedly celebrated in his classroom after 9/11. He too was interviewed by the FBI. His father, a native of Afghanistan, supported the oppressive Taliban regime, and expressed anti-American views – and by the way, was just seen sitting behind Hillary Clinton with a big smile on his face all the way through her speech. He obviously liked what she had to say. 

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The Ft. Hood Shooter delivered a presentation to a room full of mental health experts before the attacks in which he threw out one red flag after another. He even proclaimed that “we love death more than you love life!”

These warnings signs were ignored because political correctness has replaced common sense in our society That is why one of my first acts as President will be to establish a Commission on Radical Islam – which will include reformist voices in the Muslim community who will hopefully work with us.

We want to build bridges and erase divisions. The goal of the commission will be to identify and explain to the American public the core convictions and beliefs of Radical Islam, to identify the warning signs of radicalization, and to expose the networks in our society that support radicalization.

This commission will be used to develop new protocols for local police officers, federal investigators, and immigration screeners.

We will also keep open Guantanamo Bay, and place a renewed emphasis on human intelligence.

Drone strikes will remain part of our strategy, but we will also seek to capture high-value targets to gain needed information to dismantle their organizations.

Foreign combatants will be tried in military commissions.

Finally, we will pursue aggressive criminal or immigration charges against anyone who lends material support to terrorism. Similar to the effort to take down the mafia, this will be the understood mission of every federal investigator and prosecutor in the country.

To accomplish a goal, you must state a mission: the support networks for Radical Islam in this country will be stripped out and removed one by one. Immigration officers will also have their powers restored: those who are guests in our country that are preaching hate will be asked to return home.

To Make America Safe Again, We Must Work Together Again.

Our victory in the Cold War relied on a bipartisan and international consensus. That is what we must have to defeat Radical Islamic terrorism. But just like we couldn’t defeat communism without acknowledging that communism exists – or explaining its evils – we can’t defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism unless we do the same.

This also means we have to promote the exceptional virtues of our own way of life – and expecting that newcomers to our society do the same. Pride in our institutions, our history and our values should be taught by parents and teachers, and impressed upon all who join our society.

Assimilation is not an act of hostility, but an expression of compassion. Our system of government, and our American culture, is the best in the world and will produce the best outcomes for all who adopt it.

This approach will not only make us safer, but bring us closer together as a country. Renewing this spirit of Americanism will help heal the divisions in our country. It will do so by emphasizing what we have in common – not what pulls us apart.

This is my pledge to the American people: as your President I will be your greatest champion. I will fight to ensure that every American is treated equally, protected equally, and honored equally.

We will reject bigotry and oppression in all its forms, and seek a new future built on our common culture and values as one American people. Only this way, will we make America Great Again and Safe Again – For Everyone.

Thank you.

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SMART PHONE APP SAYS TRUMP WILL WIN – “These are the same results we saw when he was in the primaries”

 

App maker: Trump will win election

, USA TODAY – August 13, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Despite a majority of opinion polls showing the 2016 presidential election going to Democrat Hillary Clinton, a smartphone app developer says his data suggests challenger Donald Trump will be the victor.

“Based on the stats we see, he looks strong,” says Ric Militi, co-founder of San Diego-based Crazy Raccoons, maker of the Zip question and answer app. His app poses questions and polls responses based on an average of 100,000 daily users. “I go with Trump, based on what we see.”

According to the RealClearPolitics average of opinion polls, which are performed by calling people on landlines and cell phones, and answering questions on websites, Clinton leads with 47.8%, to Trump’s 41.0%.

How can Zip’s results be so different?

“We’re not a poll. We’re a conversation, and 100% anonymous,” Militi says. “People feel comfortable answering questions without fear of being bullied or being called a racist. People can express themselves safely, and you get a pure answer.”

Militi and Zip co-founder Alanna Markey guested on an extended #TalkingTechpodcast episode, explaining why they believe their app can become the “Google of opinions” by using the power of social media instead of calling people on the phone to get their opinions.

Zip, which launched in February, tells consumers the app “resolves debates and sparks conversation,” and suggests that folks use the app to “settle bets, win arguments, find a pick-up line and earn bragging rights.”

Folks can either pose or answer questions and see the instant results from a cross-section of demographics and geography.

The results don’t read like any poll you’ve seen reported in the last weeks, but instead like they have been answered primarily by the most ardent Trump supporters.

Some Zip questions:

— ”New polls suggest Trump is getting crushed by Clinton. Do they reflect how you are going to vote?” Some 64% told Zip they would vote for Trump, compared to 36% for Clinton. In the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, Clinton leads Trump, 42% to 36%.

— ”California, who you voting for?” Trump got 55%, compared to 45% for Clinton. In the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll, Clinton has a 16-point advantage over Trump, 46% to 30%.

Ric Militi, the co-founder of the Zip Q&A app       Ric Militi, the co-founder of the Zip Q&A app (Photo: Jefferson Graham)

Militi insists his replies are a cross-section of voters in age, gender and geography. “These are the same results we saw when he (Trump) was in the primaries,” he says. He contends that most media polls are just flat-out wrong and that smartphone answers are the future.

 

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Our state media wants to destroy Mr. Trump’s candidacy.

CNN: 'We couldn't help Hillary any more than we have'... 

  • Classic journalism consists of the 5 W’s – who? what? when? where? why? These questions are to be answered in a daily series of reports on the interaction of events, facts, ideas and people that make up what we call “News”. Opinions, when offered by journalists and news organizations, were once labeled “Commentary”. This distinction was made so that readers and listeners would be able to clearly separate opinion from News.
  • But oh my, things have radically changed. Classic journalism is dead, replaced by advocacy reporting and openly expressed bias. To put it plainly, our state media wants to destroy Mr. Trump’s candidacy. Anyone watching coverage of this campaign can see it. On TV and in print, every word Trump speaks is put under a microscope and then faulted for one specious reason or another.
  • By contrast, Ms. Clinton refuses to even speak to the media in any serious way. She won’t hold an open press conference, an absurd situation dating back to December 2015. Hillary’s run for president is today a series of canned speeches, photo ops and slick TV ads. And yet our obsequious media not only tolerates this dishonest shell game, they help sell it.
  • We’ve seen this journalistic cynicism before. In the old Soviet Union the official newspaper of the ruling class was called Pravda, which means “truth”. But the beleaguered Russian people knew there was no truth in what their state media was reporting.
  • Sadly, our once proud free press has become Pravda USA.
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“Hillary’ bizarre, erratic behavior on the campaign trail has left many wondering whether she is seriously ill.”

 

Is Something Wrong With Hillary: Bizarre Behavior, Seizure Allegations Raise Doubts About Her Health

As the presidential campaign enters its final stages, probing questions have emerged about the health condition of Hillary Clinton.

Hillary’ bizarre, erratic behavior on the campaign trail (culminating with last week’s perplexing “short-circuit” comment) has left many wondering whether she is seriously ill.  Hillary has at multiple times had convulsions that appear to be seizures on camera, including a series of seemingly inexplicable coughing fits.

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A frequently referenced video, shown below, alleging that Hillary may have seizure-like conditions emerged several weeks ago and has so far failed to lead to a conclusive explanation whether Hillary may have ongoing health problems and potential residual aftereffects from a blood clot in her brain sustained three years ago.

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Recall in January 2013, CNN reported that then Secretary of State Clinton was treated with blood thinners at a New York hospital to help dissolve a blood clot in her head. Back then doctors were confident she would make a full recovery. Clinton was admitted to New York Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday due to the clot that was discovered during a follow-up exam related to a concussion she suffered this month, her spokesman, Philippe Reines, said. The clot was located in the vein between the brain and and the skull behind Clinton’s right ear and did not result in any stroke or neurological damage, her doctors said in a statement.

Going further back, in 2005 then Senator Hillary fainted during a speech in Buffalo, NY, where she received medical attention on site. “About five minutes into the speech, she said she was queasy,” said Erie County Democratic Chairman Len Lenihan, who was at the Women’s TAP fund-raiser at the private club. “Clinton left the podium and continued her talk sitting in a chair but eventually left the room, saying she needed a break, Lenihan said. She returned to the podium a short time later but fainted before resuming her speech. “It became clear she was faint. She was sort of brought down gracefully,” he said.

The room was cleared, and Clinton immediately received medical attention from, among others, a doctor who attended the event.

And so, questions about Hillary’s health remain, especially after photos emerged over the weekend showing Hillary demonstrating unease while climbing stairs.

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Hillary stroke doctor

 

This has led to further speculation about the identity of a man, allegedly part of her secret service, who some has been dubbed as her “handler”, a person who is supposedly her personal doctor

Who is this man who follows Hillary? He’s clearly not SS. Doctor, shrink? Or brainwasher? pic.twitter.com/Jm29bbAByf

As Mike Cernovich points out, here’s a picture of Hillary’s handler before he joined Secret Service. He’s in casual attire

We saw this first “doctor” during Hillary’s recent freeze-up. As the following captures show, Hillary’s handler appears always ready to reassure Hillary, moving Secret Service Agents out of the way, urging her to “keep talking”. According to Cernovich “this handler is not an ordinary SS agent.”

Secret Service agents walk on stage during Hillary Clinton rally

Hillary seizure doctor

Further adding to the mystery, Cernovich also points out – in an unconfirmed report – that the so called “handler” appears to carry a Diazepam pen.

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The device in question is a Diazepam auto-injector pens are used for for Acute Repetitive Seizures. Diazepam is one of the medications prescribed for patients who experience recurrent seizures.

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IRRATIONAL – #NeverTrump republicans will make SCOTUS a far Left playground rather than vote for Him

I don’t think the “the saving the Supreme Court isn’t enough” school of #NeverTrump die-hards has fully or accurately counted the cost of losing the court

Counting the cost of a Supreme Court lost to the Left

  •  It’s the Supreme Court, stupid

A week ago in this space I wrote in support of Donald Trump. I gave three reasons for voting for Trump, beginning with the most important: the fate of the United States Supreme Court.

The fact is that the confirmation of even one Hillary Clinton nominee to the Supreme Court will turn the court in a hard left, almost certainly irreversible direction. This isn’t really debatable.

But my premise that this reality compels a vote for Trump turns out to be very debatable.

Since that column appeared, any number of folks — some of them with significant and deserved reputations for brilliance and integrity, and some of these friends — have argued with the premise that saving the court from its inevitable hard left lurch under Clinton is not reason enough to support Trump.

I had two #NeverTrumpers on my radio show to discuss this ongoing debate. The first, National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke, is a “wet” #NeverTrump. He might yet support the GOP nominee. (Cooke cannot yet vote as he will not be a citizen until next year.) Our conversation is here.

Professor Tom Nichols of the Naval War College is, by contrast, a never-ever-never #NeverTrumper. That’s because Nichols is in the “Trump could start a nuclear war” camp.

If I thought Donald Trump would start a nuclear war, or any sort of war, in a fit of pique I’d be #NeverTrump too. But I don’t, so I’m not. I think it would help Trump to curb this particular line of attack to name his secretary of state, secretary of defense and national security advisor. (My colleague Robert O’Brien has written on this subject  here. Such an action is not illegal despite what some have argued about the applicability of an old statute intended to halt trading jobs for political support.)

But most of the “the Supreme Court doesn’t do it for me” Trump opponents don’t use the “nuclear war looms” argument. Rather, most of the critics of the “save the Supreme Court” argument avoid dealing with the argument by stating flatly that you can’t trust Trump to follow through and select nominees to the Supreme Court from the list of 11 potential nominees Trump provided this spring. They argue that Trump nominees might be as bad as Clinton nominees.

To which I respond: First, you don’t really believe that, do you?

And second, and more to your stated objection, you don’t have to trust him. If he breaks from that list, the GOP-led Senate will be within its rights to refuse to consider the nominee given how central the pledge was to the campaign. The court will remain at its 4-3-1 semi-static position but will not veer off the “living Constitution” cliff.

Other “save the court” rejectionists simply avert their eyes from how bad a hard left Supreme Court would be.

Even some originalists, who have long defended the necessity of a Supreme Court tethered to the original design of the Constitution, have found reasons to shrug their shoulders and say we can live with a couple of Clinton appointees.

The easy abandonment of these life-long positions has been, well, stunning. If a hard-left Supreme Court isn’t that bad after all, what have we been fighting for? Why the upset with court-ordered same-sex marriage, to cite just one example, if we are willing to turn the Supreme Court into an assembly line of such decrees?

In my conversation with Professor Nichols I pointed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s three appointees to the California Supreme Court and suggested — quite plausibly — that these are the sort of lawyers Secretary Clinton will nominate to join the Supreme Court if she becomes President Clinton. All three had been very highly credentialed academics when elevated. All three know very little of the world of actual law firm lawyering. All three are very, very liberal. All three will be on every Clinton short list. One was rejected by the Senate for a federal circuit court position already but will be back, his resume burnished by years on the Golden State’s highest court.

So count on the hard-left activist lawyer that is Secretary Clinton at her core to nominate such jurists as California Supreme Court Justices Goodwin Liu, Mariano Florentino Cuellar, and Leondra Kruger. What will even one such appointee (much less two or three) mean? Again, I refer you to the Nichols interview.

With hardly any effort at all I summoned up a dozen major cases where the switch on the court from 4-4-1 to 5-3-1 would be disastrous, beginning with Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency, which was last year’s court ruling that reined in the EPA from imposing massive costs on the states without proper rule-making procedure and oversight and the Rapanos decision of 2006 which only gently (and barely) rebuked the Army Corps of Engineers from playing havoc with property rights. The prospect of a massive regulatory state with no meaningful judicial oversight at all did not deter the professor.

So I brought up Gonzales v. Carhart, a 2003 5-4 decision that upheld the federal partial birth abortion ban. Clinton’s appointee would surely vote to overturn the partial birth abortion ban if it reached the court again. (And it will with activist circuit courts everywhere populated by Obama-Clinton academics.)

Again the professor was unmoved so I referenced this term’s U.S. v. Texas, where a 4-4 split at SCOTUS left President Obama’s massive unilateralism on immigration stymied.

Then I summoned the Second Amendment, specifically the District of Columbia v. Heller decision in 2008, and McDonald v. City of Chicago in 2010, and then the First Amendment, saved by the 5-4 bell of Citizens United in 2010. All four of those cases governing immigration, guns and speech, would go the other way with a Clinton appointee confirmed. Immigration would essentially be governed by the president, Second Amendment rights would go out the door, and First Amendment rights, speech rights of the non-favored, non-elites would follow.

The professor stood fast. So I asked if he was a person of faith, and he told me he was, so I noted that the 5-4 decision in 2015’s Hobby Lobby protects religious freedom in the United States by the narrowest of threads.

“Saving religious liberty in the Hobby Lobby case, it does not outweigh handing the country to a would-be authoritarian in Donald Trump,” Professor Nichols responded. “You cannot preserve one liberty by trading off all of the other liberties, Hugh.”

So I moved on — to the Printz case in 1997, which halted the impressment of state employees into the federal service; the Lopezdecision, which overturned the Gun Free School Zone Act of 1995; andUnited States v. Morrison, a 2000 case overturning the Violence Against Women Act. All three of those cases, defending the 10th Amendment and structural federalism, were 5-4 cases. All would be wiped away in a Clinton eye blink.

Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court pose for formal group photo in the East Conference Room in Washington

“So the very structure of the Constitution, not just the First Amendment and the Second Amendment and the Tenth Amendment, but federalism and religious liberty, they all get swept away, Tom, if the Court goes,” I argued to the professor. “And that’s forever. That’s not for four years.”

I ended my argument with Professor Nichols by pointing out that the Supreme Court has largely stayed out of political redistricting cases only by the narrowest of margins — that 5-4 vote again — and that with Clinton appointees we can bet on GOP-supervised state redistricting plans being tossed left and right in 2022. With justices of the sort Gov. Brown has appointed in California, I even expect some elegant rule to emerge that saves Democratic gerrymanders while the Republican ones get the vertical file. I’m a cynic about this, yes, but I have been teaching constitutional law for 20 years. I know how the Left plays this. You won’t be surprised to learn that Professor Nichols was unmoved.

So it is with most of the #NeverTrump folks. Point out to them that the Supreme Court is the headwaters of the rule of law and once those headwaters are poisoned with a “living Constitution” jurisprudence, that’s all we are ever going to drink, and they avert their eyes. They don’t really answer.

I don’t think the “the saving the Supreme Court isn’t enough” school of #NeverTrump die-hards has fully or accurately counted the cost of losing the court and I ask — with genuine respect and interest — that they for a moment stop denying Trump’s list and/or the Senate’s authority to enforce it, and instead fully deal with the reality of the fork in the road ahead.

If someone really believes Donald Trump means Armeggedon, of course this won’t matter. But I haven’t seen wagon trains of preppers leaving D.C. There are genuine worries among the foreign policy establishment. I know that. But the certainty of what will happen to the Supreme Court should at least receive from them an honest nod and accounting, not a deflection.

And it ought to be a central argument in every debate about the choice that is ahead in the fall. It isn’t just about Clinton-Trump. It is about the Supreme Court and who is really going to rule this country: Its people, or, to borrow from Justice Antonin Scalia, “a majority of nine unelected judges.”

Hugh Hewitt is a nationally syndicated talk radio host, law professor at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law, and author, most recently of The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and the Coming of a Second “Clinton Era.” He posts daily at HughHewitt.com and is on Twitter @hughhewitt.

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SO WHO WOULD TRUMP NOMINATE?

May 18 – DONALD TRUMP UNVEILS LIST OF HIS TOP PICKS FOR SUPREME COURT

The Donald Trump campaign distributed brief biographical descriptions on Wednesday of the eight men and three women the Republican presidential candidate says he would consider nominating as Supreme Court justices. 

The following are those summaries as Trump’s office distributed them.

Steven Colloton of Iowa is a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, a position he has held since President George W. Bush appointed him in 2003. Judge Colloton has a résumé that also includes distinguished service as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, a Special Assistant to the Attorney General in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, and a lecturer of law at the University of Iowa. He received his law degree from Yale, and he clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Judge Colloton is an Iowa native.

Allison Eid of Colorado is an associate justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. Colorado Governor Bill Owens appointed her to the seat in 2006; she was later retained for a full term by the voters (with 75% of voters favoring retention). Prior to her judicial service, Justice Eid served as Colorado’s solicitor general and as a law professor at the University of Colorado. Justice Eid attended the University of Chicago Law School, and she clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas.

Raymond Gruender of Missouri has been a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit since his 2004 appointment by President George W. Bush. Judge Gruender, who sits in St. Louis, Missouri, has extensive prosecutorial experience, culminating with his time as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. Judge Gruender received a law degree and an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.

Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania has been a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit since 2007. Prior to serving as a circuit judge, he served as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania since 2003. Before his judicial service, Judge Hardiman worked in private practice in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh. Judge Hardiman was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Notre Dame.

Raymond Kethledge of Michigan has been a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 2008. Before his judicial service, Judge Kethledge served as judiciary counsel to Michigan Senator Spencer Abraham, worked as a partner in two law firms, and worked as an in-house counsel for the Ford Motor Company. Judge Kethledge obtained his law degree from the University of Michigan and clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Joan Larsen of Michigan is an Associate Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Justice Larsen was a professor at the University of Michigan School of Law from 1998 until her appointment to the bench. In 2002, she temporarily left academia to work as an Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. Justice Larsen received her law degree from Northwestern and clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia.

Thomas Lee of Utah has been an Associate Justice of the Utah Supreme Court since 2010. Beginning in 1997, he served on the faculty of Brigham Young University Law School, where he still teaches in an adjunct capacity. Justice Lee was Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department’s Civil Division from 2004 to 2005. Justice Lee attended the University of Chicago Law School, and he clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas. Justice Lee is also the son of former U.S. Solicitor General Rex Lee and the brother of current U.S. Senator Mike Lee.

William H. Pryor, Jr. of Alabama is a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He has served on the court since 2004. Judge Pryor became the Alabama Attorney General in 1997 upon Jeff Sessions’s election to the U.S. Senate. Judge Pryor was then elected in his own right in 1998 and reelected in 2002. In 2013, Judge Pryor was confirmed to a term on the United States Sentencing Commission. Judge Pryor received his law degree from Tulane, and he clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

David Stras of Minnesota has been an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court since 2010. After his initial appointment, he was elected to a six-year term in 2012. Prior to his judicial service, Judge Stras worked as a legal academic at the University of Minnesota Law School. In his time there, he wrote extensively about the function and structure of the judiciary. Justice Stras received his law degree and an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas. He clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas.

Diane Sykes of Wisconsin has served as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since 2004. Prior to her federal appointment, Judge Sykes had been a Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court since 1999 and a Wisconsin trial court judge of both civil and criminal matters before that. Judge Sykes received her law degree from Marquette.

Don Willett of Texas has been a Justice of the Texas Supreme Court since 2005. He was initially appointed by Governor Rick Perry and has been reelected by the voters twice. Prior to his judicial service, Judge Willett worked as a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, as an advisor in George W. Bush’s gubernatorial and presidential administrations, as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, and as a Deputy Attorney General under then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Justice Willett received his law degree and a master’s degree from Duke.

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8.8.16 – Transcript from Mr. Trump’s speech at the Detroit Economic Club.

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– AUGUST 08, 2016 –

AN AMERICA FIRST ECONOMIC PLAN: WINNING THE GLOBAL COMPETITION


Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. It’s wonderful to be in Detroit.

We now begin a great national conversation about economic renewal for America. It’s a conversation about how to Make American Great Again for everyone, and especially those who have the very least.

The City of Detroit Is Where Our Story Begins

Detroit was once the economic envy of the world. The people of Detroit helped power America to its position of global dominance in the 20th century.

When we were governed by an America First policy, Detroit was booming. Engineers, builders, laborers, shippers and countless others went to work each day, provided for their families, and lived out the American Dream.

But for many living in this city, that dream has long ago vanished.

When we abandoned the policy of America First, we started rebuilding other countries instead of our own. The skyscrapers went up in Beijing, and in many other cities around the world, while the factories and neighborhoods crumbled in Detroit. Our roads and bridges fell into disrepair, yet we found the money to resettle millions of refugees at taxpayer expense.

Today, Detroit has a per capita income of under $15,000 dollars, about half of the national average. 40 percent of the city’s residents live in poverty, over two-and-half times the national average. The unemployment rate is more than twice the national average. Half of all Detroit residents do not work.

Detroit tops the list of Most Dangerous Cities in terms of violent crime – these are the silenced victims whose stories are never told by Hillary Clinton, but victims whose suffering is no less real or permanent.

In short, the city of Detroit is the living, breathing example of my opponent’s failed economic agenda. Every policy that has failed this city, and so many others, is a policy supported by Hillary Clinton.

She supports the high taxes and radical regulation that forced jobs out of your community…and the crime policies that have made you less safe…and the immigration policies that have strained local budgets…and the trade deals like NAFTA, signed by her husband, that have shipped your jobs to Mexico and other countries… and she supports the education policies that deny your students choice, freedom and opportunity.

She is the candidate of the past.

Ours is the campaign of the future.

This is a city controlled by Democratic politicians at every level, and unless we change policies, we will not change results.

Today, I will outline my economic vision. In the coming weeks, we will be offering more detail on all of these policies, and the ones we have already rolled out can be viewed on my campaign website.

Our opposition, on the other hand, has long ago run out of ideas. All Hillary Clinton has to offer is more of the same: more taxes, more regulations, more bureaucrats, more restrictions on American energy and American production.

If you were a foreign power looking to weaken America, you couldn’t do better than Hillary Clinton’s economic agenda.

Nothing would make our foreign adversaries happier than for our country to tax and regulate our companies and our jobs out of existence.

The one common feature of every Hillary Clinton idea is that it punishes you for working and doing business in the United States. Every policy she has tilts the playing field towards other countries at our expense.

That’s why she tries to distract us with tired political rhetoric that seeks to label us, divide us, and pull us apart.

My campaign is about reaching out to everyone as Americans, and returning to a government that puts the American people first.

Here is what an America First economic plan looks like.

First, let’s talk tax reform.

Taxes are one of the biggest differences in this race.

Hillary Clinton – who has spent her career voting for tax increases – plans another massive job-killing $1.3 trillion-dollar tax increase. Her plan would tax many small businesses by almost fifty percent.

Recently, at a campaign event, Hillary Clinton short-circuited again – to use a now famous term – when she accidentally told the truth and said she wanted to raise taxes on the middle class.

I am proposing an across-the-board income tax reduction, especially for middle-income Americans. This will lead to millions of new good-paying jobs.

The rich will pay their fair share, but no one will pay so much that it destroys jobs, or undermines our ability to compete.

As part of this reform, we will eliminate the Carried Interest Deduction and other special interest loopholes that have been so good for Wall Street investors, and people like me, but unfair to American workers.

Tax simplification will be a major feature of the plan.

Our current tax code is so burdensome and complex that we waste 9 billion hours a year in tax code compliance.

My plan will reduce the current number of brackets from 7 to 3, and dramatically streamline the process. We will work with House Republicans on this plan, using the same brackets they have proposed: 12, 25 and 33 percent. For many American workers, their tax rate will be zero.

While we will develop our own set of assumptions and policies, agreeing in some areas but not in others, we will be focused on the same shared goals and guided by the same shared principles: jobs, growth and opportunity.

These reforms will offer the biggest tax revolution since the Reagan Tax Reform, which unleashed years of continued economic growth and job creation.

We will Make America Grow Again.

In the days ahead, we will provide more details on this plan and how it will help you and your family. It will present a night-and-day contrast to the job-killing, tax-raising, poverty-inducing Obama-Clinton agenda.

The State of New York has already lived through Hillary Clinton’s failed leadership. The Washington Post just published a devastating article on Hillary Clinton’s broken promises. She pledged 200,000 jobs for upstate New York as Senator. But what happened? The Washington Post writes, and I quote: “upstate job growth stagnated overall during her tenure, with manufacturing jobs plunging nearly 25 percent…the former first lady was unable to pass big ticket legislation… Many promised jobs never materialized and others migrated to other states as she turned to her first presidential run…data shows that upstate actually lost jobs during Clinton’s first term.”

Compare that to my record. In a recent New York Post article by Steve Cuozzo, “How Donald Trump Helped Save New York City,” the paper writes that I – and this is a direct quote – “waded into a landscape of empty Fifth Avenue storefronts, the dust-bowl mugging ground that was Central Park and a Wall Street area seemingly on its last legs as companies moved out…almost by force of will — [he] rode to the rescue. Expressing rare faith in the future, he was instrumental in kick-starting the regeneration of neighborhoods and landmarks almost given up for dead.”

This is what I want to do for our country – I want to jumpstart America.

Now let’s look at what the Obama-Clinton policies have done nationally.

Their policies produced 1.2% growth, the weakest so-called recovery since the Great Depression, and a doubling of the national debt.

There are now 94.3 million Americans outside the labor force. It was 80.5 million when President Obama took office, an increase of nearly 14 million people.

The Obama-Clinton agenda of tax, spend and regulate has created a silent nation of jobless Americans.

Home ownership is at its lowest rate in 51 years.

Nearly 12 million have been added to the food stamp rolls since President Obama took office. Another nearly 7 million Americans were added to the ranks of those in poverty.

We have the lowest labor force participation rates in four decades.

58 percent of African-American youth are either outside the labor force or not employed.

1 in 5 American households do not have a single member in the labor force. These are the real unemployment numbers – the five percent figure is one of the biggest hoaxes in modern politics.

Meanwhile, American households are earning more than $4,000 less today than they were sixteen years ago.

The average worker today pays 31.5 percent of their wages to income and payroll taxes. On top of that, state and local taxes consume another 10 percent.

The United States also has the highest business tax rate among the major industrialized nations of the world, at 35 percent. It’s almost 40 percent when you add in taxes at the state level.

In other words, we punish companies for making products in America – but let them ship products into the U.S. tax-free if they move overseas.

This is backwards. All of our policies should be geared towards keeping jobs and wealth inside the United States.

Under my plan, no American company will pay more than 15% of their business income in taxes. Small businesses will benefit the most from this plan. Hillary Clinton’s plan will require small business to pay as much as three times more in taxes than what I am proposing, and her onerous regulations will put them totally out of business. I am going to cut regulations massively.

Our lower business tax will also end job-killing corporate inversions, and cause trillions in new dollars and wealth to come pouring into our country – and into cities like Detroit. To help unleash this new job creation, we will allow businesses to immediately expense new business investments.

No one will gain more from these proposals than low-and-middle income Americans.

My plan will also help reduce the cost of childcare by allowing parents to fully deduct the average cost of childcare spending from their taxes.

We are also going to bring back trillions of dollars from American businesses that is now parked overseas. Our plan will bring that cash home, applying a 10 percent tax. This money will be re-invested in states like Michigan.

Finally, no family will have to pay the death tax. American workers have paid taxes their whole lives, and they should not be taxed again at death – it’s just plain wrong. We will repeal it.

Next comes regulatory reform

As with taxes, I will have one overriding goal when it comes to regulation: I want to keep jobs and wealth in America.

Motor vehicle manufacturing is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the country. The U.S. economy today is twenty-five percent smaller than it would have been without the surge of regulations since 1980.

It is estimated that current overregulation is costing our economy as much as $2 trillion dollars a year – that’s money taken straight out of cities like yours.

The federal register is now over 80,000 pages long. As the Wall Street Journal noted, President Obama has issued close to four hundred new major regulations since taking office, each with a cost to the American economy of $100 million or more.

In 2015 alone, the Obama Administration unilaterally issued more than 2,000 new regulations – each a hidden tax on American consumers, and a massive lead weight on the American economy.

It is time to remove the anchor dragging us down.

Upon taking office, I will issue a temporary moratorium on new agency regulations. My running mate, Mike Pence, signed a similar order when he became governor of Indiana. This will give our American companies the certainty they need to reinvest in our community, get cash off of the sidelines, start hiring for new jobs, and expanding businesses.

I will also immediately cancel all illegal and overreaching executive orders.

Next, I will ask each and every federal agency to prepare a list of all of the regulations they impose on Americans which are not necessary, do not improve public safety, and which needlessly kill jobs. Those regulations will be eliminated.

We are in a competition with the world, and I want America to win. When I am president, we will.

One of the most important reforms of all is trade reform

As Bernie Sanders has said, Hillary Clinton has bad judgment. We’ve seen this bad judgment overseas, in Libya, Iraq, and Syria. We’ve seen it in Iran. We’ve seen it from President Obama, when he gives $150 billion to Iran, the number one terror state, and even gives them $400 million in money-laundered cash as a ransom payment.

But we’ve also seen the terrible Obama-Clinton judgment right here in Detroit.

Hillary Clinton has supported the trade deals stripping this city, and this country, of its jobs and wealth.

She supported Bill Clinton’s NAFTA, she supported China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization, she supported the job-killing trade deal with South Korea, and she supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Let’s talk about South Korea for a moment, because it so perfectly illustrates the broken promises that have hurt so many American workers.

President Obama, and the usual so-called experts who’ve been wrong about every trade deal for decades, predicted that the trade deal with South Korea would increase our exports to South Korea by more than $10 billion – resulting in some 70,000 jobs.

Like Hillary Clinton’s broken promises to New York, these pledges all turned out to be false. Instead of creating 70,000 jobs, it has killed nearly 100,000, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Our exports to South Korea haven’t increased at all, but their imports to us have surged more than $15 billion – more than doubling our trade deficit with that country.

The next betrayal will be the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Hillary Clinton’s closest friend, Terry McAuliffe, confirmed what I have said on this from the beginning: if sent to the Oval Office, Hillary Clinton will enact the TPP. Guaranteed. Her donors will make sure of it.

A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for TPP – and it’s also a vote for NAFTA.

Our annual trade deficit in goods with Mexico has risen from close to zero in 1993 to almost $60 billion. Our total trade deficit in goods hit nearly $800 billion last year.

This is a strike at the heart of Michigan, and our nation as a whole.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, before NAFTA went into effect, there were 285,000 auto workers in Michigan. Today, that number is only 160,000.

Detroit is still waiting for Hillary Clinton’s apology. I expect Detroit will get that apology right around the same time Hillary Clinton turns over the 33,000 emails she deleted.

Hillary Clinton’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be an even bigger disaster for the auto industry. In fact, Ford Motor Company has announced its opposition to the deal.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the U.S. trade deficit with the proposed TPP member countries cost over 1 million manufacturing jobs in 2015.

By far the biggest losses occurred in motor vehicles and parts, which lost nearly 740,000 manufacturing jobs.

Michigan ranks first for jobs lost as a share of state workforce due to the trade deficit with TPP members.

Just imagine how many more automobile jobs will be lost if the TPP is actually approved. That is why I have announced we will withdraw from the deal before that can ever happen. Hillary Clinton will never withdraw from the TPP. She is bought, controlled and paid-for by her donors and special interests.

Because my only interest is the American people, I have previously laid out a detailed 7-point plan for trade reform, available on my website. It includes strong protections against currency manipulation, tariffs against any countries that cheat by unfairly subsidizing their goods, and it includes a renegotiation of NAFTA. If we don’t get a better deal, we will walk away.

At the center of my plan is trade enforcement with China. This alone could return millions of jobs into our economy.

China is responsible for nearly half of our entire trade deficit. They break the rules in every way imaginable. China engages in illegal export subsidies, prohibited currency manipulation, and rampant theft of intellectual property. They also have no real environmental or labor protections, further undercutting American workers.

Just enforcing intellectual property rules alone could save millions of American jobs. According to the U.S. International Trade Commission, improved protection of America’s intellectual property in China would produce more than 2 million more jobs right here in the United States.

Add to that the saved jobs from cracking down on currency cheating and product dumping, and we will bring trillions of dollars in new wealth and wages back to the United States.

Trade has big benefits, and I am in favor of trade. But I want great trade deals for our country that create more jobs and higher wages for American workers. Isolation is not an option, only great and well-crafted trade deals are.

Also critical to our economic renewal will be energy reform

The Obama-Clinton Administration has blocked and destroyed millions of jobs through their anti-energy regulations, while raising the price of electricity for both families and businesses.

As a result of recent Obama EPA actions coal-fired power plants across Michigan have either shut down entirely or undergone expensive conversions. The Obama-Clinton war on coal has cost Michigan over 50,000 jobs. Hillary Clinton says her plan will “put a lot of coal companies and coal miners out of business.”

We will put our coal miners and steel workers back to work.

Clinton not only embraces President Obama’s job-killing energy restrictions but wants to expand them, including going after oil and natural gas production that employs some 10 million Americans.

According to the Heritage Foundation, by 2030, the Obama-Clinton energy restrictions will eliminate another half a million manufacturing jobs, reduce economic output by $2.5 trillion dollars, and reduce incomes by $7,000 dollars per person.

A Trump Administration will end this war on the American worker, and unleash an energy revolution that will bring vast new wealth to our country.

According to the Institute for Energy Research, lifting the restrictions on all sources of American energy will:

  • Increase GDP by more than $100 billion dollars annually, add over 500,000 new jobs annually, and increase annual wages by more than $30 billion dollars over the next 7 years;
  • Increase federal, state, and local tax revenues by almost $6 trillion dollars over 4 decades;
  • Increase totaleconomic activity by more than $20 trillion dollars over the next 40 years.

The reforms I have outlined today are only the beginning

When we reform our tax, trade, energy and regulatory policies, we will open a new chapter in American Prosperity.

We can use this new wealth to rebuild our military and our infrastructure.

As part of this new future, we will also be rolling out proposals to increase choice and reduce cost in childcare, offering much-needed relief to American families. I will unveil my plan on this in the coming weeks that I have been working on with my daughter Ivanka and an incredible team of experts.

Likewise, our education reforms will help parents send their kids to a school of their choice.

We will also give our police and law enforcement the funds and support they need to restore law and order to this country. Without security, there can be no prosperity. We must have law and order.

In the coming days, we will be rolling out plans on all of these items. One of my first acts as President will be to repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare, saving another 2 million American jobs.

We will also rebuild our military, and get our allies to pay their fair share for the protection we provide – saving us countless more billions to invest in our own country.

We also have a plan, on our website, for a complete reform of the Veterans Health Administration. This is something so desperately needed to make sure our vets are fully supported and get the care they deserve.

Detroit – the Motor City – will come roaring back. We will offer a new future, not the same old failed policies of the past.

Our party has chosen to make new history by selecting a nominee from outside the rigged and corrupt system.

The other party has reached backwards into the past to choose a nominee from yesterday – who offers only the rhetoric of yesterday, and the policies of yesterday.

There will be no change under Hillary Clinton – only four more years of Obama.

But we are going to look boldly into the future.

We will build the next generation of roads, bridges, railways, tunnels, sea ports and airports that our country deserves.

American cars will travel the roads, American planes will connect our cities, and American ships will patrol the seas.

American steel will send new skyscrapers soaring.

We will put new American metal into the spine of this nation.

It will be American hands that rebuild this country, and it will be American energy – mined from American sources – that powers this country.

It will be American workers who are hired to do the job.

Americanism, not globalism, will be our new credo.

Our country will reach amazing new heights.

All we have to do is stop relying on the tired voices of the past.

We can’t fix a rigged system by relying on the people who rigged it in the first place.

We can’t solve our problems by relying on the politicians who created them.

Only by changing to new leadership, and new solutions, will we get new results.

We need to stop believing in politicians, and start believing in America.

Before everything great that has ever happened, the doubters have always said it couldn’t be done.

America is ready to prove the doubters wrong.

They want you to think small. I am asking you to think big.

We are ready to dream great things for our country once again.

We are ready to show the world that America is Back – Bigger, and Better and Stronger Than Ever Before.

Thank you, and God Bless You.

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HILLARY EMAIL VICTIM: “Iran confirmed on Sunday that nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri had been hanged for treason”

Clinton discussed executed Iranian scientist on email

Iran confirmed on Sunday that nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri had been hanged for treason. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran confirmed on Sunday that nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri had been hanged for treason. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

By JACQUELINE KLIMAS (@JACQKLIMAS) 8/7/16 12:30 PM

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Hillary Clinton recklessly discussed, in emails hosted on her private server, an Iranian nuclear scientist who was executed by Iran for treason, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Sunday.

“I’m not going to comment on what he may or may not have done for the United States government, but in the emails that were on Hillary Clinton’s private server, there were conversations among her senior advisors about this gentleman,” he said on “Face the Nation.” Cotton was speaking about Shahram Amiri, who gave information to the U.S. about Iran’s nuclear program.

The senator said this lapse proves she is not capable of keeping the country safe.

“That goes to show just how reckless and careless her decision was to put that kind of highly classified information on a private server. And I think her judgment is not suited to keep this country safe,” he said.

Iran confirmed on Sunday that Amiri had been hanged for treason.

“Through his connection with the United States, Amiri gave vital information about the country to the enemy,” a spokesman for the Iranian judiciary said.

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Debate Analysis – “You can’t fact check leadership, and Donald Trump showed himself a leader.”

Trump pulled off presidential

Like Reagan in 1980, viewers saw a Trump who was better than the liberal talking points.

You can’t fact check leadership, and tonight Donald Trump showed himself a leader.

In the run-up to the Hofstra presidential debate, the Clinton campaign mounted a concerted effort to make fact-checking the centerpiece of the event. Campaign manager Robby Mook argued that “it’s unfair to ask that Hillary Clinton both play traffic cop with Trump, make sure that his lies are corrected, and also to present her vision for what she wants to do for the American people.” Mook said that if Trump “lied,” it was moderator Lester Holt’s responsibility to point that out.

Fact-checking has never been an accepted role for debate moderators. Janet Brown, head of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said that a moderator should not “serve as the Encyclopedia Britannica.” And moderator Candy Crowley’s ill-advised intervention against Mitt Romney in 2012 showed why fact checking on the fly is a bad idea.

It was strange that the truth-challenged Clinton would want to make an issue of facts. But there was certainly no shortage of checking. Veteran debate moderator Bob Schieffer said that “the chief fact-checkers are the candidates,” and Clinton and Trump agreed, vigorously challenging each other over facts, policies and opinions. In addition, the social media hive-mind was scrutinizing every word in real time. Anyone who needed to track down a fact had the entire connected world at their disposal.

Even in the pre-internet age, moderators did not see themselves as real-time arbiters of the ground truth. There were five journalists on the stage in October 1980 during the debate between Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Republican challengerRonald Reagan, and none of them felt compelled to question the facts. Carter and Reagan took care of that. Fact checking was the occasion for Reagan’s memorable comment, “there you go again,” when he was taking exception to Carter’s representation of his views on Medicare.

Overall, Carter kept Reagan on the defensive, and the president probably won on points. However, Reagan’s affability and easy manner wore well against Carter’s stern lecturing. Reagan did not come off as the cartoonish, conservative cowboy of Democratic talking points. The Lowell Sun observed, “Ronald Reagan had not self-destructed. He had not made any ill-advised statements that were clearly foolish, as Carter had hoped.

Reagan appeared calm under Carter’s attack. With his polished stage manner, he went a long way in presenting himself as presidential timber.” Many Americans agreed. A Gallup poll two days before the debate showed Reagan trailing Carter 39% to 47%. A week later, Reagan won the election 51% to 41%.

The same words could apply to 2016. Donald Trump did not self-destruct, he did not make foolish statements (whether you agree with him or not), he gave as well as he got. And despite Clinton’s numerous mocking remarks to the contrary, he came off as presidential. And that’s a fact.

James S. Robbins writes weekly for USA Today and is the author of Native Americans: Patriotism, Exceptionalism and the New American Identity.

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