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Did Nikki Haley Just Reveal the Leaders of the 25th Amendment Push?

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Tired of all this #WINNING yet? Yeah, neither am I. – For what seems like the 16,000th time during President Donald Trump’s term in office, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at yet another record high on Monday, as the Trump economy just keeps roaring along. Democrats and fake journalists everywhere were doubling up on their depression meds as the markets closed.

When Nikki Haley speaks, people listen. – When people start surveying the GOP landscape post-Trump, whether that comes in January after being removed from the the presidency by the Senate (which is not likely to happen), in January 2021 after a loss in the 2020 election (also not in the cards) or in January 2025 following the completion of his second term in office (bingo!), the survey inevitably lands to the name of Nikki Haley as one of his most likely successors.

Other names also arise, of course: Names like Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo and Ted Cruz, and the less obvious names like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan and even Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw. Lindsey Graham, with his thrice-weekly appearances on one Fox News evening program or another, is obviously angling for another run at the gig, as are Rand Paul and even Kanye West. But inevitably, the name of Nikki Haley always comes up.

She is, after all, a former successful governor of South Carolina, and a person who, after not really being on board with the Trump Train during the 2016 campaign, created a very high profile for herself as Trump’s very loyal, very aggressive and very outspoken UN Ambassador. Although her record as Governor was decidedly mixed from a conservative perspective, perhaps more than any of Trump’s cabinet-level officials, Haley has stood out as the most aggressive advocate for his international policies.

Thus it is that anything she has to say about the goings-on inside White House during her two-year tenure is given a lot of weight by most Trump supporters. In a Sunday interview with Kelly O’Donnell of CBS, Haley basically accused both then-Chief of Staff John Kelly and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of rank insubordination, even though she said they claimed that was not their intent.

Here’s the key outtake:

Haley recounts a closed-door encounter with then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: “Kelly and Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country … Tillerson went on to tell me the reason he resisted the president’s decisions was because, if he didn’t, people would die. This was how high the stakes were, he and Kelly told me. We are doing the best we can do to save the country, they said. We need you to work with us and help us do it. This went on for over an hour.”

O’Donnell asked, “You memorialized that conversation? It definitely happened?”

“It absolutely happened,” said Haley. “And instead of saying that to me, they should’ve been saying that to the president, not asking me to join them on their sidebar plan. It should’ve been, ‘Go tell the president what your differences are, and quit if you don’t like what he’s doing.’ But to undermine a president is really a very dangerous thing. And it goes against the Constitution, and it goes against what the American people want. And it was offensive.”

[We asked them to respond. John Kelly tells “Sunday Morning”: “If by resistance and stalling she means putting a staff process in place … to ensure the (president) knew all the pros and cons of what policy decision he might be contemplating so he could make an informed decision, then guilty as charged.”]

Undermining a president from the inside is indeed a very dangerous thing, as Haley notes, and her accusation against Kelly and Tillerson rings true given everything else we know about the two men and their behavior while serving in those positions. Tillerson repeatedly made his personal disdain for the President and his lack of support for Trump policies related to North Korea, China and other parts of the world very clear while serving as SOS, which is the main reason why his tenure in the office was so short. Kelly’s first move after moving into his Chief of Staff role was not to go after the myriad leakers inside the White House, but rather to cut the President off from his most loyal supporters and start to systematically force them out of their jobs.

Rumors have run rampant for more than two years now that both men were willing participants in the mid-2017 plot to dummy up a rationale for removing Trump from office under the 25th Amendment, a plot we know beyond any reasonable doubt that Rod Rosenstein was a part of. If you believe in the whole “where there’s smoke there’s fire” paradigm, it seems extremely likely that those persistent rumors must have some basis in reality.

If Haley’s contention about the approach by Tillerson and Kelly is accurate – and there is little reason to believe that it is not – then it would be consistent with a move that would be made as a part of a larger 25th amendment effort targeting the President. Haley’s contention here, and cryptic use of the term “sidebar plan,” is troubling in the extreme, and Tillerson’s refusal to even respond to it does not reflect well on him. Kelly’s response, which does not in any way address the accusation, may be even worse.

As mentioned earlier, Haley’s interview – promoting her new book – is also a not-so-subtle attempt to keep herself in the public eye, ready to quickly move in the unlikely event of Trump’s actual removal by the Senate. The following passage reveals that part of her personal agenda:

Haley insists she has no immediate plans to run for any office, including the presidency, and as she departed the Trump administration last year she said, “I can promise you what I’ll be doing is campaigning for this one.”

She told O’Donnell, “A year is a long time in politics. It really is a lifetime in politics. And so, I think what’s best for me is take it a year at a time and see what happens.”

With her new book, lucrative speaking engagements, and a seat on the corporate board of Boeing, Nikki Haley acknowledges there are still chapters to be written:  “I’m too young to stop fighting. I’ll always be out there. I’ll always use the power of my voice for what I believe is good.”

So, whether the jumping off point becomes early 2020, early 2021 or the 2024 election campaign, you can be sure that Nikki Haley will be vying to become the face of the GOP in the wake of the Trump presidency. Lining herself up as this President’s most loyal and vocal supporter helps her cause immensely.

That is all.

 

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Mike Pence is Right: Ilhan Omar Has no Place on the Foreign Affairs Committee

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Why did it take so long? – It took a Brooklyn jury well over a week to come back with a verdict finding Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman guilty, at long last. What are they putting in the water in Brooklyn that made this so hard? Seriously, unless there was some serious jury tampering going on, how could there possibly be any reasonable doubt in anyone’s mind that one of the most vicious, brutal and guilty beasts on the face of the earth was on trial here?

At any rate, the brute will remain behind bars for a long, long time, most likely the rest of his sorry life, so at least justice was done in the end.  But damn, where was the doubt here?

Another no good terrible very bad day for the Enemy Within. – Minnesota’s radical Muslim Democrat Ilhan Omar had another bad, and frankly idiotic day on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, as the fallout from her anti-Semitic tweet storm on Monday continued.

First, a clever parliamentary maneuver by the GOP minority in the House forced a vote on a resolution affirming America’s support for Israel and condemning those who endorse “movements that deny Israel’s right to exist,” something Omar has done repeatedly in the past. The move caught Democrats by surprise, and the many anti-Semitic among them had to scramble to decide whether to reveal their true nature or vote “yes” on the language.

In the end, all those present decided to support the language, resulting in a 424-0 vote in favor. Amazingly, not one of the media outlets has chosen to report on the only real salient question here, which is how did the Enemy Within vote on the measure? After all, the House has 435 members, so 11 are unaccounted for in that 424 number. We know that two voted “present”, but what about the others? The fake news media appears incapable of finding out.  Amazing.

Regardless, the unanimous vote amounts to a clear rebuke of Omar and her fellow anti-Semites on Capitol Hill.

A little earlier in the day, the Enemy Within used a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee – on which San Fran Nan has chosen to plant her – to ask Special Envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams completely off-topic “questions” that were really just accusations. The topic of the hearing was ostensibly the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in the socialist utopia of Venezuela, but Omar decided this would be a great opportunity to hurl accusations and insults at Abrams about his supposed role in … wait for it … the IRAN CONTRA SCANDAL!

I kid you not, the Enemy Within is so depraved, so despicable, such a typical…well…such a typical Democrat that she spent her entire allotted 5 minutes reading insults at Abrams from a document someone else had written for her. Her performance was so juvenile and inappropriate that even the ultra-leftwing Daily Beast published a post condemning her actions.

Don’t misunderstand – I have no sympathy at all for Elliott Abrams, a war-mongering neo-con who should not have any role whatsoever in a Trump Administration, and am frankly befuddled why Secretary of State Pompeo chose him for what is supposed to be a “peace-making” role. But witnesses at any congressional hearing, regardless of their backgrounds or which political party happens to be in the majority, should expect committee members to stick to the supposed reason for the hearing in their questioning. And no witness should be expected to sit quietly by as a member of congress, conveniently exempt from the nation’s laws governing libel and slander, impugns their reputation with ad hominem attacks in a public hearing.

Granted, Omar’s behavior in yesterday’s hearing has become just par for the Democrat course over the past two years, but when you’re a Democrat and your behavior is so far out of accepted norms that you draw the condemnation of a leftwing lapdog fake media outlet like the Daily Beast, you have definitely gone too far.

More than anything else, Omar’s despicable behavior yesterday proves exactly how wrong it is for this Enemy Within to have a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Simply condemning her anti-Semitic remarks is not enough – Speaker Pelosi needs to take some real action where this garbage member of congress is concerned. As Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday, she should remove the Enemy Within from the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Warning: Don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen. These are Democrats we’re talking about here.

That is all.

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That Time President Trump Refused To Play The Democrats Bad Faith Game

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Oh, no, what will the nation do without him in the race? Wait, who’s he again? – Billionaire Tom Steyer – the fake environmental activist who accumulated his wealth via coal investments – announced yesterday that he won’t be running for president, and will instead focus his efforts on bribing and bullying Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump. Thus, he gives up one hopeless, very costly pursuit for another.

Upon reading the “news” of Steyer’s decision not to enter the Democrat nomination race, 98% of Americans will look at their spouse or pet cat and say, “Who the hell is Tom Steyer?” But hey, all but two or three potential Dem candidates will generate the same reaction.

They should put the Chuck and Nancy Show on CBS. They’d fit right in with Murphy Brown, and get better ratings because they’re actually funny. – Speaker San Fran Nan and Senate Minority Leader Chuckie Schumer are becoming a regular item in Washington DC and on social media these days. They’ve appeared together in public more often in the last two weeks than Jeff Bezos and his wife McKenzie have in the last two years.

The pair’s hysterically wooden performance in the wake of President Donald Trump’s border crisis speech Tuesday night spawned more fantastic memes on Twitter than even the demented ignoramus Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has generated since her accidental election last November.  Here’s a great example:

What a hoot they are. Much funnier than Abbot and Costello – can’t wait to see their version of “Who’s on First?” just because I want to see what position they put Kamala Harris in.  (Think about it.)

Anyway, the Chuck and Nancy Show aired another episode outside the White House on Wednesday afternoon following yet another meeting on the border issue to which the pair showed up with no intention to negotiate in good faith. When San Fran Nan rudely interrupted President Trump as he was making his opening statement and passing out candy (really: he passed out candy), saying that she would never agree to any funding for a border wall, Trump said “Then we have nothing to discuss.  Bye-bye!” (apparently a direct quote) and left the room.

That was when Chuck and Nancy scurried out to the leering press assembled outside the White House portico and recited their talking points for all the fake journalists to include in their fake stories on the meeting that had just failed. That’s how the game works.

Despite all the hair-on-fire fake reporting by our fake news media, this was the best thing the President could have done. The worst thing he could have done would have been to make more concessions to the Democrats like those that were made during the working session involving Vice President Mike Pence and Democrat and GOP congressional staff that took place over the weekend, without getting anything from the Dems in return other than the promise to go back to Chuck and Nancy and see what they had to say.

I’ve been in several negotiating sessions with Democrat congressional staff myself over the years, and here’s how that game works.  The Rs agree to make changes in a bill’s language on the condition they get X from the Ds, but the Democrat staffers claim they have to check with their members before they can include X in the bill. But first, they insist on revising the working draft to include the new language so their members can see it better.  The meeting then adjourns with the new concessions from the Rs included in the bill’s working draft.

At the next meeting, the D staffers inform the Rs that their members are not willing to meet their conditions but now insist that the new language remain included in the bill’s working draft because the Rs have already “agreed” with it. If the Rs object, the Ds run to their contacts at the Washington Post and the next morning the Rs are greeted with a WaPo story that accuses them of not negotiating in good faith. The R staffers then get called into their own members’ offices and chastised for screwing things up.

This is the bad-faith game the Ds have played and the Rs have fallen for over many decades now, and it’s exactly what happened related to the border bill over the weekend. President Trump obviously realized that, and is not in any mood to continue playing that particular game.

So he did what any smart negotiator would do when it is obvious the other side has no intention of negotiating in good faith and broke up the useless meeting so he could focus his time and energy on actual productive efforts. It’s just another example of him bringing his tactics from the business world into his role as President.

Good for him. He should begin every future meeting on this topic in exactly the same manner until Pelosi and Schumer either show up prepared to make concessions of their own or send representatives in their place who will. He’s going to get the bad press regardless of what happens because that’s what our fake news media does, so he might as well hold firm until he gets at least part of what he wants.

It sure would be nice if Pence and the other Republicans involved in this process would wake up and behave accordingly. But that’s probably too much to ask of a bunch of people who are afraid of their own shadows when it comes to our fake news media.

That is all.

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Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) – 5.1.2017

  • We here in the Fake News Media want you to think today is something noble.:  Today is May Day, which our fake news media will tell you all means it is “International Workers Day”.  What the fake news media won’t tell you is that May Day is a celebration that originated in the Soviet Union, and is actually a celebration of communism.  Which means all the progressives, social justice warriors and Bernie Sanders will be breaking the bubbly.
  • She didn’t leave the commies, the commies left her.:  Speaking of commies, even San Fran Nan Pelosi, that doddering, terminally confused leader of the congressional Democrats, is not radical enough for those celebrating Lenin and Stalin today.  Her apparent lack of being quite stupid and out of touch with anyone outside of San Francisco enough for the Party’s ruling commie faction has led Senator Bernie Sanders to recruit a commie challenger for her when she runs for re-election next year.  Man, it really is tough times to be in the Democrat “leadership” these days.
  • It’s called projection.:  Speaking of the Fake News Media, they had their annual celebration of faking the news in Washington DC on Saturday evening.  Some really bad comic who no one over 16 has ever heard of emceed the event, at one point referring to Trump supporters as “his back country hick voters.”  Meanwhile, speaker after speaker – including the Washington Posts’s Bob Woodward, who also used his speech to give out a commercial for Amazon stock – got up and felt the need to assure the audience that “we are not fake news.”  Note to those speakers:  If you feel the need to publicly claim you aren’t “fake news”, you probably are.
  • Fake, but predictable.:  In other words, the Fake News Media did exactly what President Donald Trump predicted they would do:  They gave themselves a big congratulatory hug, profanely attacked the Administration, demonstrated zero sense of self-awareness or introspection about their collective abandonment of their intended role in this society as the protector of the public interest, and proved that they are indeed, in coordination with the Democrats, the Opposition Party.  Then again, expecting these people to engage in introspection is like expecting your cat to quit shedding on your favorite pillow.  Ain’t gonna happen.
  • They reached that point around November 9, Mike.:  Meanwhile, President Trump held a rally before a huge and raucus crowd in Pennsylvania to celebrate the end of his first 100 days in office.  Vice President Mike Pence, while warming up the crowd, blamed “left-wing activists and their willing allies in the media” for “ignoring the facts and spreading that fake news. He’s driving them all a little bit crazy.”  Which just proves that our Vice President remains a master of under-statement.
  • She’s a feminist hero, after all.:  HeatStreet reports that Linda Sarsour, a pro-terrorist, pro-sharia law activist who has ironically served as a major organizer of “women’s” marches around the country, is now a protected client of the Democrat National Committee.  DNC Vice Chairman Michael Blake – a radical holdover of the Obama Administration – Tweeted this out over the weekend:  “Making it real clear. If you keep coming after [Linda Sarsour], we’re going to respond directly, consistently, and with all heart and soul.”  Thus, the very public and transparent co-option of the Democratic Party by radical Islam proceeds apace.
  • Has anyone seen Joe Biden recently?:  PJ Media reports that someone in Waynesboro, VA has been going around kidnapping cats, shaving their underbellies and then returning them home in the dead of night.  No word if this guy – or gal – was an attendee at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, but he would have fit right in at the MSNBC table.

Just another day in fake news media, cat-shaving America.

That is all.

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Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) – 4.13.2017

  • That must have been a hell of a meeting.:  China’s military posted a warning on its official website to North Korea not to cross its “bottom line”.  A few minutes later, the warning was mysteriously taken down.  Too late – it had already been screen-grabbed by many enterprising souls, and is now making the rounds across the web. This warning comes in the wake of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s meeting over the weekend with President Donald Trump.  Earlier in the week, China turned away three North Korean coal ships from their ports, a huge development since coal is the main export from North Korea to China.  Meanwhile, there are reports that key NK government leaders have fled Pyongyang, the nation’s capital, and are holing themselves up in bunkers.  The crazy little fat guy is getting nervous.
  • President Trump said on Wednesday that U.S.-Russia relations may be “at an all-time low.”  Fake journalists across the fake news media spun that statement into an admission that Vladimir Putin is Trump’s bestest buddy ever.  Film at 11.
  • She thinks MSNBC is just too darn conservative.:  Former Clinton advisor Jennifer Palmieri, in a discussion panel in Washington DC yesterday, made the hilarious claim that the fake news media is “much harder” on Democrats than Republicans, and was highly biased AGAINST The Most Corrupt Woman in America during the campaign.  No word if Ms. Palmieri also believes that up is down, black is white, that there really is an alien mother ship deep beneath the ice in Antarctica, or that Colonel Sanders is still alive and partnering with the Illuminati to dominate the globe, but it seems likely.
  • Of course, they also feel unsafe watching re-runs of “Gilligan’s Island.”:  With Vice President Mike Pence scheduled to deliver Notre Dame’s commencement speech on May 21, some of the university’s snowflakes are feeling “unsafe”.  So two of these pitiful creatures have started a cute campaign complete with a fancy hashtag called #notmycommencementspeaker.  “For me personally, [Pence] represents the larger Trump administration,” One of the lead snowflakes told the university’s newspaper. “His administration represents something, and for many people on our campus, it makes them feel unsafe to have someone who openly is offensive but also demeaning of their humanity and of their life and of their identity.”  How did these people ever make their way past pacifiers and diapers?  If I or any my friends had behaved this way when we were in college, we’d have gotten our butts kicked, and deservedly so.
  • What could possibly go wrong?  Oh, wait…:  HUD Secretary Ben Carson visited a public housing project in Miami as a part of his nationwide listening tour, and immediately got stuck in a malfunctioning elevator for 20 minutes.  Hard to believe an elevator built by the federal government doesn’t work properly, isn’t it?
  • Tired of winning yet?:  After the Obama Administration ignored the case for six years, a joint U.S.-Mexico task force yesterday arrested the main suspect in the 2010 killing of Border Control Agent Brian Terry.  For those unfamiliar with this case, Agent Terry’s murder led to the exposure of Obama’s “Fast and Furious” operation, in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms sold guns to known Mexican criminals in Phoenix with the alleged intention of tracking them down once they went back into Mexico.  Mr. Terry was murdered during one of those tracking operations.  The Obama Administration was intent upon covering up “Fast and Furious” and everything surrounding it, and it basically covered up the Terry killing as well.  And so another Obama disgrace gets resolved in the first 90 days of the Trump Administration.

Just another day in not-so-fast-and-furious America.

That is all.

 

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