Trump puts CNN in its place

First published January 11, 2017 in the Toronto Sun News

Like a pack of junkyard dogs, the media has salivated (and drooled) in anticipation of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump’s first post-election press conference.

But the mainstream media was quickly put in their place.

In a raucous exchange, Trump trumped the badgering of CNN’s Jim Acosta, when he refused to take the reporter’s question.

This, because the network turned over tons of on-air real estate (thereby lending credence) to yet another intelligence report about how Russia rigged the election.

Acosta kept trying to get in his question.

“You are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir? Sir, can you …”

Trump shut him down.

“You are fake news. Go ahead,” said the president-elect, dismissing the accusatory Acosta.
After CNN’s concerted effort to rig the election in Democrat Hillary Clinton’s favour by pumping out fake news and polls, it was nice to see Trump finally put CNN in its biased place.

The press conference was dominated by questions about a newly leaked report by outgoing President Barack Obama’s intelligence agencies that Trump’s campaign advisers conspired with Russia to win the election.

“I think it’s a disgrace … That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do,” Trump insisted.

Clearly, the intelligence community has declared jihad on Trump as payback for doubting its claims that Russia rigged the election in his favour. On the eve of his press conference, the spy agencies leaked a two-page memo of “unverified allegations” that they had given Trump last week.

Among the filthy allegations were that Kremlin officials conspired with Trump’s campaign staff to undermine Clinton’s campaign and win the election. The report claimed that Russian officials had evidence they could use to blackmail Trump.

“Would a reasonable observer say that you are potentially vulnerable to blackmail by Russia or by its intelligence agencies?” asked a reporter.

To which Trump responded:

“Lemme just tell you what I do. When I leave our country, I’m a very high-profile person, would you say? I am extremely careful,” he said, adding he always advises those with him on foreign trips “be very careful, because in your hotel rooms and no matter where you go, you’re gonna probably have cameras.”

During the press conference, Trump hammered the report as fake news devised to undermine his presidency.

He also reiterated his commitment to building a wall along the Mexican border. He vowed to protect American jobs by slapping companies with “a major border tax” for taking production out of the U.S.

He added that “Obamacare is the Democrats’ problem. We are going to take the problem off the shelves for them.”

But the other noteworthy news — unfortunately eclipsed by the Russia conspiracy stuff — were remarks made by Trump’s tax attorney Sheri Dillon. She outlined the myriad ways Trump went above and beyond the requirements of the law to divest himself from any potential conflicts of interest.

Dillon said Trump has even addressed “any potential problems that could arise from foreign dignitaries staying in his hotels.” He will “donate all profits from foreign government payments made to his hotels to the United States Treasury.”

When did Obama donate any profits from his books to taxpayers? That was rhetorical.

Indeed, we have someone in the White House who knows the value of money and will treat taxpayers’ money like his own.

Democrats wage war on Trump’s nominees

First published January 10, 2017 in the Toronto Sun News

Desperately gasping for any oxygen they can find, Democrats are making yet another run at the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency.

This time they’re trying to block Trump’s cabinet nominees during Senate confirmation hearings by painting them as a bunch of racists, billionaires, warmongers, union haters — or all of the above. This, despite the fact that many of Trump’s picks — like State Department nominee Rex Tillerson — held real jobs their entire lives. You get the drift.

Democrats are whining incessantly that Trump is trying to pack too many hearings into one day.

Never mind that President Barack Obama and former president George W. Bush held five or more confirmation hearings in a single day. On Wednesday, the Senate will hold five confirmation hearings and Thursday it scheduled three, which is hardly unprecedented (as the left keeps repeating, in hopes we’ll believe that lie … just like the fake polls).

But as we witnessed during the 2016 election, the left doesn’t apply the standard of objectivity or parity when it comes to Trump. The left applies the standard of double standard, in fact.

Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Alabama’s Sen. Jeff Sessions, kicked off the first day on Tuesday of what’s sure to be a contentious week of confirmation hearings.

For starters, Democrat Sen. “Dick” Durbin couldn’t wait to try to knock out Sessions appearing before the Senate judiciary committee.

In an effort to falsely paint Sessions as a racist, Durbin noted that he (Durbin) invited former drug dealer Alton Mills to the hearing.

Mills is the black convicted drug courier whose sentence Obama commuted in 2015, after Mills served 22 years in prison for delivering crack cocaine “to make ends meet.”

Instead of blaming Mills for breaking the law, Durbin trashed Sessions for not supporting changing America’s federal mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for non-violent drug crimes.

Durbin said the law disproportionately impacts black men, implying that Sessions was a racist.

Perhaps, black men should stop committing drug-related crimes so they wouldn’t have to worry about doing the time. And maybe liberals, like Durbin, should be reminded that Sessions, as attorney general of Alabama, prosecuted a KKK member who lynched a black teenager in 1981.

“I abhor the Klan and what it represents and its hateful ideology,” Sessions added in his opening statement for his nomination hearing.

But Durbin’s denigration of Sessions wasn’t nearly done.

Durbin introduced an illegal alien who served in the military and whom he had invited to the hearing to bolster the Democrats’ push for amnesty.

The man had been brought to the U.S by his illegal alien parents and was allowed to remain in the country thanks to Obama’s executive order — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — which granted amnesty to about 750,000 illegal aliens.

By introducing the illegal alien veteran, Durbin made the point — as many Democrats have before — that the young man wouldn’t have been able to protect and serve America were it not for Obama’s amnesty order.

Sessions sounds like a man who will follow the laws of our land, something that Obama has managed to circumvent for eight years.

The real problem Senate Democrats seem to have with Trump’s cabinet picks is they’re not Hillary Clinton’s. And thank heavens they never will be. The real spectacle in this week’s confirmation hearings looks like it will be Democrats stooping to new lows of indecency.

U.S. intelligence officials clinging to power

First published January 8, 2017 in the Toronto Sun News

“Russia, Russia, Russia,” that’s who the left and some on the right blame or credit for president-elect Donald Trump’s triumph over Hillary Clinton.

GOP Senator John McCain, chairman of the senate armed services committee, scheduled a hearing, purportedly to get to the bottom of the alleged Russian conspiracy.

But come on — it was really a hearing for the old codger to exert his waning influence as the Trump administration begins to assemble, as well as a deliberate attempt to soil the credibility and legitimacy of the 45th president.

President Barack Obama’s intelligence officials, who were trotted out by the committee to testify, were more than happy to oblige McCain’s smear of Trump (who has vowed to overhaul the nation’s intelligence agencies).

You see, it’s all about these government bureaucrats clinging to their power.

After preparing a top secret 50-page report for Obama, James Clapper, director of national intelligence, testified that he and his comrades believed without a doubt that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 election.

Clapper characterized Russia’s meddling in the election as moving beyond the cyberattack of the Democratic National Committee e-mail to “activism.”

Along with spreading fake news on social media, Clapper said the Kremlin used the Russian government-funded RT America channel to pump out news “disparaging our system, our alleged hypocrisy about human rights.”

Well duh, that’s what the Russians do. RT is a hard charging, anti-American propaganda machine whose mission is to help fulfil Russian President Vladimir Putin’s campaign to make Russia great again on the world stage.

But the bigger problem here was the failure of U.S. intelligence.

“Whatever crack, fissure, they could find in our tapestry … they would exploit it,” Clapper added.

If it turns out that the Kremlin is to blame for the hack, what this looks like is an embarrassment for Obama’s top spies who couldn’t prevent it. Note to Barack Obama: feckless foreign policies have consequences.

U.S. intelligence still isn’t absolutely certain (without a doubt) that Russia interfered with the election. This top-secret report concludes that Putin directed the cyberattacks to rig the election. It also mentioned U.S. intelligence officials intercepted messages from the Russians who cheered Trump’s victory.

I was happy that Trump won and I’m not Russian.

Buried in a Washington Post story, reporters wrote that U.S. officials said “although the messages were seen as strong indicators of Moscow’s intent and clear preference for Trump, they were not regarded as conclusive evidence of Russian intelligence agencies’ efforts to achieve that outcome.”

No wonder Trump is skeptical and dubious of these claims.

The article noted that U.S. officials warned that such communication “signals intelligence” which can be taken out of context and isn’t always reliable, because the Kremlin is a cagey and formidable adversary.

Buried even deeper, the Washington Post reported that the messages from Russian officials revealed that they thought Hillary was going to win, and were stunned when she didn’t.

This “intelligence” report appears to be anything but conclusive.

But that hasn’t stopped the liberal news media and the left from trying to take down Trump — even in the face of his obvious victory and fast-approaching ascension to the presidency.

As I’ve argued on multiple occasions, the “who” behind the leaked e-mails doesn’t change what they say.

Those e-mails exposed to the American people the dishonesty and ruthlessness of the DNC and the liberal media, which colluded with Hillary’s campaign to elect her at any cost — including propagating fake polls. The ever-diligent DNC staff worked assiduously to take out Hillary’s competitor, Sen. Bernie Sanders, in the primaries.

Maybe we actually needed Russia or somebody to dump some intelligence on voters and level the playing field in the 2016 election.

After all, Hillary had the left-wing media trying to dishonestly rig the election in her favour.

Obama’s legacy a nightmare

First published December 27, 2016 in the Toronto Sun

After grinding America into the dirt, stabbing Israel in the back (and front), and ceding world influence to Russia, President Barack Obama bragged he would have been a better candidate than Hillary.

And his royal highness brayed he could have beaten President-elect Donald J. Trump.

Looks like Obama really believed Barbara Walters who said he was “the Messiah” and his staff who obsequiously dubbed him “Black Jesus.”

The arrogance and denial overflowing from Obama never ceases to amaze.

Obama’s acknowledgment, finally, that Hillary ran an awful, over-confident campaign, was right.

“If you think you’re winning, then you have a tendency, just like in sports, maybe to play it safer,” Obama said in his interview with former White House adviser David Axelrod.

And the same goes for a president who’s delusional about his legacy.

Gloating as he often does — even in the face of defeat — Obama said:

“I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I — if I had run again and articulated it — I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” Obama told Axelrod.

Obama’s “vision” over the past eight years is exactly what Americans rejected. First and foremost, is his no-growth economy where unemployment has gone down only because adults have given up looking for work.

Then there’s the culture war Obama waged on America, mandating public colleges give transgender students bathroom choices, along with forcing Christians (in the private sector) to bake cakes for gay weddings. And of course, we can’t forget Obama’s praising the bogus Black Lives Matter movement, while demonizing police.

Let’s not forget Obama’s absence from the world stage and his do-nothing foreign policy which gave rise to ISIS in Syria and elevated Russian President Vladimir Putin to be the defining voice in the Middle East. Because Obama kept dithering, President Bashar Assad — with the help of Putin and Iran and China — has committed genocide on his people.

Of course, Obama’s destabilization of the Middle East wouldn’t have been complete without his Iran overture. After 35 years of U.S., Obama gave the terrorist regime that vows to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, a nuclear bomb and $400 million in cash.

Of course Obama’s love of Muslim terrorists and contempt for American greatness wouldn’t be complete without his parting gift to Israel. Last week, he refused to veto the United Nations Security Council resolution condemning the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. His contempt is predictable, considering Obama urged Israel to return to the pre-1967 war territory lines as a start of peace talks with Palestinians.

Yet against the backdrop of Obama’s eight-year nightmare, he thinks he could have beaten Trump.

“President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me. He should say that but I say NO WAY!” Trump tweeted.

Exactly right! Obama was a failure for the country and the Democrat Party. Thanks to Obama’s vision, Republicans won the presidency, control of Congress, and in 25 states — Republicans control both the state legislatures and governorships.

But Obama didn’t stop waxing prosaic on his formidable candidacy and faux legacy.

“See, I think the issue was less that Democrats have somehow abandoned the white working class, I think that’s nonsense. Look, the Affordable Care Act benefits a huge number of Trump voters. There are a lot of folks in places like West Virginia or Kentucky who didn’t vote for Hillary, didn’t vote for me, but are being helped by this … The problem is, is that we’re not there on the ground communicating not only the dry policy aspects of this, but that we care about these communities, that we’re bleeding for these communities.”

What? Working-class union voters in coal-producing states like West Virginia, Kentucky watched their jobs evaporate under Obama, who declared a war on coal. Those same blue-collar workers are now choosing between paying their mortgage or their UNAffordable Obamacare premiums. The problem wasn’t that Democrats didn’t communicate their message well, it’s that voters didn’t want Hillary’s four more years of Obama’s failed, crushing policies.

From the start of his campaign, Trump vowed to go after the blue-collar white voters in Democrat stronghold states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania that Hillary took for granted.

Not only did Trump beat Hillary among white men without a college education (by more than Ronald Reagan beat Walter Mondale in his historic 1984 landslide), but he also equaled Reagan’s margin among non-college-educated white women. According to exit polls conducted by CNN, Trump won white union members without a college degree by 58%, to Hillary’s 32%.

It may have taken eight years for Americans to see Obama’s vision wasn’t filled with sunshine and lollipops. But in 2016, voters saw through Obama’s transformational lies and there is no way they would have rallied behind “Black Jesus” a third time!

Sore losers blaming Russia for Hillary’s defeat

First published December 20, 2016 in the Toronto Sun News

When will it sink into the Democrat Party’s collective psyche that Donald Trump won the election fairly and they need to get over it?

First, liberals fuelled a “faithless electors” campaign to get 538 members of the Electoral College to vote against the will of the people. But even though seven electors went rogue, electors confirmed Trump the winner Monday. One would think this would settle matters.

But Bill Clinton and Hillary revealed what a graceless loser looks like. Taking questions in a Katonah, N.Y. bookstore, the Record-Review reported Bill blamed Hillary’s loss on FBI Director James Comey re-opening the investigation into her use of a private email.

Then Bill doubled-down on trashing Trump.

“He doesn’t know much. One thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him,” Clinton replied to a man who asked if Trump was smart.

Speaking to big donors at New York City’s Plaza Hotel, Hillary blamed the Russia email hacks for her loss, saying Russia had “a personal beef against me.”

The reality is Americans have a beef with the Clintons — they’re sick and tired of them.

Even President Barack Obama has joined the why-Hillary-lost-the-election excuse-making train. While Hillary was riding high in the fake polls and trumped-up headlines before the election, Obama dismissed concerns about Russia hacking the election. But he too can’t come to grips with the reality of Hillary’s epic loss, so is changing his tune.

In a press conference full of histrionics, Obama declared he was confident Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hacking of the Democratic National Committee email system and that of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. For added drama, Obama said the “intelligence” he’d seen convinced him Putin tampered with the U.S. election.

“Our goal continues to be to send a clear message to Russia and others not to do this to us because we can do stuff to you,” warned Obama.

You mean like all the stuff Obama has done to Russia since Putin helped his thug buddy President Bashar al-Assad butcher, burn and bomb Syrians over the past six years?

Never mind, let’s stay focused on Obama’s Russia hysteria. If Obama had such Red Fever about election rigging, why didn’t he order a comprehensive review of the cyber attacks before Nov. 8? Moreover, Obama reads presidential daily briefs prepared by the CIA, and places utter confidence in them. So he could have easily called for an investigation before the election.

If Comey could complete a second investigation into Hillary’s private email use, reading through thousands of emails in mere days, surely Obama could have investigated the hacking swiftly.

But Obama also conceded in his partisan, double-speak press conference that the hacked emails were “not some elaborate, complicated espionage scheme.” In other words, whoever was behind the leaked emails didn’t change the content. The emails revealed that the DNC was in the tank — from day one — to rig the primary process against Bernie Sanders, to make Hillary the Democrat presidential nominee. And the liberal media was in the tank to do anything and everything possible, including spreading fake news, to help elect Hillary president.

Obama complaining that the media didn’t treat his Hillary “fairly” is laughable. Day in and day out, the liberal mainstream media was obsessed with bashing Trump as a lecherous, nativist, racist man, who was Putin’s puppet, and everything else notorious in between. Only Trump wasn’t. To Obama’s point, the American people made an assessment of Hillary and her emails — those that were both hacked and those stored on her personal server — and they didn’t like what they read.

If U.S. intelligence ultimately proves Putin was behind the attack, it won’t necessarily mean Russia rigged the election any more than Comey did. It will mean Russia stole emails and leaked them to the public. There is a difference.

Obama should get on with the business of leaving office instead of fuelling lies and misinformation that undermine Trump’s presidency. And Bill and Hillary should go back to enriching themselves at the Clinton Foundation. That’s what they do best.

Trump tells CIA it’s not indispensible

First published December 13, 2016 in the Toronto Sun

Democrats and Republicans alike refuse to come to grips with the reality that President-elect Donald J. Trump has no plans to do business as usual in Washington.

Trump’s recent dust-up with the Central Intelligence Agency demonstrates how he’s reducing the influence and power of government bureaucrats — and why they don’t like it.

In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Trump dared to criticize the CIA, by stating he didn’t believe the claim that the Russian government hacked the Democratic National Committee email system to help him win the election.

“I think it’s just another excuse. I don’t believe it,” Trump said.

Predictably, the liberal news media went bonkers. But the CIA and Republican career politicians whose power and livelihood depends upon their influence also blew their stacks over Trump’s comments.

“It’s concerning that intelligence on Russian actions related to the U.S. election is being dismissed out of hand as false or politically partisan. The inclination to ignore such intelligence and impugn the integrity of the U.S intelligence officials is contrary to all that is sacred to national security professionals who work day and night to protect this country,” wrote the CIA in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.

Trump’s questioning the CIA’s conclusion isn’t impugning.

What the CIA is really mad about is Trump put the agency on notice that they’re fired from being the sacred cow on intelligence gathering, and he’s not going to rely solely on the CIA for information. Let’s not forget that former President George W. Bush went to war with Iraq because he relied on the CIA’s faulty 2003 intelligence on Sadaam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. Since when did the CIA become an agency above reproach? I thought the CIA, like all other agencies, serve the commander-in-chief?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan praised the CIA and blasted Russia as America’s enemy. But neither gentleman asked why the CIA did nothing to predict the rise of ISIS in Syria in 2012.

Republican Senate Armed Services Chairman Senator John McCain joined with Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer and said the Senate would investigate Russia’s interference in the election. Senator Lindsay Graham was indignant over the idea that Trump and his secretary of state nominee, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, might have a good relationship with Putin.

Frankly, somebody needs to have a good working relationship with Putin since President Barack Obama abdicated American influence in Syria and the Middle East to Russia. Thanks to Obama’s inaction, ISIS is raging in Iraq and Syria, and threatening America’s safety at home. Iran has a nuclear weapon and Israel is a sitting duck. And Putin is best friends with all the bad guys: Iran, China and Syria.

Perhaps bureaucrats in Washington need to worry more about this instead of chasing down allegations and wishful thinking by Obama’s CIA that Russia stole the election from Hillary Clinton.

Official Washington’s hysteria over Trump’s doubting the CIA boils down to a loss of control and power. Trump will likely rely on his cabinet and competent foreign policy advisors and return decision making on fighting terrorism to the military, instead of Congress. In other words, Trump will lead and take responsibility for his actions. Imagine that: a strong leader representing America to the world!