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Trump meets the press…and rolls over them

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

First published February 17, 2017 in the Toronto Sun

Facing off with the White House press corps in an 80-minute duel, a defiant President Donald J. Trump welcomed questions, exposed bias, and left its members in tatters.

The theme of Trump’s freewheeling press conference was the out-of-control, dishonest mainstream media, which from day one of Trump’s candidacy sided with Hillary Clinton.

First the liberal media mocked Trump as a clown candidate who couldn’t win. Now that Trump won, the media is upset at his administration for “following through on pledges,” as the president rightly reminded them.

“We have made incredible progress. I don’t think there’s ever been a president elected who, in this short period of time, has done what we’ve done,” declared Trump.

Well, he’s right. And he schooled the media, chapter-and-verse, on those accomplishments.

“The stock market has hit record numbers, as you know.”

“Plants and factories are already starting to move back into the United States and big league — Ford, General Motors, so many of them.”

“We’ve had great conversations with the United Kingdom — and meetings — Israel, Mexico, Japan, China and Canada.”

And oh, Canada — “We’ve even developed a new council with Canada to promote women’s business leaders and entrepreneurs.”

“We’ve withdrawn the job-killing disaster known as Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

“We’ve imposed a hiring freeze on nonessential federal workers.”

“We’ve begun preparing to repeal and replace Obamacare. Obamacare is a disaster, folks.”

Trump also said he will issue a new executive order to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the country, by way of an “extreme vetting” travel ban.

“I have kept my promise to the American people by nominating a justice of the United States Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch.”

Whew, this writer is tired just typing this exhaustive list of some of the thing’s he’s accomplished — in under a month, no less!

Trump achieved these things with alacrity, despite Senate Democrats blocking and delaying his Cabinet nominees.

Still, the liberal media couldn’t wait to attack.

As someone once said, elections have consequences. Trump took a barrage of questions from the “fake news” reporters, swiftly dispatching each one of them.

Again questions about unfounded allegations that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia dominated the press conference.

“Russia is fake news. Russia — this is fake news put out by the media,” Trump replied.

The president spent a good amount of time categorically denying any personal business involvement with Russia, and the Wall Street Journal report that the intelligence community is withholding information from Trump.

“How do they write a story like that in The Wall Street Journal without asking me?”

Trump insisted that the Justice Department is investigating recent leaks of classified information to the public.

Then CNN’s Jim Acosta tried to accost Trump about his lack of credibility when it came to comments about leaking — because, after all, it was he who encouraged leaking during the campaign (the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Wikileaks release of Hillary’s 33,000 missing emails).

Trump reminded Acosta that the information being leaked about him is classified, while the DNC hacked emails weren’t. Although let’s not forget that Hillary recklessly had classified content on her personal server. Of course during the campaign, the liberal media buried the story because it made Hillary look bad.

“Again, if I had that happen to me, it would be the biggest story in the history of publishing or the head of newspapers. I would have been the headline in every newspaper,” Trump rebutted.

Then Trump went on a tirade about how CNN’s entire programming is imbued with hatred toward him (the antithesis of the networks 8-year coverage of Obama).

“I won with news conferences and probably speeches. I certainly didn’t win by people listening to you people, that’s for sure,” the president pointed out.

Yet, the journalists persisted in trying to delegitimize Trump’s presidency.

“Well, when you say — when you say the inner cities, are you going to include the CBC, Mr. President, in your conversations with your urban agenda, your inner city agenda, as well as your…,” asked April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks.

“Am I going include who?” replied Trump.

“Are you going to include the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, as well as…”

“Well, I would. I tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting? Do you want to set up the meeting?” Trump asked Ryan.

He went on to ask her if the CBC members were friends of hers.

She said she was just a reporter. But let’s be real: She is a black reporter who was trying to trap him with a ‘gotcha’ question and make him look like a racist.

“Let’s go set up a meeting. I would love to meet with the Black Caucus. I think it’s great — the Congressional Black Caucus. I actually thought I had a meeting with Congressman Cummings, and he was all excited, and then he said, oh, I can’t move, it might be bad for me politically, I can’t have that meeting.”

Trump wants to meet with the CBC, despite the fact that most of their 49 members boycotted his inauguration.

Ms. Ryan should ask the CBC why they won’t meet with Trump. Instead, it seems like she’d rather report ‘fake news.’

Joy Villa’s Grammys dress Trumps Hollywood hate

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

First published February 13, 2017 in the Toronto Sun

Bravery showed up at the excessively leftist Grammy Awards, dressed in a sparkling patriotic red, white and blue ‘Trump’ dress.

Bravery, in the form of (black) singer Joy Villa.

On an evening when conservatives gird ourselves for the barrage of liberal Hollywood celebrities bashing Republicans, it was a relief to see Villa proudly strut her freedom of speech down the red carpet. (Hmmm … I wonder if the award elites will consider changing all future carpets to blue.) While stars like Jennifer Lopez and the musical group Outkast bashed President Donald Trump, Villa personified the mantra that liberals have long claimed exclusively as their own: “Love trumps hate.”

“Sometimes you just gotta be free to express yourself. thank you to all of my supporters and fellow believers. Life is about living free and loving it. Be your beautiful selves tonight!” Villa posted on Instagram.

The dress was emblazoned with “Make America Great Again” on the front with the letters “TRUMP” circling the bottom of a train that puddled.

Cue the hate tweets:

“@Joy_Villa how is your platform about love but you’re supporting a racist islamophobic bigot.” “Nobody knows who Joy Villa is. She’s thirsty for attention. Hence the dress. Hope it was worth it. Ask Ivanka.”

Compare Villa’s classic and classy couture with Beyonce’s frock. The latter — worn by the attention-starved narcissist, who’s pregnant with twins — could barely contain her overflowing breasts and hair. It was a gilded costume portraying Queen B as a fertility goddess, replete with doting handmaidens.

The Hollywood Reporter and other liberal-leaning publications called Villa’s dress choice “controversial” for Tinseltown. As a Trump presidency dawns on our nation, liberals deem it “controversial” for female celebrities to exercise their First Amendment right to support Trump.

Did I mention that it was a Filipino immigrant, naturalized citizen Andre Soriano, who designed Villa’s dress?

“We all live on this planet. I’ve never been in the political arena. However, it’s just so crazy that people are getting beat up because they voted for Trump, or this and that, someone wants to bomb the White House,” Soriano said.

You can’t get more American than that, “land of the free and the home of the brave.” But of course, Villa and Soriano don’t fit the stereotype that the left has painted of Trump and his supporters: Racist, xenophobic and homophobic.

“I heard that somebody wanted to bomb the White House. And then I saw the Women’s March. … Joy Villa is all about love with her music. I’m like, ‘ Joy, We have to make a statement on what is right for our country, of what we believe in, for the Constitution,’” Soriano added.

What doesn’t show love or guts? Privileged feminists and social justice snowflakes marching around with pink ‘pussy’ hats on their heads, complaining because Hillary Clinton lost the election. They can keep marching and hating until they’re blue in the … hat, but Trump will still be president.

Incidentally, the haters’ hate helped boost sales of the 25-year old Villa’s album “I Make the Static,” which soared to the top of Amazon’s digital album purchases, and ranked seven on iTunes after her Grammys red carpet appearance. She also gained about 60,000 followers on Twitter.

Note to liberals, in the words of your failed candidate: “Love trumps hate.”

If Australia doesn’t want those refugees, why should U.S.?

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

First published February 3, 2017 in the Toronto Sun

Here we go again. Liberals loved living in the upside-down world where former U.S. president Barack Obama put Americans’ lives last.

It’s hard to diagram the logic of the left wing’s latest apoplexia over President Donald Trump’s pesky penchant for putting America first. But here goes.

Trump told Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull “no,” the United States wasn’t going to honour the deal Obama struck to take Muslim refugees off Australia’s hands. About 2,500 refugees went to Australia seeking asylum. They were put in detention cities with unsanitary conditions. The United Nations complained. Obama agreed to accept 1,250 of them.

These refugees are Australia’s humanitarian crisis, not America’s. And if they don’t want them, why should we?

Lost in liberals’ outrage is that many of the refugees that Australia wants to dump into the U.S. come from the Muslim-majority countries of Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia, which are among the seven countries whose citizens are temporarily banned from entering the U.S. under Trump’s executive order. The list was produced by the Obama administration, which identified them as “countries of concern,” as reported by CNN.

During the 25-minute call with Turnbull, Trump reportedly yelled: “This is the worst deal ever.” According to press reports, Trump also accused Turnbull of trying to send the “next Boston bombers” into the U.S. Then Trump hung up.

Sounds perfectly reasonable. The audacity of Australia trying unload on us these nationals who — let’s face it — have a track record of blowing up and shooting Americans in acts of terrorism.

“Do you believe it? The Obama administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!” Trump tweeted.

Not only is the deal dumb, but there’s the left’s (over)reaction to Trump’s response. The liberal media howled that Trump was unhinged and could cause a “rift” between the two countries.

The rather biased Washington Post observed:

“The characterizations provide insight into Trump’s temperament and approach to the diplomatic requirements of his job as the nation’s chief executive, a role in which he continues to employ both the uncompromising negotiating tactics he honed as a real estate developer and the bombastic style he exhibited as a reality television personality.”

The media must think Trump is the one who’s dumb. How is it bombastic to tell another nation that the U.S. isn’t going to take on another risk to our already-compromised national security?

Sen. Tim Kaine, aka running mate to Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign, couldn’t wait to weigh in.

“He’s doing kind of amateur-hour stuff on matters of significant national importance,” Kaine crowed on CNN about Trump’s call with Turnbull.

No, senator, “amateur hour” is secretary of state Clinton setting up a private server and email domain, deleting thousands of emails concerning classified matters, then blaming her 2016 election loss on an FBI director for investigating her deceptive actions. Kaine should really sit down and be quiet.

In the upside -own world of Liberals, Trump’s behaviour of putting nation and its citizens first seems anathema because for the past eight years it didn’t happen. Now we have a president forcing corporations to create jobs in the U.S., and protecting our homeland against fanatics who want to kill us.

And Liberals are aghast.

You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried. Oh, wait, the liberal media did and does — it’s called fake news or Trumped-up hysteria about our 45th president, who is doing exactly what he said he would do.

Democrats defying Trump’s sanctuary city order make illegal lives matter more than American ones

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

First published January 28, 2017 in the Toronto Sun

Why are liberals so shocked by U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s first week in office? He’s doing exactly what he campaigned he would do for a year: Building a wall and cracking down on illegal aliens.

In other words, Trump is doing the things that the left said couldn’t be done.

He hit the ground running, wasting no time in signing a series of executive orders — during his first week in office, no less — including an order to cut off federal funds from sanctuary cities that all but recruit, then harbor illegal aliens.

In that same executive order, Trump expanded the categories of illegal aliens that will be identified and deported by local law enforcement. Now, it’s ‘adios’ to anyone charged with any offence, or is deemed “a risk to public safety.”

Trump reinstated the Secure Communities program requiring police to arrest illegals and hold them under “detainers” until federal agents pick them up. Because liberal-run cities and counties refused to deport illegal aliens under Barack Obama, he required that local law enforcement only co-operate with federal authorities in deporting illegal aliens with a criminal record.

Now we have a president who’s legitimately trying to make America safe again … and the response from Democrat mayors and governors is defiance, by refusing to comply with an order that puts American citizens above non-citizen border-hoppers.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, a Democrat governing one of the largest sanctuary cities in the country, vowed to flout Trump’s order. This is the mayor of the city where American Kate Steinle was murdered in 2015 by illegal alien Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, who had been deported five times.

San Francisco could lose more than $1 billion in federal funding by sheltering illegals. Let’s see how long Lee’s righteousness holds out. Of course, Lee isn’t the only one acting foolish.

Money walks; stupid talks.

“We will not be intimidated by the threat to federal funding,” declared Democrat Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. But Walsh will gladly help illegals steal jobs from Americans — not to mention threaten their safety.

“We will not be intimidated by the authoritarian message coming from this administration,” Democrat Seattle Mayor Ed Murray chirped.

The commander-in-chief demanding that our nation follow the rule of law and the constitution isn’t “intimidation,” nor is it a choice.

In a city where blacks are disproportionately unemployed compared to whites, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also got on her high liberal horse and tweeted:

“I can’t say it any more clearly: DC will remain a #SanctuaryCity to keep all of our residents safe.” Harboring illegal aliens is anything but safe for American citizens. Let’s see how long Bowser’s lawlessness lasts in Trump’s new backyard.

While the list of stupid is long, one of the worst responses came from Democrat New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Not only did he boast that he would welcome a fight with Trump, de Blasio claimed on CNN that it was heartless to deport breadwinners, albeit illegal ones.

“So you deport the breadwinner and the rest of the family, including the children, are left without anyone. You tear a family apart. That’s not good government. That’s not in my view moral.”

Good government used to look out for American citizens, not criminals who steal their jobs and bread. (Further, what’s stopping the breadwinner from loading his wife and kids into the station wagon and heading back south of the border as a unit?) It’s interesting that these Democrats so loathe America and its people that they choose to side with criminals. I predict that Trump may have to call in the National Guard to force these lawless liberal mayors into compliance.

To put things into perspective, there are about 300 sanctuary cities and counties across the country, predominately governed by Democrats. One would think that Trump had announced an anti-American policy instead of one to purge our cities of people living in the U.S. illegally, stealing jobs from Americans, not paying taxes, wiring money back to their home countries like Mexico, and — in some cases, killing us.

Maybe the left, particularly the liberal media, is still shell-shocked that the man they derided and mocked as a clown not only won ‘big league,’ but is delivering on his promises ‘big league.’

Liberals boycott Trump’s inauguration, declaring his presidency deserves no respect

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

First published January 19, 2017 in the Toronto Sun

From reading the Washington Post (as in, the paper of record in the nation’s capitol) you wouldn’t think America was inaugurating its 45th president, but rather ushering in an historic protest. The paper has devoted more articles to the who’s-who of who is not attending President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration — from celebrities to Democrat politicians — than it has to the historic event itself.

For example, there are multiple articles about the Bruce Springsteen cover band now not performing at the New Jersey ball. Who cares! And several articles on less-than-famous singer Jennifer Holliday, who backed out of singing at the inauguration, after committing to perform — because her gay fans “begged her not to.” I wonder if those same gay fans — who supported Hillary Clinton — had a problem with her accepting huge donations to the Clinton Foundation from Muslim nations like Saudi Arabia (a country where homosexuality is banned and homosexuals are punished by death)? If Holliday were to have sung at Trump’s inauguration, people might have remembered who she was.

One of the worst examples yet of biased journalism was Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank’s disgusting and bigoted Jan. 16, 2017 column “Trump gets no respect. That’s because he hasn’t earned it.” Over the past eight years, Milbank was part of the same left-wing cabal of journos who blasted anyone who dared diss the office of the presidency under black President Barack Obama. Of course, the Washington Post isn’t the only liberal media outlet displaying anti-American behaviour toward our democratically-elected 45th president.

CNN refuses to come to grips with the fact it failed to elect Hillary Clinton, despite its best efforts, by relentlessly churning out fake polls and distorting Trump’s comments. Undeterred, CNN continues to double down on Trump bashing. Appearing on CNN recently, black Democrat professor Marc Lamont Hill called blacks who met with Trump “a bunch of mediocre negroes being dragged in front of TV as a photo-op for Donald Trump’s exploitative campaign against black people.”

Unlike the first black president Barack Obama who showed no interest in meeting with blacks — who overwhelmingly supported him both elections — Trump is meeting with black activists who didn’t support him, to hear their ideas.

But Mr. Hill brayed that Trump meeting with black celebrities like Steve Harvey is bad: “bringing up comedians and actors and athletes to represent black interests is demeaning, it’s disrespectful, and it’s condescending. Bring some people up there with some expertise Donald Trump, don’t just bring up people to entertain.”

Mr. Hill makes the ignorant and dangerous assumption that one black person represents the views of all black people, by virtue of common skin colour. He certainly doesn’t speak for me! In the final days of the election, Hill didn’t express indignant outrage when Hillary used Beyoncé and J-Zay used hip-hop to pander to blacks for votes. THAT was disrespectful.

Disrespectful as well was Congressman John Lewis’ declaration that he wouldn’t attend Trump’s inaugural, because he was an illegitimate president. Lewis said it was because Russia “destroyed Hillary’s campaign” by hacking the Democratic National Committee’s email. Newsflash, Mr. Congressman, that hack brought to light the conspiracy to crush Hillary’s competitor, as well as her reckless (and likely deliberate) use of a private email server (which certainly compromised national security).

Liberals were aghast that Trump had the audacity to call Lewis disrespectful, advising him to do a better job as a congressman. Because Lewis marched for blacks to have voting rights in Selma over 50 years ago (which I respect tremendously) means he’s immune to criticism … and can disparage any white person, including the President-elect? I don’t think so.

Lewis also boycotted the 2001 inaugural of G.W. Bush. Not very American for someone who fought for equal rights, but now won’t respect the office of the presidency equally.

Again, Lewis and Hill aren’t alone in their disdain and lack of respect for the presidency. More than 50 Democrats have vowed not to attend the inauguration. And the Women’s March on Washington is planned for Saturday, where hundreds of thousands will wreak havoc on the city. If this had happened during either of Obama’s inaugurals, lawmakers and protestors would be called racists. But it didn’t happen.

In contrast, even though many people were not happen Obama got elected, America came together to honour our country’s enduring peaceful transition of power. Lost in all the Trump hate and bombast being spewed by the left wing media is the fact that Trump’s inauguration is unconventional — just like his campaign was. It is focused on working class Americans, not wasting money on pomp, ceremony and self-congratulations. Trump capped inaugural ball tickets at $50 a piece, to make them affordable.

Liberal lawmakers and protesters should hold a fake inauguration so they can revere their ‘legitimate’ candidate Hillary Clinton. In their make-believe ceremony, they could act out the peaceful transition of power they demanded of Trump.

It would give the rest of us a break and — God knows — be a better use of their time.

Trump puts CNN in its place

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

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.