Trump needs spokesman who speaks (well) for him and his tweets

First published March 8, 2017 in the Toronto Sun

Rather than focusing on important issues facing the country, official Washington has devolved into an embarrassing match of Democrats-said-President-Trump-said, in a daily war of words and tweets. Allegations of Russia rigging the US election and President Obama wiretapping Trump Tower sound like something straight out of a spy novel or a game of Clue.

And President Trump doesn’t help himself when it comes to winning the battle of legitimacy, when he posts an outlandish tweet and then doesn’t trot out competent White House manpower to defend his claim to the media.

Around 6:30 a.m. Eastern Time this past Saturday, Trump roused the Twittersphere and sent it into a tailspin with this tweet contortions:

“Obama had my wires tapped in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism.”

Trump served up no evidence; and of course the liberal media went ballistic. When you accuse a former president of committing illegal wiretapping, the likes of which got President Richard Nixon impeached, you’re gonna catch hell from everyone. Knowing this, as Trump did, it is even more perplexing that White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ communications did such a clumsy job handling the press.

During an interview with ABC’s This Week host Martha Raddatz, she actually used to the term “B.S.” twice. Then Sanders told Raddatz that she couldn’t speak with “100%” certitude about Trump’s allegations, (and um) nor had she consulted with the president.

SANDERS: Look, I — I will let the president speak for himself. But in terms of where we are in the White House, our ask –

RADDATZ: You’re his spokesperson.

SANDERS: And I’m speaking about it right now.

Yet Sanders was not speaking with any credibility.

As ambassador of the White House, Sanders should have stuck to two points. The New York Times reported that anonymous senior Obama White House officials ordered the surveillance (spying) of Trump campaign associates. The raw (unverified) intelligence was spread like confetti, far and wide not only across the US government to people without security clearances and members of Congress but also shared with foreign governments. Why do this unless you wanted to trash the next president?

Sanders should have reminded Raddatz that Obama was indeed their boss at the time and it’s highly unlikely that he didn’t sanction the sleuthing. So, is it really that preposterous to believe that Obama couldn’t have ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower? No more outlandish than the Trump-Russia connection ….

An even more salient point that Sanders needed to make was that days before the inauguration, Obama ordered the National Security Agency to share raw intelligence with 16 other intelligence agencies. Previously, the NSA would share only the data redacted of irrelevant personal information. Now this is stuff leaks are made. Holdover Obama political appointees likely leaked raw intelligence to the press about Michael Flynn’s calls with the Russian ambassador. Flynn did nothing wrong but was forced to resign as Trump’s NSA adviser amid the liberals’ Russia conspiracy hysteria.

Obama loyalists also leaked information to the press about Attorney General Jeff Sessions meeting with the Russian ambassador, hoping to force his resignation. But Sessions made it clear that these meetings occurred in his capacity as a US Senator and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee not as a Trump surrogate.

Collectively, these actions committed by Obama and his politically-vengeful White House warrant the same level of scrutiny that Congress and the intelligence community have given Trump.

Democrats trump up a ‘red scare’

First published March 2, 2017 in the Toronto Sun

Democrats (and perhaps even a politically-motivated FBI) are trying to create a mountain out of molehill when it comes to President Donald Trump and Russia.

Their latest “red scare” is aimed at U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

According to the Washington Post, “justice department officials” revealed that Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice before the 2016 election, but did not disclose it during his confirmation hearing.

Once again, FBI officials appear to be leaking intelligence information to the media, as retribution for Trump’s public disdain of the nation’s spy agencies.

Don’t believe the liberal hype.

“My reply to (Democratic Sen. Al) Franken was honest and correct at the time,” Sessions told reporters, at a press conference Thursday about the trumped-up allegations.

Franken asked Sessions during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing:

“If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”

“I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians,” replied Sessions.

During Thursday’s press conference, Sessions added that he “never had conversations with Russia about the Trump campaign.”

Further, in order to remove any doubts — and to placate Democrats’ carping about a Russia conspiracy, Sessions announced that he recused himself “from any investigations in the Trump campaign.”

In July 2016, Sessions attended an event hosted by the Heritage Foundation, during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. About 50 ambassadors were invited to the event, including Kislyak.

After Sessions spoke at the event, “a small group of ambassadors approached him as he was leaving the podium.”

So, let me get this straight: As the Democrats would have it, it’s illegal and tantamount to treason, for American officials to talk to Russians. At the time, Trump had won the GOP nomination and then-senator Sessions was a senior member of the Senate Armed Services committee, as well as a Trump supporter. So, yes, it’s not surprising that Kislyak and other ambassadors would want to chat with Sessions.

The other meeting occurred in September 2016, when Sessions met with the Russian ambassador as part of his job serving on the Armed Services Committee. Sessions had more than 25 conversations with foreign ambassadors in 2016.

Because of Sessions’ dual role as a senator and a Trump supporter, and the fact that the federal government was investigating Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee e-mail at the time, the attorney general was smart to clarify the facts at Thursday’s press conference.

But what is worrisome — on a grander scale — is this liberal witch hunt against Trump’s cabinet; one that is eerily reminiscent of McCarthyism.

On Feb. 9, 1950, Sen. Joe McCarthy gave a speech declaring that hundreds of state department officials were members of the Communist Party. Later that month, the Senate invited McCarthy to testify. His claims were unfounded as the Senate investigated 81 cases, but found nothing.

Undeterred, McCarthy accused members of the U.S. Army of being communist spies. More hearings were held, during which the lawyer representing the Army asked McCarthy, “At long last, have you no sense of decency left?”

The icing on the cake: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared Sessions isn’t “fit to serve,” and demanded he resign — even though she has no evidence he committed a crime.

My question is do Democrats have any decency left?

Trump meets the press…and rolls over them

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

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.?

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

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.’