IN TODAY’S EDITION
- Trump’s new communications director has a communication problem.
- The Washington Post turns GOP political division into an issue of sexism.
- Leftists wail about Trump and the Boy Scouts, but they politicized the BSA.
- Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.
“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
“Who leaked that to you?” White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci demanded to know of Ryan Lizza, a reporter for The New Yorker. Scaramucci was immediately concerned with information about a certain dinner, but his broader concern is about the leaks plaguing Donald Trump’s White House. Lizza refused to disclose his source, as just about any reporter would, and he recorded the ensuing phone conversation this way:
[Scaramucci] responded by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff. “What I’m going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we’ll start over,” he said. I laughed, not sure if he really believed that such a threat would convince a journalist to reveal a source. He continued to press me and complain about the staff he’s inherited in his new job. “I ask these guys not to leak anything and they can’t help themselves,” he said. “You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.”
Scaramucci appears to be particularly aiming for Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who he suspects of the leaks and of “c— blocking” Scaramucci’s appointment sooner. That’s where his remarks got extremely, er, “colorful” as he later explained. “Reince is a f—king paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” cried Scaramucci. In fact, he continued, “What I want to do is I want to f—king kill all the leakers and I want to get the president’s agenda on track so we can succeed for the American people.”
Pleasant fellow. Leakers aren’t the only target of his ire, though. Lizza records, “Scaramucci also told me that, unlike other senior officials, he had no interest in media attention.” He then quoted Scaramucci saying, “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c—.” Bannon is Trump’s chief strategist and comes from Breitbart News. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f—king strength of the president. I’m here to serve the country.”
Maybe this kind of language still plays well among some of Trump’s base — drain the swamp at all costs! — but it is pathetically uncouth and degrading for the White House. It’s disgraceful. And from the communications director no less. Let’s get one thing straight, though. Scaramucci was hired to be Trump’s “heavy” — the muscle who will knock some heads together. That may be necessary, and Scaramucci may be gone in a month or two when the job is done.
The smart guy in this debacle is former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who had the good sense to resign upon Scaramucci’s hiring. When asked how he felt after departing, Spicer said, “How do I look like I’m feeling? Relieved.”
The upside: Scaramucci may actually upstage Trump’s stupid remarks.
Finally, after the interview was published, Scaramucci tweeted, “I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won’t happen again.” That would imply he trusted reporters to begin with. What planet is he from?
The Senate GOP’s last-gasp attempt at repealing any part of ObamaCare failed late Thursday night as three Republicans — Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John McCain (R-AZ) — voted with Democrats against so-called “skinny” repeal. And while it is another political failure for Republicans, the reality is that the “skinny” repeal would have barely repealed anything. The effort would have left 411 of the “Affordable” Care Act’s 419 sections in place. It was so bad that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), in his effort to get Republican senators on board, had worked to make sure House Republicans would agree to not pass this skinny repeal. In other words, Senate Republicans voted for a bill they didn’t even want to make it to President Donald Trump’s desk. It was a chess move to get the bill into conference.
It may be tempting to fault the Republicans for failure on this latest attempt at ObamaCare repeal, but the truth is that skinny repeal was such a watered-down mess that it’s a good thing it didn’t pass.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the failure, The Washington Post chose to run a classic “fake news” story highlighting the supposed real reason for Republican division. The article is titled, “Female Senators Are Increasingly on Receiving End of Insults from Male Officials,” and it paints the picture of a Republican Party full of misogynists. So, rather than report on the actual issues that have caused disagreements between Republicans, the Post chose instead to insert the baseless claim of sexism, all in a transparent move to divide Republican women from the party over a phony “war on women.”
There’s an irony here that seems to be completely lost on these leftist social justice warriors. Feminists demand to be treated by men as if they were men but then turn and cry foul when … men treat women the same as other men. They call for equal treatment but demand special treatment.
But aside from the contradictory demands of feminists, the greater issue is the Leftmedia’s continued production of fallacious articles like this that seek to inject identity politics into issues where none exist. The reason Senate Republicans have become frustrated with Collins and Murkowski is not because they are women — there are six female Republican senators, a majority of whom have sided with the majority of male Republican senators on the issue of ObamaCare repeal. The real issue causing division within the Republican ranks is disagreement over ideological and political perspectives, not sexism. But leave it to The Washington Post to trot out another factually vacuous article designed not to inform but to denigrate.
Firm behind anti-Trump dossier also worked for Russia, Senate witness says. (Fox News)
Ted Cruz: Voters will feel “sense of betrayal” over ObamaCare failure. (Washington Examiner)
Not so hot: Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Sequel” meets with skepticism even from the Left. (The Washington Times)
Feds spends millions on failed program to combat extremism in America. (The Washington Free Beacon)
U.S., El Salvador team up to target MS-13 gang members. (CNS News)
Marxist group disbands because members were too rich, white. (Campus Reform)
African-American women are increasingly buying guns, statistics show. (The New York Times)
Trump awards officers Medals of Valor for actions in Scalise shooting. (Fox News)
Humor: Jeff Sessions wakes up next to severed horse head. (The Babylon Bee)
Policy: Yes, we should block-grant Medicaid. (National Review)
Policy: The Democrats’ unprecedented nominations blockade. (Senate Republican Policy Committee)
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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Brian Mark Weber
What could be less controversial than the president of the United States addressing the Boy Scouts of America jamboree in West Virginia? Of all the public addresses given by President Donald Trump in the first seven months of his presidency, surely this one would keep Democrats and their media attack dogs from going into hysterics.
Think again. Leftists managed to characterize the speech with their typical vitriol, exaggeration and animosity. Some even compared the event to a Hitler Youth rally. But it doesn’t take long to figure out that much of the criticism has less to do with Trump talking politics at the jamboree than it does with Trump talking about the “wrong” politics.
Case in point: New York Magazine’s headline reads, “The 14 Most Inappropriate Moments From Trump’s Speech at the Boy Scout Jamboree.” The headline suggests that Trump invited the Scouts to join him for beer and poker after the event. Yet many of the 14 points are based on Trump criticizing Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the press. Trump’s speech was indeed political, and we could have done without his reference to a party in New York, but it was hardly inappropriate.
Opining in The Washington Post, Stephen Stromberg took issue with the ideological content and erratic nature of Trump’s address. He remarked, “Sure, scout membership skews right. But those of us who did not fit that stereotype know that the organization is and should be open to all. I spent middle and high school in a small troop that met in a Mormon church but contained Jews, agnostics, a Seventh-day Adventist and various others.” But Trump didn’t say anything about religion. Talk about erratic.
Scroll down a few paragraphs and the real reason for the outrage over Trump’s remarks comes to the surface. Stromberg adds: “When one of our fellow scouts came out of the closet, he left the troop. But the BSA has since revised its membership policies to better reflect its mission of offering guidance to all young men.”
There you go. Stromberg and other leftists aren’t as upset over Trump’s partisan remarks as they are about his failure to touch on the issues that Democrats want the boys to hear. We doubt Trump would have been criticized had he stated that the Scouts need to be more diverse and inclusive. Had he called for more transgender Scouts, Democrats would be lauding his remarks.
Some of the criticism of Trump’s speech is understandable. He should have focused more on the Scouts’ history and core principles, or on American patriotism and civics more generally. But the most critical remarks have come from Democrats and Republicans who already have issues with the president.
While the content of Trump’s address has been the focus, far less reporting has been done on the fact that the Scouts cheered just about everything he had to say, despite the fact that the president of the Scouts discouraged them from showing partisan support for Trump. But they couldn’t resist. Despite his flaws, the Scouts know that Trump will defend and fight for their values.
Apparently, however, the organization’s leadership wasn’t pleased. On Thursday, Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh stated, “I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree.”
But Surbaugh didn’t mind getting political when transgender Scouts were admitted earlier this year. At the time, Surbaugh exclaimed, “Communities and state laws are now interpreting gender identity differently than society did in the past. And these new laws vary widely from state to state.” It was no different when they accepted homosexual Scouts four years ago and homosexual leaders two years ago. In other words, some in the BSA are perfectly willing to change according to the shifting political winds, as long as those winds are blowing in a certain direction.
Surbaugh’s apology seems hypocritical and one-sided. After all, where were the apologies to the Scouts offended by the Left’s political and cultural ideology over the past generation? And did anyone apologize when delegates to the 2000 Democrat National Convention actually booed Boy Scouts when they walked on the stage?
There were no apologies then, just political attacks against the Scouts. Philip Wegmann writes in the Washington Examiner, “The Boy Scouts have come under fire in the last two decades because of their membership standards concerning gay boys and leaders. They were regularly attacked as bigots in the editorial pages of the New York Times. They were mocked by the likes of Madonna (the elderly Queen of Pop creepily proclaimed she knew ‘how to scout for boys.’) And they were assaulted in the courts again and again and again.”
As for the media, it’s beyond hypocritical that they’re suddenly worried about the Boy Scouts of America. The Left has successfully forced the BSA to change core principles and beliefs for many years, but suddenly media types are worried that Donald Trump criticizing Barack Obama is somehow going to tarnish a century’s worth of Boy Scout values. All this damage had been done long before Trump took the stage at this year’s jamboree.
The Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America state that the organization “must not, through its governing body or through any of its officers, chartered councils, Scouters, or members, involve Scouting in political matters.” The handbook should have been revised years ago, because the BSA is very much a political organization these days. All President Trump did was provide a different political view. And that’s the real reason why his speech has been condemned.
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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
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OPINION IN BRIEF
David Harsanyi: “When Republicans bother to defend Obamacare repeal bills, they are pretty explicit in explaining that Medicaid ‘cuts’ are merely a slowing of spending growth. But Obama repeatedly stated — probably hundreds of times over a two-year span — that the bill would ‘reduce’ the cost of premiums by $2,500 per family. I can’t find a single instance anywhere of Obama, or anyone else selling the legislation, offering a nuanced context for this claim. … You’d think someone would have written a comprehensive fact-check of the Democrats’ lie that 24 million people will ‘lose’ their health insurance due to repeal bills. Who knows? Maybe fact-checkers will get around to pointing out that the Congressional Budget Office believes 14 million of the 24 million are people who will choose not to buy it in 2018 in the absence of a penalty. No doubt, fact-checkers will point out that around six million or more of those 24 million are people the CBO just assumes would have left Obamacare markets anyway. You know, baselines and all. It is true that Obamacare repeal legislation — whatever the specifics happen to be — is going to be unpopular. Why wouldn’t it be? There isn’t a single Republican lawmaker out there effectively slapping down these misleading claims. Voters will be. Republicans certainly can’t rely on fact-checkers.”
Insight: “Freedom of thought is the only guarantee against an infection of people by mass myths, which, in the hands of treacherous hypocrites and demagogues, can be transformed into bloody dictatorships.” —Andrei Sakharov (1921-1989)
Upright: “Mrs. Clinton has a new book coming out called ‘What Happened.’ All the reports indicate that she is doubling down on the idea that Russia and James Comey cost her the election. So I guess that means James Comey and Vladimir Putin convinced her to ignore blue collar states like Wisconsin. I guess they convinced Hillary to put our national security secrets on unsecured servers. And I suppose they convinced her to adopt radical policy positions that made her one of the most unpopular political figures in modern American history.” —Gary Bauer
For the record: “For Trump, loyalty is unilateral, not reciprocal, and it has a very particular content. It’s not loyalty to the agenda or to the party, but to Trump, specifically his personal interests and honor.” —Rich Lowry
Braying Jenny: “The head of a violent gang is taking the podium at the White House. The head of ICE. Ask good questions please.” —MSNBC’s Joan Walsh
Non Compos Mentis: “You want to talk politics? Right here under the dome of the Capitol of the United States, you want to talk politics?” —Nancy Pelosi
The BIG Lie: “The president, without apparent consultation with the joint chiefs or the Pentagon … comes out and tweets that … 14,000 to 15,000 patriotic Americans who want to serve our country are fired. It’s appalling. It’s appalling.” —Nancy Pelosi, who grossly exaggerates the number of transgenders in the military
And last… “Our military was forged to be the world’s strongest fighting force, not a government-funded, politically correct, medical sex change clinic for people with gender dysphoria.” —Walt Heyer, a former trans-female
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