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IN TODAY’S EDITION
- “Some of [Trump’s] actions and words have been plainly racist,” says WaPo.
- China and the U.S. will now resume trade talks.
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Notwithstanding the cockamamie idea of impeaching Donald Trump, there are two primary strategies Democrats are using in the lead-up to the 2020 election: seeding a politically induced recession, and personifying Trump as an unmistakable racist.
The Washington Post went full throttle this week with the latter method, unashamedly asserting that Trump “is vexed by a branding crisis of his own: how to shed the label of ‘racist.’” The Post pontificates, “As the campaign takes shape about 15 months before voters render a verdict on his presidency, Trump’s Democratic challengers are marking him a racist, and a few have gone so far as to designate him a white supremacist.” The article then claims:
Throughout his career as a real estate magnate, a celebrity provocateur and a politician, Trump has recoiled from being called the r-word, even though some of his actions and words have been plainly racist. Following a month in which he used racist remarks to attack four congresswomen of color, maligned a majority-black Baltimore district as a “rat and rodent infested mess” and saw his anti-immigrant rhetoric parroted in a statement that authorities believe was written by a mass shooter, the risk for Trump is that the pejorative that has long dogged him becomes defining. … Trump recently called himself “the least racist person anywhere in the world,” but his history is littered with racist and racially charged comments and actions. [Emphasis added.]
Importantly, the Post isn’t accusing Trump of having used racist language. It’s effectively saying with certitude that he has and is using racist language. Which effectively makes him a racist. We won’t debunk every incident provided by the Post, but some reflection on the first assertion — that Trump “used racist remarks to attack four congresswomen of color” — provides all we need to know about its universal lack of impartiality.
Recall that Trump stated, “Why don’t [Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib] go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came[?] Then come back and show us how it is done.” To which our Nate Jackson responded, “Trump said what he said poorly, leaving himself wide open for the very assault he’s facing. He said what we think he meant far better in defending himself later. ‘These are people that hate our country,’ he said. ‘If you’re not happy in the U.S., if you’re complaining all the time, very simply, you can leave.’”
Jackson concluded: “Buried under Trump’s garbled prose is a legitimate point, and it has nothing to do with race. It has to do with loving or hating America and the political party guilty of the latter.” But the Post isn’t interesting in making that point, nor are any of the other Leftmedia outlets whose only agenda is portraying Trump as a racist to bolster support for Democrats in 2020 — the same strategy that’s behind the Left’s seeding a politically induced recession.
Amazingly, the Post in a separate piece claimed, “From race to plastic straws, Trump dials up culture wars in divisive play for 2020 votes.” It was the Left that dialed up the culture wars to obtain more votes. And it’s now steadfastly using the “racist” label to obtain even more votes.
On Tuesday, the United States Trade Representative office said that it was delaying the implementation of a third round of tariffs against China — tariffs that President Donald Trump had announced two weeks ago. The White House noted that the 10% tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods would now be put off until Dec. 15th, with the rationale given of seeking to prevent Americans from having to pay higher prices on gift purchases prior to the Christmas holiday season.
While that explanation was certainly part of the calculation, as tariffs on foreign goods most impact consumers, in all likelihood the main reason for Trump’s tariff delay has much more to do with the recent news of an agreement to restart the stalled trade talks with China. It appears that both China and the U.S. are eager to get a trade deal done in the hopes of staving off a recession, fears of which have produced increasing volatility in the markets this month.
China is also clearly feeling pressure from the growing freedom movement in Hong Kong. The last thing Beijing wants is for these protests to spill out into mainland China, hence the recent movement of troops to the Hong Kong border. While China would love nothing more than to see Trump gone from office in 2020, with trouble growing in Hong Kong, Beijing can ill afford more economic contractions by putting off trade talks. Meanwhile, the tricky path Trump will have to navigate is to both vocally support Hong Kong’s freedom movement while at the same time work to secure a fair trade deal with China.
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TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
NRA SUIT GREENLIGHTED: “A federal judge Monday ruled that a lawsuit against Los Angeles by the National Rifle Association (NRA) over the city’s contractor disclosure law can proceed. … U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson rejected the city’s argument that contractors involved with the NRA does not represent ‘expressive’ speech, and therefore not protected by the First Amendment as NRA attorneys contend.” (The Daily Caller)
BLUE-STATE OBSTRUCTION, PART I: “San Francisco and Santa Clara County in California filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block the Trump administration from implementing a new rule that would deny permanent residency to legal immigrants if they are judged likely to use government benefit programs.” (The New York Times)
BLUE-STATE OBSTRUCTION, PART II: “California and a coalition of 21 other states on Tuesday sued to block the Trump administration’s attempt to gut restrictions on coal-burning power plants, limits that were central to President Obama’s climate change policy.” (Los Angeles Times)
LEMON ACCUSED: “CNN primetime host Don Lemon was accused of a bizarre, sexually charged assault of a bartender in New York’s tony Hamptons last year in a civil suit filed earlier this week. … CNN denied [Dustin] Hice’s account and said Hice seemed to bear animosity toward the cable news network.” (Fox News)
PRO-LIFE SUCCESS: “‘Unplanned,’ a movie about an abortion clinic director who left her job at Planned Parenthood, is the No. 1 DVD in Amazon sales after surpassing expectations in movie theaters. … [Co-Director Cary] Solomon said he read that the makers of the average movie are happy with sales of 20,000 to 30,000 DVDs, but that ‘we presold about 235,000 without even telling anyone it was out there.’” (The Daily Signal)
EPSTEIN FALLOUT: “The prison guards for alleged child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein may have falsified the records showing that they were checking in on the jet-setting financier leading up to his apparent suicide at the Manhattan Correctional Center on Saturday,” the Washington Examiner reports. Meanwhile, National Review reveals that “Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday ordered that the warden of the federal prison where billionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein apparently committed suicide over the weekend be reassigned and that two guards who were responsible for Epstein be placed on leave.”
BIG LIES: “The Washington Post Fact-Checker gave its harshest rating of Four Pinocchios to a pair of Democratic presidential candidates who claimed black teenager Michael Brown was murdered in 2014 by a white policeman. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) both tweeted last Friday — which was the fifth anniversary of Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri — that Brown had been murdered by Officer Darren Wilson.” (The Washington Free Beacon)
FACEBOOK SHENANIGANS: “Facebook has hired contractors to transcribe users’ audio recorded through the company’s Facebook Messenger app. … Contractors stressed over the audio transcription work because they were not told how the recordings were obtained or why they were transcribing them.” (Washington Examiner)
POLICY: Expensive climate-change programs hurt the poor most (Washington Examiner)
POLICY: Three ways Trump’s new regulations will better protect endangered species (The Daily Signal)
HUMOR: Six-year-old saying “Why don’t we just give everything away for free?” surges to top of Democrat polls (The Babylon Bee)
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Star Parker: “My guess is if I ask which organization has more political sway, the NRA or Planned Parenthood, many would say the NRA — probably because of our left-wing media. But pull up OpenSecrets, the website of the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in U.S. politics. What you will find is that in 2018, the NRA made political contributions of $873,071. Planned Parenthood made political contributions totaling $7,183,139, more than eight times greater than those of the NRA, 99.5 percent of which went to Democratic candidates or to organizations supporting them. The Center for Responsive Politics ranks Planned Parenthood No. 54 out of 19,225 making political contributions, and the NRA No. 543. Is it relevant to bring Planned Parenthood into this discussion about guns? Yes. As I have been arguing all along, we cannot get to an appropriate approach for dealing with guns without considering the culture that produces deranged, detached, violent loners.”
Insight: “Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught in falsehood’s school. And the one man who dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool.” —Plato (429-347 BC)
Friendly fire: “[Kamala] Harris and [Elizabeth] Warren have ignored the findings of the Justice Department to accuse [Darren] Wilson of murder, even though the Justice Department found no credible evidence to support that claim. … Harris and Warren both earn Four Pinocchios.” —The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler
Alpha Jackass: “[Donald Trump’s] been fueling the flames of hate and … on the issue of El Paso … he obviously didn’t pull the trigger, but he’s sure been tweeting out the ammunition.” —Sen. Kamala Harris
Non Compos Mentis: “The fact is that Mr. [Jeffrey] Epstein took his own life. He died while he was in the custody of the Trump administration. Bill Barr directs the Bureau of Prisons, and they allowed, in some ways, they facilitated Mr. Epstein’s suicide.” —MSNBC legal analyst Paul Butler
Braying Jackass: “If Trump’s nose grew every time he told a lie he could use it as a zip line straight to Vladimir Putin’s bedroom.” —Jimmy Kimmel
Race bait: “Why is Donald Trump so interested in cutting off this generation of immigrants? … He wants a whiter, wealthier nation. That’s what’s he’s interested in.” —Julian Castro
The BIG Lie: “The [Republican National Committee] will be allowed to cheat and lie and go into polling places and scare voters, particularly voters of color.” —Stacey Abrams
And last… “I think [Democrats] live in a fantasy world. Reality is that the United States is lowering emissions, one of the only countries in the world. Matter of fact, I think of all the 194 [countries] that signed on to the Paris Accord, the U.S. is the one that’s leading the world in reducing emissions. That’s what they ought to be talking about — that America [is] transitioning away from old, inefficient power plants to natural gas plants [and] lowering emissions. … It is fantastical when you think about the true misrepresentation of the truth that the Democrats are spewing out there.” —Rick Perry
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