Fox News anchor Shepard Smith has been trying to score some virtue signaling points recently. Just last week, after the Florida shooting, he decided to read off a list of “school shootings” this year including some incidents that probably shouldn’t qualify as such. Now he’s going after Trump, but for something different.
After the Mueller team’s latest round of Russian indictments, Smith castigated President Trump for not condemning the Russians for meddling in the election. But can you really blame the president? From the very beginning, the entire Russian interference narrative has been directly connected with the Trump-Russia collusion narrative.
Since Trump knew he hadn’t done anything wrong, he probably assumed that both stories were politically motivated. Both stories seemed to be a means of discrediting the president: either he was involved in criminal activity, or he benefitted from the intervention and shouldn’t have won. Maybe Smith should focus on the media’s role in politicizing the Russian threat and playing into the hands of those who sought to divide us. (Read More…)
Here’s Exhibit A as to why President Trump doesn’t trust the legal system, the media, or Democrats. Jared Kushner, Trump’s son in law and advisor, is under investigation by the Mueller team. Just as with Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, the investigation of Kushner seems focused on potential business dealings with Russian entities.
Although the details of the investigation have not yet been released, it stands to reason that the business dealings in question began prior to Kushner’s time in the White House. When President Trump decided to ask Kushner to be an advisor, Kushner responded by immediately divesting and separating himself from any potential conflicts of interest. So what does this mean?
In short, it means that the investigation is really off the rails. If Kushner is investigated (and faces possible indictment) for charges entirely unrelated to the 2016 presidential election, it’s hard to argue that this isn’t a witch hunt. (Read More…)
What a strange story. A driver in President Trump’s motorcade at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, was detained by authorities for having a firearm in his baggage. Secret Service agents found the weapon while going through their security check protocols which involve several layers of redundancy.
The Secret Service released a statement saying that the President and the agents around him were safe at all times and that their security checks worked. It seems that the driver involved was traveling with a legally owned firearm and supposedly had no intent to harm or endanger the president or his security.
All of the drivers were replaced after the incident, just to ensure everyone’s safety. (Read More…)
Few would have expected to see a headline like this, but it may not be as bad as it seems. President Trump has indicated that he could be open to more rigorous background checks for firearm purchases.
Its no surprise that he’s open to measures that would keep firearms out of the hands of troubled or mentally ill persons. Most people on the Left or Right are probably open to such reforms, but the question is whether they’re feasible to enact.
Senators Murphy (D-CT) and Cornyn (R-TX) believe it is. They have proposed a bill that would close supposed loopholes in the federal background check process. Gun-rights groups are generally wary of these sorts of reforms and for good reason. They’re often used as springboards for more stringent laws that do nothing to prevent the sort of shooting Americans witnessed last week while making exercising one’s Second Amendment rights more expensive and burdensome.
I’ll be watching closely to see what happens in Congress with the hope that any proposals that are introduced are reasonable and effective. I’m skeptical but who knows. (Read More…)
In more surprising news, it looks like President Trump is using a diplomatic approach for the benefit of the GOP. Mitt Romney just announced that he’ll be running to replace Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. Hatch has already endorsed Romney and it’s likely that the former Governor has the race locked up; certainly the primary at least.
But what few expected is that President Trump would almost immediately endorse Romney as well. On the same day that Romney announced, Trump tweeted out his support for the candidate and wishing him luck. Romney responded by thanking the president and noting that he hopes to gain the support of Utah residents in the next 10 months.
It remains to be seen how the two men will interact if Romney does win, but it’s certainly better to have Romney win than a Democrat. (Read More…)
And yet another indictment from the Mueller probe. In addition to the 13 Russian people and entities, Mueller has indicted a lawyer from the Netherlands named Alex Van der Zwaan. Van der Zwaan works in London at Skadden, an enormous law firm with offices internationally. He has been charged with lying to the FBI about conversations he allegedly had with Ukranian officials as well as communications he had with Richard Gates, a previously indicted short-lived member of President Trump’s administration.
It should be noted that virtually every single charge made against an American by the Mueller team has almost no underlying legal claims outside of Paul Manafort — who had some personal business dealings which might cause him some trouble. Most importantly, there has yet to be a single charge related to the actual Trump campaign.
All while Hillary walks free for actual criminal conduct while being protected from prosecution by the FBI. This is not justice. (Read More…)
After a mass school shooting, true to human nature, almost everyone immediately has a nasty, shallow political response: blame a demonized, oversimplified ‘other’ that is causing the problems.
People try to find a scapegoat for blame rather than dissecting the situation. Hatred for the NRA, Congress, liberals, Republicans, pharmaceutical companies – everyone gets blamed, but nobody understands the topic any better than before.
Let’s buck the trends and analyze the fundamental social, logistical, and strategic elements occurring during these shootings. (Read More…)