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Today's Commentary: More people share Trump's frustration with "justice" -- Trump tries again to reform our immigration laws? -- Just how bad is San Francisco? -- New NYC transgender rules -- Trump's approach to North Korea nuclear talks -- Additional Mike Huckabee commentaries
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So much news broke in just one day about the FBI and special counsel “Russia” investigations that it might be best just to cover some of the highlights for now --- the most important, intriguing and even downright amusing revelations and side stories.
First, the word came that President Trump was adding former U.S. attorney and New York mayor Rudy Giuliani to his legal team. This makes a great deal of sense for three reasons: 1) the Michael Cohen warrants were issued by the Southern District Court of New York, Giuliani’s old stomping ground, 2) he’s been outspoken for a long time about the obvious double standard applied to Hillary Clinton, and 3) he’s RUDY GIULIANI, for gosh sakes. The plan reportedly is for him to stay on board just for awhile, with the goal of bringing the Mueller investigation to a conclusion soon. If anyone can do it, he can.
But here’s an amusing side note: Though James Comey goes after Trump on page after page of his new book, he also spends a great deal of energy attacking Giuliani at length. This secondary focus on Giuliani is so obvious, it’s even been noticed by others in law enforcement. “Every mention he made of Giuliani as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District, there were gratuitous shots,” said former FBI agent James Gagliano, a 20-year veteran of the FBI’s New York office. But here’s the hilarious part: Most of Comey’s cheap shots go after Giuliani for his ego –- for liking publicity and seeking media attention and for making everything all about him.
Trump tries again to reform our immigration laws
By Mike Huckabee
President Trump is calling on Congress to quickly pass a legislative fix for a major federal deportation law that the Supreme Court struck down as “unconstitutionally vague.” It allows the deportation of any non-citizen convicted of an aggravated felony, along with a catchall provision for any crime that “involves a substantial risk that physical force against the person or property of another may be used.” The case involved a “lawful permanent resident” who has two convictions for first-degree burglary under California law. His attorney argued that he had not committed any violent act while burglarizing his victims, so deportation shouldn’t apply. Trump’s own appointee, Justice Gorsuch, joined with the liberals in siding with the defendant.
Trump has tried before to get reforms of immigration laws through Congress, but he’s been stymied by Senate Democrats who block the 60-vote threshold to overcome a filibuster. So there’s some doubt as to whether they will allow the law to be clarified, even though it’s now allowing non-citizens convicted of multiple felony burglaries to escape deportation. Let’s hope their constituents make their displeasure very clear to them, the same way some California cities are making it clear to the state government that they are tired of criminal illegal aliens being turned loose to prey on citizens.
Just how bad is San Francisco?
By Mike Huckabee
San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but there’s some question of how long it will stay that way with its current far-left leaders squandering the treasure they inherited. The latest concern is that tourism is being endangered by the “progressive” belief that the rights of criminals, homeless people and illegal immigrants outweigh the right of residents and visitors to enjoy a safe, clean environment.
This week, a warning shot was fired at San Francisco leaders when a major publication described the city as being plagued by “people injecting themselves with drugs in broad daylight, their dirty needles and other garbage strewn on the sidewalks. Tent camps. Human feces. The threatening behavior of some people who appear either mentally ill or high. Petty theft.”
And a prominent citizen who has traveled the world said San Francisco stands out, but for the wrong reasons. He said, “The streets are filthy. There’s trash everywhere. It’s disgusting. I’ve never seen any other city like this — the homelessness, dirty streets, drug use on the streets, smash-and-grabs. How can it be? How can it have gotten to this point?”
Well, I think we all know the answer to those two questions. Some people seem to think that the wacky leftist policies that got it to that point are the “wave of the future” that the rest of the nation will happily embrace come November, although I have my doubts.
As for the two other questions I’ve yet to answer: the publication that ran that story wasn’t a conservative newspaper. It was the notoriously liberal San Francisco Chronicle. And the comments about the repulsive state of the city came from Joe D’Alessandro, president of San Francisco’s visitors bureau, the man whose job is to encourage tourism.
You know things must be bad when even they have woken up and smelled the feces.
New NYC transgender rules
By Mike Huckabee
It’s become a recurring theme here of pointing out the many ways in which the “progressive,” SJW (“social justice warrior”), far-left swing of the Democratic Party has placed ever-narrower victim group rights over common sense and in the process, shoved women’s rights to the back of the line. Recently, we’ve seen them demand that“transgender women” (women who used to be men, or even just men who “identify” as women”) be allowed to compete in women’s athletic events such as wrestling, weight-lifting and marathons, while we all pretend that the facts of biology don’t exist.
Now, the latest denial of reality at the expense of women’s health and safety: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (who is apparently trying to set a record for “Worst Mayor Ever”) and the city’s human rights commissioner Carmelyn Malalis announced that transgender jail prisoners will be allowed to be housed in jails with whichever gender they identify with. That means that male criminals who identify as women can be moved to women’s jails and women prisoners who identify as men can move to men’s jails.
In a statement, DeBlasio declared, “It’s the city’s responsibility to protect the rights and safety of all New Yorkers, and that means protecting transgender individuals in city jails as well.” All the other official statements talked about the need to protect prisoners who are “transitioning” or who identify as women from being attacked. Which is fine – except some critics pointed out that they didn’t address the rights of women prisoners not to have their privacy (or worse) violated.
The obvious solution would seem to be a special jail just for housing transgender prisoners. In fact, NYC already has one. Would it surprise you to learn that it was scheduled for closure due to recent scandals over mismanagement? Me, neither. But officials decided to keep it open as an option for transgender inmates who don’t feel comfortable or safe in either the male or female jails. As for female prisoners who don’t feel safe being locked up behind bars with male felons who claim to “identify” as women…good luck. I’m sorry that in the leftist Utopian fantasyland of Mayor DeBlasio and his ilk, women's rights to privacy and safety come last.
Trump's approach to North Korea nuclear talks
By Mike Huckabee
In a press conference, President Trump made it clear that he’s approaching any nuclear talks with North Korea in the same way he approaches business deals: if they don’t offer what he wants, he won’t take the meeting. And if they try to offer less than he’s willing to accept once he’s there, he will walk out.
That’s the kind of tough negotiating strategy that gives the vapors to the self-regarding Ivy League hothouse flowers who’ve been running our foreign policy for years as North Korea routinely mocked them and continued developing nuclear weapons and missile technology. They seem to think that appearing strong encourages bullies to attack you. Uh...no. That's one of those "should've learned this in kindergarten" concepts. Far from goading North Korea into attacking, Trump seems to have convinced Kim Jong-Un that he’s finally dealing with someone he can’t roll.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in is already in contact with the North to prepare for the summit, and he said this morning that “North Korea is expressing a will for a complete denuclearization. They have not attached any conditions that the U.S. cannot accept, such as the withdrawal of American troops from South Korea. All they are expressing is the end of hostile policies against North Korea, followed by a guarantee of security.”
If that announcement had come during the previous Administration, Obama would have been showered with more Nobel Prizes before the summit even took place. As it is, the longtime diplomatic corps types whose fecklessness and incompetence led to a nuclear North Korea in the first place will probably blow a gasket if Trump sticks to his guns and threatens to walk out unless he gets an ironclad guarantee of what he wants.
My suggestion: they should save themselves the torment and just turn off the news channels for a couple of weeks, until the people who know how to negotiate are finished doing it.