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Today's Commentary: The Phoenix speech -- Supreme Court to hear First Amendment case soon -- Polling Virginia voters -- Reparations -- Mattis gets "in your face" -- News Bits
Good morning America!
At his rally in Phoenix this week, President Trump was back in full-on campaign mode, serving up more red meat than a Texas barbecue joint. He strongly defended his love for all Americans of all backgrounds, and went after the media tooth-and-tong for its attempts to depict him as a racist and KKK sympathizer. He recounted his exact words in response to the violence in Charlottesville and smacked down his critics by name, including dismissing the Washington Post as a lobbying tool for Amazon.com (it’s now owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a major Trump opponent.) He said there are bad people in the media who don’t like America and are more interested in ratings than the truth, blamed them for stirring up divisions in the country, and mocked them for turning off the cameras as he called them out.
It will be claimed that it’s unpresidential or counter-productive to attack the media so vociferously. But Trump obviously believes that the media are so biased against him that nothing will ever change it, so he might as well not even try to curry their favor. Instead, he’s doing what he did during the campaign: using Twitter and rallies to go around them and take his case directly to the people. You can be skeptical of whether that will work, but as he pointed out, he’s living in the White House. That was something the media thought they had the power to prevent.
Supreme court to hear First Amendment case soon
By Mike Huckabee
The Supreme Court will soon hear the case of a Christian grandmother whose florist business is being sued and fined into bankruptcy because she declined a job servicing a same-sex wedding. The lower court ruled that she violated the state’s law barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Two conservative groups have now filed an amicus brief on her behalf, arguing that she did not discriminate against gay customers – indeed, she had long provided flowers to one of the plaintiffs – but the government forcing her to participate in a ceremony that violates her personal religious beliefs constitutes "a frontal assault on liberties Americans have treasured for over 200 years." It will be up to the SCOTUS to clarify whether a right they invented out of whole cloth trumps a right embedded in the First Amendment.
Polling Virginia voters
By Mike Huckabee
There’s yet another poll showing that a large proportion of the public agree with President Trump that the blame for the Charlottesville violence was not all on one side. But this poll is particularly interesting because it involves those closest to it. MASSInc polling found that 41% of Virginians blame the left and right equally, while 40% put most of the blame on the white nationalists. It also found that by a 52-25 margin, Virginians think Confederate monuments represent history, not racism. However, only 30% approve of the way Trump responded to the violence. Judging from the way it was covered by the media, I wonder if they realize he responded to it pretty much the way most of them did.
By Mike Huckabee
Here’s where we separate the genuinely repentant white liberals from the fashionable virtue-signalers: A self-described “core organizer” of Black Lives Matter Louisville issued a list of reparations that she thinks white people owe to black people. They include downsizing your living space and giving your house to a black or brown family.
There are an awful lot of liberal celebrities, politicians and news media figures living in houses much larger than they really need and lecturing hard-working Americans who are just trying to keep a roof over their heads about how racist they are. Here’s your chance: put your mansions where your mouths are!
Mattis gets "in your face"
By Mike Huckabee
When it came to military strategy, the last Administration “led from behind.” This one is leading from “in your face.” Defense Secretary James “Maddog” Mattis just made an unannounced trip to Iraq, so he could tell ISIS to their faces that they’re a bunch of filthy, murdering cowards who are about to die. His full comments at the link, but yeah, that’s the gist of it.
At his rally in Phoenix, President Trump was back in full-on campaign mode, serving up more red meat than a Texas barbecue joint.
Donald Trump made his first televised address to the nation as President this week, a lengthy foreign policy address revealing what he has decided to do about American involvement in Afghanistan. As a candidate, Trump ran on pulling America out of foreign wars, but the speech represented a reversal of that stand.
Many in the media are still too busy having a collective conniption fit over President Trump’s bludgeoning of them at a rally in Phoenix to have reported much on what he later said to veterans at the American Legion’s national convention in Reno. If you’re more interested in substance than WWE-style smackdowns, it would be worth a click.
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