Evening Edition - July 16

July 16, 2018 |

Trump and Putin meet

President Trump is getting brickbats from all sides for his press conference with Vladimir Putin for not strongly confronting Putin over Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US election.  Trump said he did confront Putin privately and at length, and Putin confirmed that.  But Putin denied attempting to interfere in the US election. Trump also is under fire for saying that Putin made an “incredible offer “to have the people working on the case come and work with (Russia’s) investigators with respect to the 12 people” indicted by Robert Mueller.  Trump also said he wants to know why the FBI didn’t get to examine the hacked DNC server these indictments are based on.

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Trump is getting excoriated for being soft on Russia and criticizing American intelligence agencies, both by fellow Republicans and by Democrats who spent decades mocking anyone who criticized Russia as a Cold War troglodyte. They also used to hail Obama for his “smart diplomacy” in going around the world criticizing and apologizing for America.

Former Obama CIA Director John Brennan has made a reputation for ridiculous tweets, but even he outdid himself by ranting that Trump’s press conference was a “treasonous” offense.  This is a man who seemingly was unperturbed by a President giving a sweetheart nuclear deal and a planeload of cash to a country whose parliament was chanting, “Death to America” on a daily basis.  The fact that he was actually the head of the CIA sends a bigger chill through me than anything said at Monday’s press conference. 

One reporter even set a new world “Dumb Question” record for actually asking Putin if Russia had gathered compromising information on Trump during a visit to Moscow several years ago.  Putin denied that, saying he wasn’t even aware that Trump was in Moscow at the time.  He also told Chris Wallace of Fox News that back then, Trump was just one of hundreds of business men who visited Russia; he built hotels and ran beauty pageants, and nobody imagined he’d become President or cared that he was there.  But what did the reporter in Helsinki expect Putin’s answer to be?  “Dah!  Did you not hear about the icky videos in the Russian Dossier Hillary paid for?”  He’s the former head of the KGB, not a moron.

As for the political and media outrage that Trump praised Putin and didn't attack him to his face, recall that every recent President has started out thinking he could deal with Putin before learning better, and nobody screamed that it was “TREASON!” George W. Bush looked into his eyes and read his soul.  Obama kept the blinders on for years, offering Putin “more flexibility” after his reelection, basically turning Syria and Ukraine over to him, and mocking Mitt Romney for living in the ‘80s for warning that Russia was the biggest foreign policy challenge (and the same reporters who are now attacking Trump for his naivety toward Putin gleefully joined in the mockery of Mitt.)  I also suspect that the way this issue dominated the media coverage, at a time where there are so many major issues for the US and Russia to address, was a sign of just how successful the timing of the announcement of those indictments was.   

Would I prefer that Trump have taken a harder line in confronting Putin?  Sure, and I hope he issues a strong clarification and condemnation.  But this is his style.  We saw it with Kim Jong-Un: he approaches these tyrants with ego-stroking and an open hand in person while maintaining steely opposition elsewhere, through sanctions, military build-ups and other means.  It’s part of his deal-making strategy: make it very difficult to oppose him and publicly rewarding to compromise.  You can agree or disagree with the style, but he’s the President and that’s his call.

Frankly, I think it’s better than bowing and capitulation.  At least Trump always makes it clear that he’s giving foreign rivals the chance to change and cooperate, but if they don’t, the option of force remains on the table.  Obama spent eight years dealing with despots like Putin, and left office bowing just as deeply to them as he did when he first came in.  

Brennan schooled

Obama's former CIA Director attacked Congressional Republicans for expecting top FBI investigator Peter Strzok do his job properly by citing fake news from 1864. He got schooled by a high school student who knows how to use Google. The country’s in the very best of hands!


 Feinstein a right-winger

California is so in the grip of leftists that, due to their jungle primary system, voters will have only two choices for Senate: left and lefter.  And while polls show the majority of voters back longtime Democratic incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein (she beat second-place finisher, far-left state Sen. Kevin de Leon, by 32 points in the primary), the state party’s executive committee voted overwhelmingly Saturday to endorse de Leon.  That’s right: California state Democratic Party leaders have moved so far to the left that Dianne Feinstein looks like a right-winger to them.

De Leon released a statement reading, “The nation’s most accomplished Democratic Party is leading the call for a new generation of leadership who will fight to advance a bold agenda.”  While the Democratic establishment is probably most terrified of the “new generation of leadership” part, the rest of us should be more concerned about that “fight to advance a bold agenda.”  We’ve all seen their bold agenda: open borders, abolishing immigration enforcement, releasing criminal illegal aliens to prey on law-abiding citizens, economy-killing taxes to fund unsustainable big government giveaway programs, and all the other leftist ideas that have failed spectacularly for over a century, but they think they’re being “progressive” for still believing in them.  

As for California having the “nation’s most accomplished Democratic Party,” I suppose that’s true if you consider it to be an accomplishment when your policies result in the middle class and small business owners fleeing the state, the highest income inequality in America (the gap between rich and poor is now greater in California than even in Mexico or Guatemala), the highest poverty rate, and rankings as the worst state in which to do business (Chief Executive Magazine) and the lowest quality of life (Business Insider.)  And all this in a state whose nickname was “The Golden State” before they got hold of it.  Further proof that leftist policies tarnish everything they touch, even gold – and California’s Democratic leaders think the solution is to move even further left.    

They do realize that if they move any further left, they’ll fall into the ocean, right?  That would probably be a great blessing to the citizens. 



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Must Read

Here’s today’s “Drop Whatever You’re Doing And Read This” article.  It’s called “I Was the Mob Before the Mob Came for Me,” and it’s by an author who prefers not to reveal his name, for reasons that will soon become apparent. 

He confesses that he was once a “a self-righteous social justice crusader,” making good money in what he calls the “social justice industry.”  He worked in online media, using Facebook and Twitter feeds to attack and shame people who ran afoul of the unforgiving moral standards of the leftist PC mob, branding them as racist or sexist without a thought for the damage and pain he was causing them and their families, and gleefully racking up lots of clicks and “likes” and retweets.  It was a culture of meanness, surveillance and snitching, but it gave him a rush, as if heroin were distilled from self-righteousness.    

And then one day, it all came crashing down when someone accused him of one of those toxic masculinity thought crimes.  Of course, he was immediately judged guilty, because due process doesn’t exist in the SJW world. His colleagues starting combing through all his old posts, hunting for non-PC microagressions – which, of course, they found because the standards are constantly changing, and the past is always condemned under the standards of the present moment. He was shunned, shamed, ostracized, fired – and now, he’s delivering pizzas and sushi to try to support his family.

In the article, he looks back at how he fell into that narrow-minded, judgmental mindset; why it’s so seductive to close yourself off into a morally-superior bubble and so exhilarating to demonize and destroy people you never meet face to face; and why so many people just quietly go along with it out of fear of the online bullies turning on them. He also notes that there are never any apologies or amends for destroying people's lives; the best you can hope for is that the mob moves along quickly to its next target/victim.

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It’s well worth reading the whole thing, and it’s great that he’s learned his lesson, although I’m sorry his wisdom had to come at such a high price. I’m also sorry that he still feels the need to pay lip service to the arrogant leftists by adding that “many of the opinions I held then are still opinions that I hold today” about his “wokeness on topics such as LGBT rights, rape culture, and racial injustice.”  True freedom of thought, maturity and self-awareness will only come when you can’t hear the word “wokeness” without openly and unapologetically falling over laughing. 


I’ll also add that one of the commenters on the story named SJ provided some interesting links to studies on why moral outrage and moral grandstanding are so addictive, and why they’ve become so much worse in the Internet age.  One of the articles cites another study that found that less than 5% of people’s reported daily experiences involved directly witnessing or experiencing acts they would deem “immoral,” and they’re also not likely to see such things covered in regular media.  But they see them all the time on the Internet, where things that used to remain just local gossip go viral and become worldwide “outrages” in minutes.   

The study also notes that the creators of social media platforms accept no responsibility. They claim they merely provide a neutral platform for sharing comments and don't change anyone’s behavior . That’s sort of like saying that if you build a hotel out of kindling, it’s not your fault if it burns down, it’s the fault of the irresponsible people who lit matches inside it.  That might be somewhat defensible intellectually, but still: Why would you be dumb enough to build a hotel out of kindling?! 



Crime does not pay

Crime Does Not Pay: A would-be robber in Arizona learned the hard way that you don’t try to rob a restaurant whose staff seems to be about 90% large guys with no sense of humor.  Warning: this video shows him getting pounded like a cheap flank steak until he’s handed over to the police thoroughly tenderized.


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  • Wynd Pachini

    07/17/2018 09:10 PM

    I love your articles and You and your wonderful daughter and I am fully behind President Trump...I believe he was framed from the inside and that Russia had nothing to do with it...we have never seen the servers....they have not been picked apart by the fbi...and it is very curious that Wikki leaks showed us that the fbi had a program that could make everyone and their brother look like they were hacked by Russia....yeah no... I stand with my President!!!!!

  • Waylon Bush

    07/17/2018 06:58 PM

    Anyone remember "One Voice"? REFRESHER:

  • amos kalicharan

    07/17/2018 01:35 PM

    The left shows so much compassion for the children of the illegals at the border
    BUT only hatred for the children of the American citizens. They are fighting tooth and nail to KILL them before they arrive at the border of this world. ABORT their journey AND make SURE they lose their lives in the process


    07/17/2018 12:41 PM

    Always love getting your newsletters, this one gave me chuckles about the crook getting slammed by the "big guys", they were Big!
    No one says crooks are smart.
    Loved your Branson Missouri shows, looks like a cool place, and the BBQ, yum, thank you again for the great programs you deliver.
    Carmen Price

  • Randy Butler

    07/17/2018 12:37 PM

    Gov. Mike, I'm sure President Trump is scratching his head at ALL of the hullaboo. Is There anybody in AMERICA that thinks PUTIN is an HONEST person. PUTIN is a Bold LIAR. You do not advance thru the KGB to become RUSSIAN Dictator by being an HONEST person. President TRUMP Got PUTIN to Boldly and Arrogantly LIE Before the Whole WORLD at the FINLAND Summit. But Washington DC is shocked? Go figure.

  • Randy Butler

    07/17/2018 12:21 PM

    Gov. Mike, I'm sure President Trump is scratching his head at ALL of the hullaboo. Is There anybody in AMERICA that thinks PUTIN is an HONEST person. PUTIN is a Bold LIAR. You do not advance thru the KGB to become RUSSIAN Dictator by being an HONEST person. President TRUMP Got PUTIN to Boldly and Arrogantly LIE Before the Whole WORLD at the FINLAND Summit. But Washington DC is shocked? Go figure.

  • Randy Butler

    07/17/2018 12:13 PM

    Gov. Mike, I'm sure President Trump is scratching his head at ALL of the hullaboo. Is There anybody in AMERICA that thinks PUTIN is an HONEST person. PUTIN is a Bold LIAR. You do not advance thru the KGB to become RUSSIAN Dictator by being an HONEST person. President TRUMP Got PUTIN to Boldly and Arrogantly LIE Before the Whole WORLD at the FINLAND Summit. But Washington DC is shocked? Go figure.

  • Randy Butler

    07/17/2018 12:08 PM

    Gov. Mike, I'm sure President Trump is scratching his head at ALL of the hullaboo. Is There anybody in AMERICA that thinks PUTIN is an HONEST person. PUTIN is a Bold LIAR. You do not advance thru the KGB to become RUSSIAN Dictator by being an HONEST person. President TRUMP Got PUTIN to Boldly and Arrogantly LIE Before the Whole WORLD at the FINLAND Summit. But Washington DC is shocked? Go figure.

  • Randy Butler

    07/17/2018 11:34 AM

    Gov. Mike, I'm sure President Trump is scratching his head at ALL of the hullaboo. Is There anybody in AMERICA that thinks PUTIN is an HONEST person. PUTIN is a Bold LIAR. You do not advance thru the KGB to become RUSSIAN Dictator by being an HONEST person. President TRUMP Got PUTIN to Boldly and Arrogantly LIE Before the Whole WORLD at the FINLAND Summit. But Washington DC is shocked? Go figure.

  • Sandra Harshbarger

    07/17/2018 10:46 AM

    Thank you for your comments on the Trump-Putin meeting.

    How very sad how some (Christians encluded) to go after our president who has only their interest at heart. I watched Fox News when Trump first became president and stopped watching them for awhile because they were so obvious about their dislike for him. I have come to realize there are very strong people who honestly want him to succeed in doing what is best for our country and try very hard to make their voice heard on there. Unfortunately, too many want the opposite.
    After 8-12 years of crying out to God for a leader who would lead us wisely, we got President Trump. Not perfect (unfortunately this is stressed way too much) but willing to go without pay and take a beating that no one else could survive. Many throw their rocks and pebbles at him thinking they are better and know better. Really they are comical at times if it wasn't so tragic.
    Can you imagine what will happen if God decides we have beat up out president long enough and don't deserve another chance at freedom as we know it as a country.
    I remember watching Obama comment, "that some said he was the antichrist" with a smile on his face. Chilling moment.

    Thank you for listening

  • Dorothy Gunter

    07/17/2018 10:26 AM

    In response to your observation below I would add Hillary & the DNC care more about themselves than the country's top secrets/info being hacked & putting the US in danger. You reap what you sow (it does seem to be taking a long time tho) :)

    This suggests two things that all the rest of us should already know: (1.) The DNC was under the control of Hillary and working on getting her elected, not keeping the primaries fair and honest; and (2.) the intensity of Democratic OUTRAGE over Russia “assaulting our democracy” depends entirely on whether they think it might have cost them some votes.

  • Virginia Anderson

    07/17/2018 09:47 AM

    The Left would be outraged no matter what happened at the summit. These are the same clowns who mocked Romney for saying that Russia was the enemy. Now you're out of favor if you DON'T. Crazyville!

  • Jerry Korba

    07/17/2018 08:51 AM

    When will Donald start cleaning up all these anti American. the top people in the FBI and the CIA from the old and criminal Obama Administration we need to start new and with a honest plan forward we need the nation to continue to move in a positive way get the obstructionist out of the way they are slowing us down also I believe the Intel community was not completely honest but Donald should have waited till he got home before making that comment try and help him if U can Mike

  • Joy Gotwalt

    07/17/2018 08:37 AM

    After Obama was elected the first time, I was disappointed but I was willing to keep an open mind and see what the man could do. When one of the first things he did was go on his "apology tour", for me, it was downhill from there. I was so angry. No one needs to apologize for the United States. I had similar feelings about Trump from him meeting with Putin. Trump was NOT the guy I wanted but I voted for him and I have been willing to see what he is capable of accomplishing. Especially since he has no particular "brand" of politics. I was hopeful that SOME of that attitude would be helpful. I have several negative adjectives to describe him, but if he is getting results for the things that matter to me i.e. protecting the constitution, putting people back to work, eliminating the IRS, strengthening our military, prosecuting illegal immigration, getting other countries to FINALLY pay their fair share, (and the list goes on) I am willing to overlook personality quirks, if it gets results. I was taught to respect the office of President. It has been drilled into me since I was a child. His meeting with Putin, a crook, a thug, a murderer, a liar was totally uncalled for. It may be the best way for Mr. Trump to deal with tough business associates, but he represents more than just himself, he represents the UNITED STATES. Thanks to the media we have had our dirty laundry aired for the entire world to see. We did not need them to see the PRESIDENT of the United States, do a mea culpa with Russia, or imply that both countries were victims of false news which created the problems. I needed Trump to stand up there and tell the world we are not going to put up with the terrorist tactics used by Russia. PERIOD If it wasn't the right time, if it was the not the best advantage to do that, then shut up and stay home.

  • Patricia Buben

    07/17/2018 08:31 AM

    Whenever I need a lift after watching the news, I read your updates. They are humorous, factual and help me regain my perspective! I have never seen so much bashing of a President by the media or the Democrats. No matter what he does, it's blown up out of context and distorted. Didn't that used to be called "yellow journalism"? When I watch the news, I want the facts, not every media pundit's opinion. While not everyone's perfect, Trump is trying to do his best and yes, he will make mistakes. I think an investigation is needed into how the FBI determined Russia hacked our systems and how they got actual names. It's my understanding that it's almost impossible for a good professional hacker to be identified. With the state of our systems that you have described, anyone could have gotten in there and messed around with data. Thank you for your continued accurate portrayal of what's really going on!

  • Kimberly McCarthy

    07/17/2018 08:23 AM

    Unfortunately, President Trump lost the game by one play in the Press Conference, but ended up with the #MVP because he stuck to his game plan: {“I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of PEACE than to risk peace in pursuit of politics.” } The reporter scored with a trick play putting President Trump between a rock and a hard place. But, the Department of Justice ended up being beaten by #Putin who scored against them because of a #WeakDefensive play of putting out indictments against a dictator like Putin, accusing him of the very election meddling that the Department of Justice actually did and still are doing. When a #CorruptionCOUP runs from the inside against corruption from the outside, the #MVP becomes the star player when he chooses peace over politics. That is my take on the #TrumpPutinSummit


    07/17/2018 08:17 AM

    I am so tired of this witch hunt and the corrupt media. I want President Trump to declassify all those documents pertaining to this cover up by the FBI and DOJ and get all this vile corruption out in the open for ALL to see because I am also tired of these schmucks that still think there is something to see here.

  • Cheryl King

    07/17/2018 02:32 AM

    (They do realize that if they move any further to the left they'll fall into the ocean, right?
    That would probablty be a great blessing to the citizens.)

  • Amelia Little

    07/17/2018 01:36 AM

    I was thinking earlier, that first Jimmie Carter then obama spouted that all it would take to bring peace to the world is just to sit down and have conversations with the various world leaders. Heart-to-hearts, so to speak. Because, you know, all Republican Presidents did it the wrong way. obama also obviously felt that he could bring about world peace by apologizing for the greatness of America. You know, that country where people are coming to illegally because they want to be here so much they can't go the legal route? Such a bad, bad country!! That didn't seem to work out so well. And, your tweet about all the deals made by a Democrat President, a Democrat former President, and a Democrat wanna-be President are all things that the msm media (and the liberals) don't want anyone to remember.

  • Bill Kaufmann

    07/17/2018 01:01 AM

    And one more thing I forgot to mention. Does anybody seriously expect Trump to believe the US intelligence community over Putin ? The intelligence community Has a problem, they started this Trump - Putin collusion probe led by Mueller. The bias and anger against Trump has been overwhelming. Do they seriously expect President Trump to rubber stamp what they say about the russian interference in the US election. Maybe, and I am saying maybe, if the intelligence community (Comey and Co.) had not been so hostile towards Trump they would not have been mocked in foreign soil as they were today by Trump. Trump is the boss, let's not forget about this, all these intelligence agencies ultimately answer to the head of the executive branch, Donald Trump. So it is perfectly fine for Trump to express displeasure at the intelligence community, he is the boss, and he has been clear that he has no patience for the people that have politicized these investigations such as Comey, Strzok, Mueller, etc.

  • Bill Kaufmann

    07/17/2018 12:48 AM

    OK, Trump is not perfect, nobody is. Lots of things I do not like about him. With that said he is the best President the US has had since Ronald Reagan. Like Reagan, he is unorthodox, unconventional, and revolutionary in his thoughts. Paradoxically, Reagan saw the Soviet Union as an unacceptable threat and was determined to win the Cold War. He succeeded. Now Trump, realizes correctly that the Cold War is over and done. Trump also realizes that Putin's Russia is not the Soviet Union, something US politicians are having a very hard time coming to grips with. We can say all we want about Putin, but the reality is Russia has more in common with the US that many would think, first and foremost while all of Western Europe is moving towards atheism, Russia is a strong Christian nation. Putin is a Russian Orthodox, he is not an atheist marxist like the ones that ruled the Soviet Union. Russia has problems, it is not the perfect country, yet it has more in common with the US than the american political elite realize. Trump is a revolutionary and knows this, unfortunately the majority in his own party cannot see it and are still living in the Cold War. Getting along with Russia is a good thing, there will be disagreements, you better believe it (Syria to begin with), but trust there is much more in common than between Russia and the US than the establishment republicans realize. There is a reason Putin wanted Trump to win and not Hillary, even though he knows Trump would build a much stronger military than Hillary. The american right needs to get over demonizing Putin, this is not the Cold War. Putin is not a friend, but there are many commonalities between Russia and the US, that a lot of republican politicians stuck in the Cold War cannot see.

  • Robert Wells

    07/16/2018 11:44 PM

    Where did the evidence for indicting 12 Russian spys come from? The FBI never looked at the DNC server and they never looked at Hillary’s server. The only evidence I think they must have gotten was from the “private” security company that was hired and paid by Hillary and the DNC! That must be a great source for the “honest and fair” Mueller team.

  • Tim Helms

    07/16/2018 10:55 PM

    At the Helsinki Summit, President Trump did not believe a single word that Putin said. He was being extremely diplomatic in his speech when stated what Putin said that it was not the Russians and I think Trump was disappointed in Putin. If one listens to the change in trump's voice during the speech, it is easy to discern that he knew Putin was lying.

  • Thala J Susag

    07/16/2018 10:20 PM

    I like your tweet to Hillary. Too bad she never takes responsibility for anything and everything she
    has done over the years to destroy our constitution-based Republic. I had hoped Hill and Bill would
    retire after she lost the election, but I guess she still likes getting big bucks from the left. We discuss
    her obsession "tongue in cheek", but perhaps to our peril...she may be the most dangerous politician
    still alive today. Finally, we have a world-class leader, President Trump, who is not afraid to confront
    tyrants and heartless cowards like ISIS. He needs our daily prayers now more than ever, and help
    carrying the heavy load of making America great again.

  • Patty

    07/16/2018 10:09 PM

    Have none of President Trump's critics heard the old adage, "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar?