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There are two new books out about the Trump Administration, one by a former White House insider and the other co-written by a black political activist. But before you brace yourself for whatever mud the authors have agreed to peddle for a fat advance, you should know these are not the kind of back-stabbing books we’ve come to expect.

The first is by former Trump Director of Oval Office Operations, Madeleine Westerhout, and it’s called “Off the Record: My Dream Job at the White House, How I Lost It, and What I Learned.” She has some harsh words, but not for Trump. Westerhout saves her criticism for the media, and with good cause. After a dinner at Trump’s golf resort in New Jersey, she had a few drinks with some reporters she thought were her friends and who assured her their conversation was off-the-record. She made some catty jokes about Trump’s daughter Tiffany’s weight and his relationship with his daughters. Of course, the “off the record” comments were immediately reported, and she was quickly invited to resign. She now believes they reported those stories just because they hate Trump so much and want to hurt him in any way they can. She learned the hard way not to trust the media.

Westerhout says her comments weren’t true and it “broke her heart” to hurt Trump and his family. But she has talked to him on the phone twice since and he forgave her, which she says “just goes to show how gracious he is.” In fact, she was surprised to discover that he was nothing like what she expected. And she was hardly a Trump sycophant.

Until she went to work for him, all she knew about him was the horrible things she’d heard in the media, so she hadn’t even voted for him in 2016 (although she stresses that she did not vote for Hillary.) She was surprised to discover that he was nothing like how he had been painted. She says he’s actually a kind and friendly boss, he reads constantly, works very hard, relies heavily on female aides and is very warm toward friends, family and staffers.

Westerhout said one of her goals with her book is to counter the relentless false negative stories about Trump. I wish her luck, although I suspect that’s like trying to put out the Chicago Fire with a flyswatter.

The other new book is called “Coming Home: How Black Americans Will Re-elect Trump.” It’s by African-American conservative political activist Vernon Robinson III and Bruce Eberle of the Eberle Associates political fundraising firm.

They tell a similar story of not supporting Trump at first and only voting for him because he had to be better than Hillary Clinton (Note: he is also much better than Joe Biden.) But they came around after seeing him keep his promises about governing like a real conservative with his judicial appointments, peace through strength, cutting of regulations and more, as well as forcing new trade deals, making our allies pay more for their defense, strengthening border security and other measures that put Americans first.

But the thing that’s unusual about this book is its theory that Trump will win reelection because he’ll get a higher percentage of the black vote than any Republican in a century. Two reasons: he’s actually doing things to help black Americans (sentencing reform, job creation, rising wages, opportunity zones, protecting their churches) and unlike most Republicans, he’s actively appealing to them for their votes and not just letting the Democrats’ false claims that he’s a “racist” define him.

I don’t know if that will win him enough black votes to tip the election, although the Democrats wouldn’t have to lose that many for it to sink them. That’s why they viciously attack any black person who dares to oppose them (i.e., if you don’t vote for Biden, “you ain’t black.”) I know it can be done because when I was Governor of Arkansas, I reached out to the black community, listened to their concerns and worked with them to try to solve some problems. They were skeptical at first (they’d grown up hearing a lot of anti-Republican propaganda), but they eventually realized I was sincere. I’m proud to say that I won reelection with the highest percentage of the black vote of any Arkansas Governor since Reconstruction. But of course, I didn’t have a national media churning out a 24/7/365 river of poison accusing me of being a racist. That’s a lot to have to overcome.

November’s election will present a stark choice for African-Americans. Republicans offer proven policies that make them safer, freer and more prosperous. Democrats offer policies that have failed black communities for decades and are currently making life exponentially worse for them. But they’ve resorted to tokenism by adding a black VP candidate and they’re ramping up the false accusations of racism. I think that the choice is pretty clear. I hope enough black voters agree.

AOC Is Shocked...

August 12, 2020

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims to be “shocked” to have received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding News Analysis: Editorial and Opinion” for her part in producing a seven-minute art film promoting her horrendous “Green New Deal.” I am also shocked. Not that she was nominated, but that she’s shocked that she was.

Take a look at the other nominees. They include debunked conspiracy monger Rachel Maddow, Jorge Ramos, CNN and the New York Times. Not a single conservative commentator in the lot. Not even one of those who uncovered the truth about the Russian collusion hoax that the others promulgated for three years.

The Emmy Awards push liberal politics with their nominations and awards, they even push them from the stage during the show, and they’ve pushed so much of the audience away that last year’s show drew the lowest ratings in history.

So, yes, of course, AOC got an Emmy nomination. I’m just shocked that she hasn’t already won an Emmy for her Twitter videos of her making dinner in her apartment.

We’ve been looking at Kamala Harris from our own perspective as conservative Trump supporters. But what about those folks on the far left, the so-called “base” of the Democrat Party? Harris has THE MOST liberal record in the Senate of anybody there –- just to the left of Bernie Sanders; I am not kidding –- so you’d think they’d be thrilled with this choice. Think again.

As reported by Matt Vespa at TOWNHALL, leftist reporter Michael Tracey communicated in a series of tweets his utter disdain for this VP pick. Apologies in advance for a little rough language, but it does drive home what he thinks of her.

Vespa’s report reminds us what a major train wreck Harris’s presidential campaign was, leading to her departure from the race even before they had the primary vote in her own home state of California. That's how bad it was.

The tweets from Tracey reveal the problem not only with Harris herself but (perhaps inadvertently) with the entire Democrat Party. Tracey wrote: “Kamala’s past as a hardline prosecutor doesn’t endear her to left-wing voters, and her most recent embrace of an Extremely Online activist rhetorical style doesn’t endear her to “Law and Order” voters. So she’s in a weird political “no man’s land.” Who’s her natural constituency?”

In other words, no matter which way she goes, she alienates a major segment of Democrat voters. I would add that the Biden campaign's thinking may be that Democrats detest Trump so much that they won’t much care. That might be correct, even though what they hate is a wildly distorted abomination, an evil fictional creation, not Trump the real person. The media have done quite an effective job of demonizing him.

For Kamala, all of this is just posturing, anyway, a balancing act to use until the polls close on Election Day. How she “defines herself” during the campaign has little to do with how she’d use power if she really got it, or to whom she would be beholden.

Tracey praised Tulsi Gabbard’s evisceration of Harris at one of the debates, calling the points she made “100 percent substantive and informed by Tulsi’s sincere beliefs on criminal justice policy.” In contrast, he described Kamala’s response as “smearing her [Tulsi] with unrelated nonsense.” As I recall, that’s pretty much how it went down.

We all know who walked away the winner of that contest: Tulsi. If they were going to pick a far-leftist --- Tulsi definitely is one --- who doesn’t shy away from a fight and can beat-down even an experienced prosecuting attorney like Kamala, the congresswoman from Hawaii might have been more of a crowd-pleaser. Then again, she barely registered among Democrats during the primaries.

Anyway, Tracey's anti-Kamala tweets get more and more scathing as you scroll down. Keep in mind that he’s from the far left of the party; it makes perfect sense that one of his criticisms is this: “After all was said and done the Democratic Party donors and professional class got pretty much exactly what it wanted.” And he is right about that --- not just about Harris, but about the strange gap within the current Democrat Party, a gap that perhaps no prospective VP candidate would have been able to bridge.

Scary moment

August 12, 2020

Scary moment at the White House Monday, as President Trump started a press conference, then was immediately escorted out by the Secret Service. Trump soon returned and explained that shots had been fired near the White House, but not on the grounds. Someone had confronted a Secret Service agent, and there was a reported exchange of fire. Both the assailant and the officer were taken to the hospital but their injuries are not life-threatening. A big Huck’s Hero salute to that Secret Service agent.

The group behind “Occupy Wall Street” is planning a 50-day “siege” of the White House until Election Day, and threatening to fill Lafayette Square with tens of thousands of Antifa-type anti-capitalist radicals hashtagging “#revolution” at each other on their Apple iPhones. If they are as smelly and lawless as the previous OWS losers, it could be an excellent incentive to drive Trump voters to the polls. In the meantime, I’m glad to see that the Secret Service is on the job and ready and willing to take whatever measures are necessary to protect the President, his family and the White House.

Must Read: Why Choose Trump

August 12, 2020

I am often challenged as to how a practicing Christian believer and former pastor can support Donald Trump with his many character flaws. First of all, it’s not my place to judge someone else’s character. I’ve also never made it a secret that I find some of the President's language, tweets and behavior to be less reverent than I would like. But God has not sent us any perfect people in the past 2,000 years. When choosing a President, you have to consider more than whether you approve of someone’s personality and temperament. You have to consider what that person will do for (or to) America and the world.

When I look at how President Trump has defended life, religious liberty and Israel, and how he has worked so hard to restore American strength, protect the innocent, end terrorism, and create jobs and rising wages for all Americans – and I compare that to the far-left, job-killing, tax-raising, government-bloating, free speech-destroying, student-indoctrinating, religion-crushing, gender-confusing, crime-condoning, border-erasing, abortion-at-all-stages agenda of the Democrats – it is simply no contest.

Wayne Grudem is a Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona, and it’s obvious that he's heard similar arguments about how he can reconcile being an Evangelical Christian with supporting Trump. He’s written a response that is lengthy, but it’s incredibly thoughtful, well-reasoned and persuasive.

I strongly urge you to read it, bookmark it and share it with everyone you can. There are enough Christians in American that if we would just go to the polls and vote for candidates who support our values, there would be a permanent end to the government’s war on people of faith.

There’s only one change I would suggest to Prof. Grudem’s case. When he says today’s Democratic Party would “allow abortion up to the moment of birth,” I would add, “and well beyond.”

Judge Jeanine Pirro said something interesting about Joe Biden and #2 pick Kamala Harris in her appearance on Tuesday’s HANNITY TV show. It was almost a throwaway line as people were talking over each other, but it was this: “I mean, American people, we can sense who’s authentic and who isn’t, and you know what? The longer this goes on...the more I believe Joe Biden isn’t even gonna be on the ticket in the end. Because I can’t believe he picked this woman.”

In fact, former Obama adviser David Axelrod doesn’t think she WAS Biden’s choice.

She did get all of 2 percent of Democrat support when she was running for the nomination. But if former Vice President Joe Biden somehow does make it to Election Day without self-destructing with some monstrous, indefensible gaffe –- that’s a big unknown, a little less than three months out –- and actually (shudder) wins the election, his Vice President will very soon become President of the United States. I think everyone, at some level of consciousness, knows this. In fact, it might be about the only thing on which Democrats and Republicans can agree, though Democrats won’t admit it publicly.

At his Tuesday White House press briefing shortly after the announcement, Trump came right out of the gate with his opinion, saying Harris is “the meanest, the most horrible, most disrespectful of anybody in the U.S. Senate.” Coming from him, with the way he’s been treated, that’s saying a lot.

Trump said that in regard to the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, also saying that he “thought it was terrible for her and...terrible for our nation.”

The President was right. It was also terrible for the #MeToo movement, which was used for political purposes by Harris and others who were desperate to keep Kavanaugh off the bench. Harris might not ever admit it or even realize it, but the way those hearings were conducted actually set women in the workplace BACK, as it made men terrified of even taking a business meeting with a female colleague. This is true even if Harris personally managed to advance her own political career and end up on the presidential ticket as a result, in part, of her moment in the sun.

Oh, and speaking of #MeToo, Harris said in 2019 that she believed the women who complained about Joe Biden’s weird behavior with them, all that hair-sniffing and otherwise getting all kissy and hands-y.

One of them, former congressional aide Amy Lappos, after describing the creepy way Biden physically handled her, said, “There’s absolutely a line of decency. Crossing that line is not grandfatherly. It’s not cultural. It’s not affection. It’s sexism or misogyny.”

In April of last year, when Harris was asked about the various women’s claims, she said she “believes them and respects their being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it.” Well, yay all you women for coming forward! Kamala believes you, but that doesn’t mean she won’t do what she can to help the man who did these things become President and to proudly serve beside him, however sexist or misogynistic he may be!

One suggestion: if she’s going to stand beside him, she might want to switch to some cheap store-brand shampoo and quit using that expensive stuff that smells so good…

Recall that at the time this topic was in the news, THE INTERCEPT had obtained a 1993 transcript of Tara Reade’s mother calling in to an episode of LARRY KING LIVE (which, incidentally, was called “Washington: the Cruelest City on Earth”) about her daughter’s problems with “a prominent U.S. senator.” As you’ll recall, Reade came forward with extremely serious accusations against then-Sen. Biden. Harris hasn’t commented specifically on Reade’s story, but I doubt she’s been put on the spot, either, or will be, at least by the mainstream media. (Seriously, do you think the media are going to hit her with a “gotcha” question now?) I won’t go into detail here about what she says Biden did to her, but if you don’t know and would like to, the details are here.

Imagine if some Republican man –- say, a U.S. senator –- had been accused of doing something THIS SERIOUS to an UNDERLING while he was IN OFFICE, and Kamala Harris were questioning him about it with the cameras rolling. Think how utterly ruthless she would be. That's because it’s not about women; it’s about politics. If the accused is a political enemy, you know she’ll treat him as guilty until proven innocent, because you’ve seen her do that with Kavanaugh. (She’s even attacked him since.) If it’s Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, she sets the accusations aside and becomes his running mate.

She’s not the only one to put political power above all. It’s what Democrats do. THE DAILY CALLER contacted 24 Democrat senators, including Harris, to ask if they would even consider the allegations by Reade. Their offices were given 24 hours to respond, and not one of them returned the call.

Mollie Hemingway made the case on Tuesday that Biden “messed up” when he picked Harris. She’s not someone who will help get back any of those voters lost in 2016, Hemingway said. Instead, he picked “a far-left California Democrat.” I haven’t even addressed the issues here –- much more in the coming days –- but yesterday I linked to a piece that listed the “package” we’d be getting from Biden and the Democrats. (Scroll down to point #10 to compare “packages.”) Harris backs it all, 100 percent. Taken as a whole, this is scary, scary stuff, I dare say for most Americans.

Finally, look who tweeted enthusiastic congratulations to Harris on Tuesday. Yes, it’s the son of George Soros.

A lot can happen between now and Election Day. Judge Pirro is right when she says Biden might not even be the nominee by then. If he’s not, does that mean Kamala Harris advances to the top spot? No, the DNC gets to pick, and I'll bet they already have, "just in case." As the Magic 8 Ball says, “ASK AGAIN LATER.”

Healthy Again

August 12, 2020

Back in April, Democratic New York City councilman Paul Vallone reported that he’d contracted COVID-19 and suffered mild symptoms. But over the weekend, he revealed to the New York Post that he was actually severely ill and panicking because he suffers from sarcoidosis, an auto-immune disease that attacks his lungs and that left him with little immune system. He couldn’t breathe and was so weak, he couldn’t get out of bed. He said, “I needed something to stay alive.”

His doctor gave him hydroxychloroquine and a standard antibacterial Z-pack. Luckily, his pharmacist was able to provide it without having an anti-Trump politician or reporter block him from doing his job. Vallone told the Post that “within two to three days, I was able to breathe. Within a week, I was back on my feet.”

For all the grief President Trump has taken for allegedly spreading “dangerous misinformation” by simply saying that he’d heard good things about HCL and it might be worth trying, Vallone is grateful to him for speaking up when nobody knew of any treatment. He said, “At that time, there was only fear and panic; he offered hope in a possible treatment when there was none. With my sarcoidosis and then my COVID symptoms, it basically saved me. For that, my family will always be thankful.“

I’m glad he’s healthy again, and if it costs him his Democratic Party membership card to credit Trump and thank him, then that’s a small, small price to pay.

Hypocrisy In Full View

August 12, 2020

According to MSNBC, women’s groups are already mobilizing to fight any sexist or racist attacks on Joe Biden’s choice for Vice President Kamala Harris. Just like they did for Sarah Palin. Oh, wait…

I notice they’re already trying to blunt that reminder of their hypocrisy with the “Well, but…” rationale. Apparently, since they didn’t like Sarah Palin’s political views, it was okay to launch the classic sexist attack of questioning her unqualifications (even though she was the only one of the four – Obama, McCain and Biden – who had been a business owner and chief executive of a town and a state), to attack her family and to denigrate her with the most obscene sexist slurs for women. You know, just like it’s also okay to do that to Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump, who is actually leading an international project to help empower women in business.

If they really want to stop racist attacks on people because of their political views, they should start with the guy at the top of their ticket, who recently told black conservatives that if they don’t vote for him, then “you ain’t black.”

Monday, the Seattle City Council defied thousands of citizens who turned out Sunday to back the police (so much for listening to protesters) and voted to slash the budget of the Police Department. All but one voted in favor, and that’s only because she didn’t think they cut the police budget enough. It was a decision so idiotic and destructive that even Mayor Jenny “The CHOP zone is a new ‘summer of love’” Durkan urged them not to do it.

Within hours of the vote, Police Chief Carmen Best emailed them her resignation. For the record, she’s black, and the City Council cares so much about black people that they’d already slashed her salary and sided with protesters who threatened her home (neighbors turned out and defended it.) Now, as Best pointed out, their cuts will mean layoffs of about 100 cops, likely the most recent hires, who are largely minority officers protecting black neighborhoods. Thanks, “progressives!” Although I expect there will be no need to lay off police since so many of them will also likely be handing in their resignations and getting the heck out of town, just like business owners and law-abiding taxpayers.

Best ended her resignation with a message to her fellow police officers that she looks forward to “seeing how this department moves forward through the process of re-envisioning public safety. I relish the work that will be done by all of you.” Translation: “Goodbye, good luck, and may God have mercy on your souls.”

For some reason, this vote reminds me of something George Burns once said. When he worked with his wife Gracie Allen, they did what was usually called a “Dumb Dora” act. But he had to explain to new writers that normal “dumb” jokes didn’t work for Gracie. She had to say things that weren’t simply dumb, but they had to be SO dumb in such a cockeyed way that they’d sort of make sense to somebody who was totally coo-coo. Watching the Seattle City Council react to violence in the streets and a 525% leap in crime by voting to slash the police budget (because if there are no police to arrest criminals the crime numbers will plummet) makes me wish George and Gracie were still around so that the Seattle City Council could go work as their writing staff and stop destroying a once-great city.