While leftists celebrated the first major “casualty” of Donald Trump’s administration – that being the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Monday night – the president himself was in no mood to trifle over who he views as the real culprits to blame for whatever disgrace the government is currently enduring.
Kyle Feldscher of the Washington Examiner reports, “President Trump took a shot at the people who told reporters about former national security adviser Mike Flynn's communications with the Russian ambassador about sanctions after Flynn resigned Monday.
“’The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?’ Trump tweeted.”
The coming days and weeks will likely reveal exactly who said what to whom in the Flynn matter, but in essence, Trump is right. The content of a national security adviser-to-be’s phone calls should not become the subject of gossip on the front pages of America’s newspapers – and that’s true whether Flynn is “guilty” or not.
Just over three weeks into Trump’s presidency it’s already become obvious that some members of the federal bureaucracy seem more interested in exposing potential missteps from Trump’s people than they are in doing their jobs.
No one is excusing actual wrongdoing that was committed, lies told or rules or protocol violations. If it turns out that Flynn did lie to Vice President Mike Pence about his talks with the Russian Ambassador, appropriate measures should be taken to correct the issue. In this case, Flynn resigned. That’s fine. Let’s move on.
But the underlying “leak” problem remains. Who’s leaking the information and why? And if they’re caught, what is the sanction awaiting them? Does Trump’s tweet about leaks make a point – namely that ALL of his conversations with foreign leaders could be subject to public release because no one can be trusted to maintain secrecy?
Who’s really in charge, the president or some leaker several links down the chain?
Apparently the Flynn situation has Trump wondering and that’s part of the reason why there’s a full staff review taking place, at least according to one source.
Josh Dawsey and Alex Isenstadt of Politico report, “President Donald Trump, frustrated over his administration’s rocky start, is complaining to friends and allies about some of his most senior aides — leading to questions about whether he is mulling an early staff shake-up…
“…Trump’s concern goes beyond his embattled national security adviser, according to conversations with more than a dozen people who have spoken to Trump or his top aides. He has mused aloud about press secretary Sean Spicer, posing specific questions to confidants about how they think he’s doing behind the lectern. During conversations with Spicer, the president has occasionally expressed unhappiness with how his press secretary is talking about some matters — sometimes pointing out even small things he’s doing that he doesn’t like.
“Others who’ve talked with the president have begun to wonder about the future of chief of staff Reince Priebus…”
This particular story was published before Flynn resigned but the gist still holds: Trump is unhappy with the way his administration’s image is being handled and he’s considering doing something about it.
None of this is surprising and if true it seems like the president will act on his instincts. The press keeps talking about Trump being angry about the “botched” rollout of his immigration and travel restrictions a couple weeks ago as an example of incompetence in his staff, but it was mishandled only in the sense that the president’s spokespeople weren’t prepared to defend what is on its face a legitimate, constitutional order, one that would still be in place today but for a rogue district court judge out in Washington state and the always liberally compromised 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Trump’s staff isn’t to blame for the flaws in the federal judicial system which allows judges to willy-nilly decide whether they like laws or not. If that’s the case then nothing will ever get done in this country because there are liberal ideologues in black robes from coast to coast.
Four of them happen to be sitting in the Supreme Court building. Good luck getting any sane policies past that group. Judge Gorsuch can’t be confirmed fast enough.
As far as Trump’s team is concerned it’s important to remember that we’re only twenty-six days into the new administration. Very few of these people have experience running the federal executive branch and there’s a hostile media watching their every move to report on any slight problem.
Add the “leakers” to the mix and you’ve got a heck of a toxic cocktail to find an antidote for. It simply isn’t fair – but it’s the media.
Jeffrey Lord wrote in The American Spectator, “What do we have here with this plethora of stories about the Trump White House staff? What we have is a media that cannot abide President Trump much less his agenda — and one of the ways to defeat both, so it believes, is to go after his staff. One by one. Reince today, Kellyanne and Steve Bannon yesterday, and Steve Miller tomorrow. Or whomever. Then… repeat. Endlessly.”
None of this should detract from the good things that have already been accomplished by the new president. Donald Trump is not your standard politician so it’s only natural that there will be a few bumps in managing the political fallout from “draining the swamp.” The swamp creatures have occupied the bog for decades and they know all the best places to hide from the hunters…or in the case of the “leakers,” chirp to the press.
The establishment will not go gentle into that good night, my friends. Sometimes a little patience is needed.
The media’s disgraceful treatment of Kellyanne Conway should not be ignored
As would be expected the day after a major Trump administration figure (who was also an early campaign supporter) turned in his resignation, the vultures in the liberal media were more than happy to circle the carcass and then begin sizing up other potential prey for consumption.
Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway hit the network news shows on Tuesday morning to present the administration’s side of the Flynn controversy. As would be expected, the reviews of her performance weren’t kind.
Louis Nelson of Politico reports, “Just one day after she declared on national TV that former national security adviser Michael Flynn enjoyed ‘the full confidence of the president,’ the White House once again trotted out counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway Tuesday morning, this time to explain why Flynn had resigned.
“Conway’s explanation, that Flynn’s misrepresentation to Vice President Mike Pence and others of his conversation with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. made his position untenable, did not hold up well under the scrutiny of repeated questioning. In two network news interviews, she could not answer why Flynn’s resignation came on Monday when the White House had been briefed weeks ago about his misstatements by then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates.”
It’s a liberal trifecta in this Politico story – dig at Trump, insinuate Kellyanne Conway is a lying scumbag and then throw in a plug for the fired and disgraced liberal Sally Yates all at the same time! Does it get any better than that?
Once again the media is searching for flames where there’s only a dust cloud mimicking smoke, but then again, Conway was talking to NBC’s Matt Lauer and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos when she said these things, two guys whose sole purpose in life is to make every conservative or Republican look as stupid, truth-challenged and uninformed as possible.
Lauer and Stephanopoulos were basically trying to get at a “who knew what and when did they know it” scenario reminiscent of Watergate. The media is no doubt thinking if they can somehow prove Trump kept a guy on staff even after he found out the man knowingly lied to him that the credibility of the entire administration would be brought into question.
Who else has been lying to the president? And why does he allow fibbers to continue serving? Is it because he’s incompetent…or crooked…or both?
Many of these same people didn’t care at all about “timelines” when Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, couldn’t get their stories straight on when they realized the Benghazi incident on September 11, 2012 was a premeditated terrorist attack instead of just a “protest” over an anti-Muslim video.
A host of Obama spokespeople went on TV the day after the tragedy and passed along the lie that four Americans were dead because of some obscure filmmaker. The media bought it hook, line and sinker.
The difference now being this particular Flynn dust-up includes the Russians -- and the media wouldn’t possibly miss another chance at furthering their “Trump is in cahoots with the Russians and he’s best pals with Vladimir Putin” narrative.
Democrats will use anything to take attention away from the fact that thus far every single Trump cabinet nominee has been confirmed despite all their ridiculous and fruitless efforts to stop them. So if Democrats get to talk about the Russians again, great.
Add Conway to the scenario and the media smells victory. As a successful conservative woman, it’s priority number one for the talkers to discredit her whenever possible. The Politico article stated that Conway got a much gentler reception at Fox News on Tuesday morning. Well, Fox is interested in hearing the story, not spinning it.
But where Trump is concerned it isn’t just Conway under the media knife. Journalists and pundits take it as a higher calling to try and depict the Trump administration as not only incompetent but also as a den full of deceitful snakes.
They’ll stop at nothing to discredit him. It seems the only source of decent news these days is Trump’s own Twitter account.
When you get down to it, the left’s excess is only pushing people closer to Trump
It’s safe to say most conservatives and Republicans who supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election understood the consequences of his election – namely, that the left would go bonkers.
Some backed Trump with a whole heart as an outsider champion who would ride into Washington on his white horse to “drain the swamp.” Others favored him because of Mike Pence and the conservative policies he promised to enact. Still others reluctantly got behind him because there was no other alternative. That’s life in our American two-party system.
But what’s happened since inauguration day last month has shocked all of us. The size and volume of the leftist “resistance” to Trump has been breathtaking. Many commentators, such as Kathleen Parker, see the left’s protests as evidence of the emergence of a left-leaning Tea Party movement that will ultimately lead to huge Democrat gains in congress and Trump’s impeachment.
Others see the freakish nature of the protesters and speculate they might actually be helping Trump.
In an article titled “Why The Resistance Is The Best Thing That’s Happened To Donald Trump,”
David Harsanyi wrote at The Federalist, “…Plenty of Americans — many of whom supported the president during the general election — don’t like Donald Trump. They do realize that politics is a tradeoff. A more revealing question pollsters might ask people is: But do you ‘like’ any better Chuck Schumer or Elizabeth Warren, pussy-hatted marchers griping about the patriarchy, or the totalitarians blocking Education Secretary Betsy Devos from walking into a public school?
“That’s the choice #TheResistance — whose mantra, let’s face it, has synched with the national Democratic Party — has created for many moderate Republicans, right-leaning independents, and movement conservatives concerned about Trump. Which is to say, they offer no choice whatsoever. They offer plenty of hysteria, hypocrisy, and conflating of conservatism with Trumpism for political gain.”
In other words, “#TheResistance” is only making the option of supporting Trump easier for a lot of people. In a political world where the choice is often “you’re with us or against us,” the Democrats aren’t offering much of an alternative for the sane people out there in flyover country.
Trump may not be perfect but at least he isn’t ready for the nuthouse like the protesters and their apologists in the media.
And when someone like film director Michael Moore is representative of the Democrats these days, the choice is even easier.
Nikita Vladimirov of The Hill reports, “Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore blasted President Trump on Tuesday, calling the commander in chief a ‘Russian traitor’ while urging him to ‘vacate’ the White House.
“’Um, @realDonaldTrump -- It's now noontime in DC & it appears you are still squatting in our Oval Office. I gave u til this morning to leave,’ Moore wrote in a tweet.
“’What part of 'vacate you Russian traitor' don't you understand? We can do this the easy way (you resign), or the hard way (impeachment),’ he added later.”
So…the left is basically offering people impeachment as the solution to Trump. As I wondered yesterday, does this mean Mike Pence is now more acceptable to them?
The truth is, it doesn’t matter whether it’s Michael Moore or some other kook saying such a screwy thing. The same words could just as easily have come from Elizabeth Warren or half of the Democrat senate caucus these days. As Harsanyi points out in his article, all they offer people is “resistance.” No solutions, no alternatives, just a forum to vent.
And that’s not much of anything except emotional satisfaction for the weak. Hot air weighs just as much as cold air and the density is the same.
Liberals just don’t get it; the more extreme they become the more “moderate” Trump appears to everyone else. Let’s hope they keep it up.