INTERPOL has warned that soon to be released ISIS supporters who have been imprisoned in Europe, could lead to a resurgence in power for the terrorist group.
Speaking to the Germany national daily newspaper, Die Welt, INTERPOL secretary-general Jürgen Stock said, “We could soon be facing a second wave of other ISIS-linked or radicalized individuals that you might call ISIS 2.0,” Stock added, “A lot of these are suspected terrorists or those who are linked to terrorist groups as supporters who were sentenced to maybe only two to five years in jail.”
He said when they are released, and you couple that with jihadists who have been coming home from fighting in the Middle East, we could have a Europe that is primed for a potential new wave of radical Islamic terrorism.
Short Sentences May Lead to Long-Term Problems
Many ISIS supporters in Europe were rounded up and jailed years ago, but Stock said because those jail terms were not so lengthy, their impending release poses a real danger.
“Because they were not convicted of a concrete terrorist attack but only support for terrorist activities, their sentences are perhaps not so heavy,” he noted. “This generation of early supporters will be released in the next couple of years, and they may again be part of a terrorist group or those supporting terrorist activities.”
Stock is not alone in his concerns. The INTERPOL head’s warning follows that of France’s Minister of Justice Nicole Belloubet, who said earlier this year that nearly 450 radical Islamic extremists were set for release from French prisons by the end of 2019, with at least 50 of them who are considered to be a “major terrorist risk.”
Ms. Belloubet claimed that the French state would be monitoring the activities of the prisoners upon release and many, if not all, are likely on the terror watch list, known as the S-File. However, there are thousands of suspected terrorists on the S-file list, including those who were responsible for the recent terror attack in Strasbourg — so, merely being on the watch list is no guarantee of protection.
A lack of manpower could be a primary reason why such known bad actors still slip through the cracks to conduct their heinous deeds. According to Yves Trotignon, a former agent of the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE), “intelligence officials simply do not have the resources to keep track of all 25,000 or so S-file members.”
The stock market has just closed with its worse December since 1931, and President Trump blames the Federal Reserve (the Fed) for the dropping Dow and a floundering economy. On Christmas Eve, after a disastrous stock market plunge, the President took to Twitter, declaring that the “only problem” with the U.S. economy is the Fed.
“They don’t have to feel for the Market, they don’t understand necessary Trade Wars or Strong Dollars or even Democrat Shutdowns over Borders. The Fed is like a powerful golfer who can’t score because he has no touch – he can’t putt!” Trump tweeted.
Perhaps more than any of another president in recent history, President Trump has tethered the success of his presidency to the stock market. With markets down for the year, Trump has turned his ire to what he believes is causing the market downturn – the increases in interest rates made by the Fed in 2018.
Playing With Fire?
On a recent Fox News Broadcast of “Special Report with Bret Baier,” Eli Lake, a Bloomberg Opinion columnist argued that Trump might be “playing with fire” by reigniting his feud with the Federal Reserve. While recessions are often “expected” in cycles of the economy, Lake said Trump was “making things far worse” by threatening to fire Fed chairman Jerome Powell for the decisions he makes. “There’s a reason why we want the chairman of the Federal Reserve to be independent of the president. The temptation is too great to juice the economy for a short-term benefit if you’re president and to ignore the long-term or intermediary-term consequences,” Lake said. “So in that respect, once again, President Trump is playing with fire.”
However, sitting on the same panel, conservative writer Tom Rogan said, that he felt that the activity in the stock market had more to do with some of the president’s more irregular rhetoric and actions than it does with anything the Fed is doing.
“I think the president would make a very big mistake for his own political interest and the economies were he to try to take punitive action against the Fed,” Rogan told the panel.
Kelly Jane Torrance, another conservative writer on the panel added, that it is “very clear” that Trump wants to fire Powell, but stressed that everyone is “putting a lot of emphasis on one man.” She also warned of the “volatility” that would trigger if Powell were fired but that eventually the market would “flatten out.”
When President Trump announced via tweeter that the U.S. is pulling out all 2000 of its troops from Syria, the move sent shockwaves through both houses of Congress. Many have said it was the straw that broke the camel’s back, and led to the resignation of former General John Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. Soon after, Brett McGurk, special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, also handed Trump his resignation.
However, despite the controversy, Trump has one staunch supporter of the pullout policy – Senator Rand Paul. In a recent interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Paul praised President Trump for doing “exactly what he promised” by withdrawing US troops from Syria — and derided the “armchair generals” in Washington who “want to keep us at war forever.”
Proud of the President
Paul went on to say that he was “very proud” of Trump’s determination to get troops out of the Middle East. “This is exactly what he promised … I think people believe that we’ve been at war too long and too many places and that we do need to turn attention to problems we have at home,” Paul added.
In a separate interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Paul also lauded the drawdown in Afghanistan, saying savings from that could be the source of wall funding that’s stymied Congress, and triggered a partial government shutdown.
Regarding the wall, Paul said he would not vote for wall funding, unless cuts to pay for it are made elsewhere. But, he added that the money to build the wall could easily be found by not gutting any other program, but simply withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan as well as Syria.
“I think we should have declared victory [in Afghanistan] years ago, I think we should come home and of that $50 billion in savings we would have enough for a border wall and security,” he said.
He concluded his interview on CNN by saying, “The President’s right, I think the people agree with him, let’s rebuild America. Let’s spend that money here at home.”
Without a doubt, the opiate epidemic is the worst drug crisis in American history. Today more Americans die from drug overdoses than they do from car accidents. Last year the number of drug overdose deaths rose to an astounding 72,000 – the vast majority of these were opiate or opioid-related.
How did we arrive here?
While corrupt doctors and academic institutions can both be blamed, if it hadn’t been for the existence and actions of a particular family, none of this would be going on. That family is the Sackler family – one of America’s wealthiest families.
Raymond and Mortimer Sackler, sons of Jewish immigrants from Galicia and Poland, are the owners of Purdue Pharmaceuticals which is the developer of Oxycontin and the engineer of America’s opiate epidemic.
According to Forbes, the Sackler family fortune exceeds 13 billion dollars. A fortune that they’ve ‘earned,’ and I use this term quite loosely, at the expense of millions of Americans who are now addicted to opiate or opioid drugs.
Before the Sackler family began its marketing and lobbying campaign for Oxycontin doctors were always reluctant to prescribe strong opioid painkillers – synthetic drugs derived from the opium plant. Until quite recently, physicians typically only prescribed these kinds of drugs for end-of-life palliative care and acute cancer pain.
That all changed when Purdue’s Oxycontin was thrust onto the American pharmaceutical market.
Before the drug’s release in 1995, Purdue Pharma began an aggressive and criminally deceptive marketing campaign which looked to completely overhaul the protocols and habits of doctors who prescribe opioid painkillers. The Sackler family paid doctors, funded medical research, and gave massive endowments to medical schools who then propagated the idea that previous concerns about Oxycontin addiction were unfounded and that the drug could safely and effectively treat an ever-expanding range of ailments.
After Oxycontin’s release in 1995 many hailed the drug as a ‘medical breakthrough’; a long-acting, time-release opioid that could help treat patients with moderate to severe pain without having the same addictive potential as other opioids. The drug reportedly netted around 35 billion dollars for Purdue. For a short period, Oxycontin was seen as the quintessential painkiller. A miracle opioid that exhibited all the upsides of a traditional opiate with none of their pitfalls…. Sounds perfect, right?
The marketing and widespread over-prescription of Oxycontin has left an indelible stain on the medical establishment and medicine as an institution in our country. Doctors who over-prescribed the drug and who facilitated the addictions of millions can and will always claim to have been ignorant or duped regarding the drug’s highly addictive nature.
But should we believe them?
Of course, we shouldn’t. A similar motive to that which caused fraudulent bankers to make subprime mortgage loans to those who wouldn’t be able to pay them back, without a doubt, caused doctors to become Purdue Pharma’s street-level drug pushers. That motive is greed. And more specifically, greed being elevated well above human goodness and decency.
The opioid and opiate epidemic didn’t happen overnight. For it to have occurred first one of our most trusted institutions, the medical establishment, had to be corrupted to its core. We have the Sackler family to thank for this.
It has now been 24 years since the Sackler family unleashed Oxycontin onto the American pharmaceutical market. Look at the irreparable damage to our society that’s been caused as a result. Vast swaths of the population are now hooked on heroin, and more people are dying from overdoses than ever before in our country’s history.
The American Society for Addiction Medicine has reported that four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescription opioid painkillers like Oxycontin.
Purdue Pharma has pleaded guilty to marketing Oxycontin to the public “with the intent to defraud an mislead,” and has paid a $600 million fine.
Over 200 states, cities, and counties have filed lawsuits against Purdue for criminal misbranding of the drug.
But for a family who made tens of billions of dollars from getting millions addicted to opioids, I think most sane people would agree that monetary compensation just isn’t going to cut it. Considering all the lives that have been destroyed due to the criminal actions of the Sackler family, nothing short of many decades of imprisonment for the family members who were involved would begin to pay the societal debt.
A recent poll shows that only eight percent of the American public believe the news media is … believable. The fact that CNN, MSNBC and the New York Times are advertising to promote their self-proclaimed devotion to the truth suggests that they know they have a problem.
And well they should.
Much of the elitist east coast press is not only on 24/7 anti-Trump mode, but they are descending into hyper nonsensical reporting – torturously spinning every benign action or comment by Trump into a negative. When it comes to any devotion to journalistic standards, ethics and truth, most of the left-wing hosts, panelists, columnists and editorialists have jumped the guardrails. In more than 60 years of dealing with the press, I have never seen such vicious mendacious reporting.
The folks at MSNBC, CNN, the New York Times and Washington Post are no less the propaganda vehicle for the Democratic Party than are the Russian, Chinese and North Korean media the tools of their respective one-party leadership. That is not a hyperbolic statement. MSNBC, as one example, runs 24 hours of constant anti-Trump spin. On one morning alone, I counted more than a dozen untrue or misleading statements on Morning Joe – and I was watching for about half an hour.
That is not new. What IS new is how they have not surpassed dishonesty to wallow in reportorial irrationality. Consider the reporting on Trump’s visit to the troops in Iraq.
One can expect the “he should have done it sooner,” but that was not enough. Building on their false narrative that Trump is a knee-jerk decision-maker, one report alleged that the trip was a last-minute decision because of the criticism. Totally untrue. The Christmas Eve trip was in the planning stage for more than a month – and those who aired those false reports either knew it and a lie or they are the most ignorant folks on earth. Take your pick. Anyone who knows anything about presidential travel would know that it does not – and cannot – happen on a whim.
Criticism got creative when a number of those bobblehead panelists started spreading the claim that Trump had violated Iraq’s sovereignty by his “secret” visit. You just cannot believe that intelligent people would be so deprived of personal integrity, knowledge or logic to make such a ridiculous claim. Of course, for security reasons, the visit was very secretive, but NOT for the Iraq leadership. Do these people really believe that we would fly Air Force One into a war zone without alerting all those people with defensive rockets and fighter jets?
They criticized Trump for not taking the time to visit with the Iraqi President Barham Salih. Aren’t these the same people who (inaccurately) slammed Trump for meeting with heads-of-state without adequate preparation? And for security reasons, it was to be a fast in and out. Trump and Salih did talk by phone.
Of course, they ripped apart portions his speech to the troops because they say he went beyond trite cliché comments that the establishment deems “presidential.” He gave the troops a bit of the political picture from his perspective – a bit of the Trump razzmatazz. Yes, there was a bit of partisanship in his comments – just as the messages the left provides our military personnel has more than a tinge of partisanship. In fact, the Democrats and the press spend an inordinate amount of time undermining the Commander-in-Chief. Isn’t that politicizing the military?
Our men and women in uniform are not combat zombies that have no interest in the bigger picture. As voters, we should want them informed – and that means hearing from all sides.
Then there was the major criticism of the day. It flowed through the anti-Trump newsrooms like raw sewage. Brace yourselves. This is a shocker. President Trump was caught on camera autographing a Make America Great Again baseball cap for a young soldier – a cap that the young man brought in the hope of having it signed.
The word “inappropriate” echoed from newscast to newscast. Trump was politicizing the military. That was a campaign slogan on the red cap. As one panelist said, “That should never have happened.” They not only criticized Trump for a modest kindness, but — hard as it is for a rational person to believe – that the young soldier was going to be in a heap of trouble with his commanders for participating in this offense against the military. Maybe if he deserted like Bowe Bergdahl, the left-wingers would not be so hard on him.
Have you noticed something all these reports have in common? The signing of the cap, the out-of-context portions of the speech, invading Iraq and heading out of the country without telling the press a month in advance??? None of them have to do with the major issues of the Middle East. None of them talk about the progress of the military mission. None of that matters.
They are all shameless nitpicking as part of their anti-Trump agenda. If the press can elevate signing a baseball cap for a soldier to a major national crisis, we have no reason to expect truth, justice and the American way from those currently dominating the increasingly corrupt Fourth Estate.
So, there ‘tis.
This year, instead of jetting off to the warm sun of his Mar-a-Lago seaside resort in Florida, President Donald Trump has decided to spend the holidays at the White House.
According to Fox News, “the decision to celebrate inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue marks the first time since 2000 that the nation’s chief executive will enjoy festivities inside the mansion.” President and Mrs. Clinton, along with daughter Chelsea, were the last first family to enjoy a quiet Christmas on the second floor of the world’s most famous address.
In days past, it was the exception and not the rule, for a President to leave the White House for the Holidays. It was a given that he would stay at the residence, and in fact, he would invite, friend, family, and even other world leaders to celebrate with him and the first family.
In 1805, Thomas Jefferson, who played Christmas carols on his violin, celebrated Christmas Day with six of his grandchildren and over 100 of his friends. Thirty years later, Andrew Jackson’s children hung their stockings in the president’s bedroom and encouraged their father to do the same. Come morning, Old Hickory awoke to find his Christmas stocking stuffed with slippers, a corn cob pipe and a bag of tobacco.
But, perhaps the most famous and momentous Christmas Eve at the White House, was in 1941 when President Roosevelt hosted Britain’s Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. Just over two weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and America’s entrance into World War II, FDR and Mr. Churchill stood in unison in the cold twilight on the South Portico of the White House to light the community Christmas tree.
“I spend this anniversary and festival far from my country, far from my family, yet I cannot truthfully say that I feel far from home,” the prime minister said in his message broadcast live across the world via radio. “This is a strange Christmas Eve. Almost the whole world is locked in deadly struggle, and, with the most terrible weapons which science can devise, the nations advance upon each other …”
“Here, in the midst of war,” he continued, “raging and roaring over all the lands and seas, creeping nearer to our hearts and homes, here, amid all the tumult, we have tonight the peace of the spirit in each cottage home and in every generous heart … Let the children have their night of fun and laughter. Let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play. Let us grown-ups share to the full in their unstinted pleasures before we turn again to the stern task and the formidable years that lie before us, resolved that, by our sacrifice and daring, these same children shall not be robbed of their inheritance or denied their right to live in a free and decent world.”
Don’t get me wrong, President Trump may not be facing a world war, but in the wake of all of the recent controversy and upheaval in Washington, by staying right here in the White House he has shown a resoluteness in the face of ongoing crisis that is reminiscent of Churchill’s words, and a reminder that we should all come together and share God’s blessings, not as Democrats or Republicans – but as Americans.
A Surprise Visit
In another display of strength and compassion in the wake of controversy, on the day immediately following Christmas, President Trump and First Lady Melania, made an unannounced visit to US combat troops overseas. “President Trump and the First Lady traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night to visit with our troops and Senior Military leadership to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
This is the first time Trump has visited U.S. troops in a war zone since becoming president.
The White House and congressional leaders remained at a standstill over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion for a southern border wall. Markets were down on a shortened trading day as investors grappled with the shutdown. The Dow Jones Industrial average had slid 472 points by midday, or 2.10 percent.
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, said on Sunday, Dec. 23, that the White House had made a new offer to Democrats for a funding bill that would spend more than the $1.3 billion for border security that Democrats already support but less than the $5 billion for border-wall construction that Trump has called for publicly.
Since the Senate won’t meet again until at least Thursday, Dec. 27, Mulvaney said the shutdown could continue into the new Congress, which begins Jan. 3. Democrats, who will take control of the House that same day, will have additional leverage to negotiate with Trump in the New Year.
“I don’t think things are going to move very quickly,” Mulvaney told Fox News Sunday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said senators would be told when a vote was scheduled and that “negotiations will continue” in the meantime. The Senate next plans to meet Thursday for debate. The House has instructed lawmakers no votes are expected until at least Thursday.
What the Shutdown Means for Trump and the GOP
Of course, Democrats — who are pinning the shutdown firmly to Trump’s chest – are hoping that it will be disastrous for the President. In light of Trump’s controversial withdrawal from Syria, the surprise resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and a continued decline in the stock market, the Left hopes that a Trump induced shutdown, will only add to the growing sense that the government and the Administration are in near terminal chaos.
“This is not about the wall for Democrats. It’s not even about immigration for Democrats,” tweeted Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. “This is about denying the President a win on a signature agenda item that he promised the American people.”
But despite the wishes of the Democrats, politically, the shutdown is unlikely to hurt either President Trump or the Republican Party.
The shutdown occurred as Trump dug in his heel on funding for the wall. Trump voters want the wall, and political effects of shutdowns usually fade quickly after shutdowns are resolved. That this shutdown occurs nearly two years before the next election, merely adds to the fact this is probably a good gamble by Trump.
Polls have long shown that controlling immigration is a high priority for the Republican Party in general, and to Trump supporters specifically. In fact, according to the Washington Post, midterm exit polls showed that immigration was the second-most-important issue facing the country, and voters who thought it was the most important voted Republican by a 3-to-1 margin.
Republicans also overwhelmingly support building the wall. The most recent Quinnipiac poll showed that 43 percent of Americans supported building the wall, including 86 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of Independents. The same poll found that 52 percent of Republicans think immigration should be the top issue for Congress in the coming year.
Forcing a shutdown over the wall is not likely to gain Trump or the GOP much support on the Left, but it reinforces their position with their voters and emphasizes Trump’s commitment to keeping his campaign promises no matter what.
Technocratic globalists in Brussels, along with their corporate media pawns, have their panties in a wad over the former White House chief strategist and former executive chairmen of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon’s newest political project. It’s called ‘The Movement.’ The Movement can be seen as a kind of a pan-European umbrella group for the various national populist and anti-establishment parties across the continent.
The Movement seeks to unify all of the anti-establishment, populist factions which transcend the left-right paradigm, and who fight the unified neoliberal political, banking and media class.
What is The Movement?
The Movement is nothing less than a national populist insurrection aimed directly at heart of the hegemonic globalist forces inside of the European Parliament.The Movement seeks to directly challenge the globalist ideology of the European Union by bringing together the various Euro-skeptic parties inside of the EU who promote economic nationalism, a return to tradition and national customs and cultures, national sovereignty, border control, and security.More specifically, the non-profit organization will act as a central source for polling, data targeting, political advice and think-tank research for underfunded national populist groups whose support is currently surging all over Europe.Bannon has described The Movement as a counter organization to George Soros’s OpenSociety Foundation.
The Movement seeks to boost the Euro-skeptic presence inside of the European Parliament during EU Parliamentary elections this coming May – a vote that inevitably will shape European politics for decades to come. The primary objective of The Movement is to forge a kind of “supergroup” of right-wing national populist lawmakers inside of the European chamber – a feat that would require the participation of at least 25 European MEPs from seven EU member states.
The Movement’s first inaugural summit, which will take place in the EU capital of Brussels, is expected to take place sometime in mid-January.
Who Is Involved?
Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Interior Minister, head of the ruling Lega party and de-facto leader of the state, has met on several occasions with Bannon and is now an official member of the group. Salvini pledged support to the Movement following a meeting with Bannon in Rome.
Bannon has repeatedly referenced the ruling coalition between Salvini’s right-wing populist party, Lega, and Luigi Di Maio’s left-wing populist party, Five Star Movement, as the model for anti-establish, national-populist movements across Europe and North America.
Bannon has declared, “Italy is the beating heart of modern politics and the center of the political universe right now. If it works there, it can work everywhere.”
The leader of the Belgian People’s Party, Mischaël Modrikamen, is also officially registered in the group.
Hungary’s national populist Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, has also spoken positively about Bannon’s Movement, saying that it’s refreshing for a political actor from the US to come to Europe to propagate conservative ideas instead of neoliberal values. Although Orbán didn’t explicitly state that his party Fidesz would take part in The Movement, he did say that he “wished a lot of success” to Bannon’s project.
Bannon has also held talks with the leadership of the ruling Polish populist party, PiS (Law & Justice Party), the Sweden Democrats, National Rally in France, the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, Germany’s AfD (Alternative for Deutschland) and England’s UKIP (U.K. Independence Party).
Recap of the Core Tenants of ‘The Movement’?
To internationalize and organize the national populist movement
Rejection of the contemporary technocracy of the European superstate
The view that the EU has become undemocratic and unaccountable to the people
Elevating the idea of the nation over the concept of globalism
Promotion of economic nationalism
Taking back control over national borders
Putting the native citizens of the country first
A renewed commitment to traditional culture, custom, and tradition
Primary Goal: to affect the outcome of the European Parliamentary Elections in May 2019
Historically EU Parliamentary Elections have a low turn-out. Bannon is hoping he can capitalize on this by organizing and mobilizing the populist right and left to swing elections perhaps significantly and take over the EU parliament.
The Movement is expected to employ fewer than ten full-time staff ahead of the 2019 European Parliamentary elections. Among the positions would include a communications director, a polling expert, an office manager, and a political analyst/researcher. If things go as planned and the project is deemed successful following the 2019 EU Parliamentary Elections, Bannon will increase the size of the non-profit to about 25 staff members.
If The Movement is triumphant, it could very well change the political complexion of Europe indefinitely. For more on Europe’s fight for freedom, check out Occidental Defense
No, the headline does not refer to some new musical group put together by her new hubby, Joe Scarborough. It refers to a vulgar insult Mika Brzezinski leveled at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and by extension, President Trump.
In Mika’s foot-stomping frustration that Pompeo has said that there is no direct evidence to link Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to the grisly murder of Arab activist and stringer for the Washington Post, Jamal Khashoggi, Brzezinski let loose with a nasty zinger directed against Pompeo. While Pompeo’s comment is controversial, the issue at hand is Mika’s response.
She rhetorically wondered when Pompeo was going to stop being Trump’s “butt boy.” It was a three-fer. In that one statement, she cravenly insulted Pompeo, Trump (intentionally) and … ah … butt boys (unintentionally).
For those who are not familiar with the term “butt boys.,” allow me to explain — discreetly. Hmmmmm. It is the “discreet” part that is difficult. Okay. Think of it as a submissive young man or boy? (her word, not mine) who brings up the rear for the sexual satisfaction of a dominant, usually older, powerful man.
It is a term that should not even be in the mental dictionary of such self-proclaimed left-wing political correctness aficionados as Brzezinski, much less blurted out from the public platform. Geeez!
Brzezinski apologized the next day – after MSNBC started feeling the heat from their audience. The fact that she did not recoil in horror at the moment and say, “Oh my God, I can’t believe what I just said. I am soooooo sorry.” The lack of an immediate correction suggests that even after having uttered that all around slander, she was not shocked, horrified or even upset. And if she said that so publicly, there is a verrrrry high probability that she has used that term more than once in private conversations.
It also reveals the depth of her own political depravity. Her hatred for Trump – and all those who refuse to join her hate club – has unhinged her to such a level that she has no credibility as an analyst of the news. She is a savaging propagandist.
Of course, her apology was more or less directed to the gay community – those represented by that acronym of letters that keeps growing faster than my ability to recall them all. She made no pretense of apologizing to Pompeo or Trump – and therein lies a dilemma for Brzezinski. In the spirit of Jerry
Seinfeld’s show, in which every reference to gays was followed by the obligatory “… and there nothing wrong with that.”
By alluding to that particularly gay sexual practice, Brzezinski is basically insulting gays. Mika sees accusing a couple of straight guys as being gay men (… and nothing wrong with that) as the absolute insult. It is essentially a condemnation of gayness that would be well received in the most zealous religious communities – Christian, Jewish or Muslim.
Brzezinski should apologize to her audience in general for using … abusing … her media platform for saying something that may well have gotten her a timeout on Facebook. Her lowlife comment would be like me calling Mika a “media slut” because we politically disagree – which I never would, of course.
And then there is the final point. Why is it when the left displays hate and hypocrisy offensive even to their own politically correct standards, there are rarely any repercussions? If MSNBC were not so hypocritical, Mika’s required apology would have been followed by at least a two-week suspension. But then we know the answer.
So, there ‘tis.
They have been called everything from “deplorables” to “patriots.” But, whether you agree with their politics or not, most likely we’ve all got some Trump supporters on our holiday gift list. So here — in no particular order — are our Top 7 Gifts for Trump Fans. These gifts will make a HUGE impression for the holidays, birthdays, or any other time you want to say, “Let’s make our relationship great again!
1. Make America Great Again Christmas ornament
You can make your tree look great again with this MAGA hat ornament, for sale on Trump’s still operational campaign website.
2. Jon McNaughton Print
Jon McNaughton is, without question, the pre-eminent artist of the #MAGA era. His classical paintings depicting Trump in a variety of heroic settings have drawn praise from the right and ridicule from the left. McNaughton’s painting includes: the president guiding a boat full of key administration officials across the Swamp (a-la Washington crossing Delaware), teaching a potential socialist in a hoodie how to fish and, most recently, scoring a touchdown against a team of liberal football players wearing old-timey leather helmets. Prints of these paintings and more are available on McNaughton’s website.
3. Just the Tweets
Can’t get enough of Trump’s tweets? Read them all, in a real estate agent and huge Trump fan, Trisha Hope’s, book, “Just the Tweets.” It is subtitled “Volume 1” because the president has not stopped tweeting and there are bound to be many more volumes to come.
4. Official Merry Christmas Hat
This is a holiday version of the classic Trump Make America Great Again hat, but the saying is now adorned in Christmas lights, and it says Merry Christmas on the back, too.
5. Keepsake Popcorn Bucket
This large tin bucket of popcorn, available on the Breitbart website, comes with three flavors of popcorn: butter, caramel and cheese, and a lid emblazoned with the Breitbart logo and a quote from Trump: “We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”
6. Build the Wall
It is still questionable if the president will or will not get the funding for his wall. Forget all the political squabbling and build your own with this “Build the Wall” Lego-style set from Keep and Bear.
7. Trumpy Bear
“Born” on Flag Day, the ever popular “Trumpy Bear” seen being held by many fans at Trump rallies makes a great Holiday or any time gift for the Trump Fan in your life. A recent commercial, broadcast during Fox News, said that “Trumpy Bear is loved by all. Michael Ruffino, a former Marine, is proud to carry Trumpy Bear on the handlebars of his motorcycle. Golfers save it a seat in their carts. Even the toughest guys will love Trumpy Bear.”
Most of these items and much more official “Trump Merch” can be found on the Trump-Pence Campaign website – let’s make gift giving great again!