Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Trump Only Became A Racist When He Ran For President As A Republican


Commentary

By Frances Rice


Highly informative is Raynard Jackson’s article:  “Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Oprah Winfrey Ignored Trump’s “Racism” for Decades. What Really Changed?”

In his article, Raynard points out that “Black folks like Rev. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Oprah Winfrey, who now want to brand Trump as a racist, didn’t seem to mind associating with the “Apprentice” star when he just owned casinos and restaurants.”



Click here to view a video where Jesse Jackson praises and thanks Donald Trump for a lifetime of service to African Americans.

Raynard’s article provides details about how Trump has always been supportive of black people. 

Below  are the salient facts included in his article. To read the entire article, click here.


“For decades, Trump has been the toast of New York City elites and the media has always clamored to get interviews with Trump. Anyone who spends time in the Big Apple knows that stories about Trump sell newspapers and his TV interviews garner epic ratings.

"Even before Trump opened his hotels in Atlantic City, N.J., both ordinary people and celebrities would line up to get pictures with Trump; the real estate tycoon would parade very influential and aspiring politicians into his office and have them grovel for his support and money; and they were happy to do it, especially if there was a news crew around.





"They had mutual business dealings together that seemed to be based on each of their personal agendas. They each had something that the other wanted and needed and struck deals based on this set of mutual interests.

"Trump both raised funds and contributed thousands of dollars to Sharpton-backed causes over the years according to National Review.



"These Black folks who now want to brand Trump as a racist didn’t seem to mind associating with him when he owned casinos; when he was one of the biggest boxing promoters in the world; when he flew them around on his private jets and helicopters, or when he invited them to appear on his “Apprentice” TV show.

"So, the question that I ask Black America and White liberals is this: When did Donald Trump suddenly become a racist? 

"Before he entered the world of politics, he was branded as the life of the party; now that he is president, he is being branded as a racist.

"What gives here?

"Bill and Hillary Clinton were personal guests at Trump’s wedding to Melania in 2005 at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s private members-only club in Palm Beach, Fla. Other notables at Trump’s wedding were: Shaquille O’Neal, Anna Wintour, Simon Cowell, Kelly Ripa, Katie Couric, and Russell Simmons.

"For a racist, Trump seems to have a very eclectic group of friends from all walks of life.

"An interesting point of fact is that Mar-a-Lago is located in Palm Beach, Florida, one of the wealthiest communities in the United States. Two of Mar-a-Lago’s competitors—the Palm Beach Bath and Tennis Club and The Everglades Club—have notoriously refused to admit Blacks. 



"In comparison, according to a Complex.com article on the “25 Most Outrageously Exclusive Social Clubs in America” Trump’s Mar-a-lago club, doesn’t discriminate against anyone who can afford the $150,000 initiation fee and $7,000 in annual dues.

"The Wall Street Journal reported that, in 1996, “Trump filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Palm Beach, alleging that the town was discriminating against Mar-a-Lago, in part because it is open to Jews and African Americans.”


"To those who are instinctively going to disagree with this column, please answer my simple question: When did Trump become a racist?"

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Minorities Are Winning Under President Trump



President Trump Has Fought For All Americans To Have Better Job Opportunities, Access To Healthcare, And Overall Quality Of Life



President Trump has fostered a roaring economy for all Americans, driving down unemployment rates for minority groups, with African American, Asian, and Hispanic unemployment hitting near record lows in recent months.

Under President Obama, African American unemployment was on average 5.2 percent higher than the general population, and Hispanic unemployment averaged 1.9 percent higher.

Under President Trump, not only has minority unemployment plummeted, but the unemployment gap has narrowed to 3 percent for African Americans, and 0.8 percent for Hispanics.

President Trump has focused on providing jobs training programs that help Americans who can’t afford a college education earn money while they learn.

President Trump has been an avid advocate of prison reform, supporting The First Step Act, sentencing reforms, and hosting a Prison Reform Summit where he sought input from over 100 activists, experts and policymakers.

In an effort to promote the growth of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), President Trump has increased funding for various HBCU programs.

Under President Trump, technical education and vocational studies, programs that are heavily utilized by minorities, have received $1.2 billion in funding.

Under President Trump, Obamacare’s harmful and costly individual mandate has been repealed and access to Short-Term Limited-Duration plans has been expanded in order to provide more affordable healthcare plans to the American people.

Premiums for these plans can be up to 80 percent lower than Obamacare healthcare plans.

STLD plans can offer more affordable healthcare options for minorities.

“DOG” Is Too Good A Word For Judas Omarosa


Commentary
By Frances Rice

We are appalled when dogs (known as our best friends) attack people.

Here is a particularly horrible story:


Of course, Omarosa Manigault-Newman caused no physical harm, but she certainly set back race relations when she turned on President Donald Trump and falsely accused him of being a racist. 

This after she presented herself as Trump’s best friend to get a job at the White House, extolling his virtues and highlighting how he would help black Americans and all Americans prosper.


Excerpt:  “As assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, she will likely be the public face of the Trump team when it comes to interacting with the media, as well as African-American and women’s groups.”

Oh, how times have changed.

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Trump calls Omarosa a ‘dog’ as war over salacious memoir explodes



President Trump blasted Omarosa Manigault-Newman as a “crazed, crying lowlife” on Tuesday morning and went so far as to call her a "dog," rapidly escalating the already heated battle between the president and the reality TV star who made her name on his show. 

“When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!” Trump tweeted.

The president’s harsh words for “Wacky” Manigault-Newman, as he referred to her on Monday, come as the former White House aide and “Apprentice” star’s book is released.

Manigault-Newman’s media blitz to promote her book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” has drawn tough criticism from the White House, as she revealed she had secretly recorded Chief of Staff John Kelly as he fired her in the Situation Room.

Over the weekend, Manigault-Newman released the recording of Kelly notifying her of her firing. Manigault-Newman said Sunday that Kelly was “threatening” her in the White House.

In the recording, Kelly seeks Manigault-Newman’s “friendly departure” from the administration without any “difficulty in the future relative to your reputation.” 

According to the tape, Kelly says things could get “ugly” for her, and that she would be “open to some legal action” for conduct that would merit a court martial if she were in the military.

She later released a tape of a phone call with Trump himself. 

In her book, her firing is a key section. In it, she goes so far as to claim that Kelly and the White House lawyers present, upon notifying her of her termination, were holding her against her will in the Situation Room, suggesting she was at risk of an asthma attack because she initially couldn't get her inhaler.

“I am an asthma sufferer, and I began to feel a tightness in my chest. I had to calm myself down or I could have had a full-blown asthma attack,” Manigault-Newman writes in the prologue. “I asked if I could go get my purse where I had stashed my inhaler, and they wouldn’t let me leave the room. I asked why I was not allowed to leave, and they said this is how Kelly had set up the meeting.”

Manigault-Newman’s assistant was ultimately allowed to “go get [her] purse” with the inhaler.

Manigault-Newman also writes in the book that she believed her firing was related to her knowledge of a tape made in the early 2000s, in which Trump supposedly uses “the N-word.” 

Trump strongly disputes the claims of such a tape. 

White House officials, meanwhile, blasted her for making recordings of Trump and Kelly.

“The thought of doing something like that to a fellow employee, not to mention the leader of the free world, is completely disgraceful,” Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told "Fox & Friends."

And Trump’s personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, said Monday that Manigault-Newman violated national security rules by taping White House officials inside the West Wing without their consent—especially in the highly secure Situation Room.

And on Monday, Trump tweeted that, “People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart.”

Throughout the book, though, Manigault-Newman dishes out her own insults, blasting Trump as “moblike” and likening him to a “cult leader.”

She slams Vice President Pence as a “swamp creature,” and even calls Trump “mentally and physically impaired.”

In another skirmish, Trump tweeted Monday that Manigault-Newman signed a non-disclosure agreement upon her exit from the White House.

But the former White House aide writes in her book that she “refused” to sign an NDA.


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Here’s the Real Legal Danger for Omarosa



One thing that Omarosa Manigault-Newman has successfully accomplished with the release of secret recordings she made at the White House and promotion of her new book is that everyone is talking about Omarosa. 

She may find that not all publicity is good publicity, though, if recent responses to her claims are any indication. 

While Law&Crime already discussed how Omarosa’s recordings likely won’t result in legal trouble, certain statements she’s made–in print and otherwise–may be another story.

Some of Omarosa’s more outlandish claims in her book have already been disputed, and it is possible she could face legal action because of them.

Pollster Frank Luntz tweeted Sunday that despite being cited as overhearing President Donald Trump use the N-word, Luntz never heard Trump say such a thing, and Omarosa never checked with him to verify the information.

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I’m in @Omarosa’s book on page 149. She claims to have heard from someone who heard from me that I heard Trump use the N-word.

Not only is this flat-out false (I’ve never heard such a thing), but Omarosa didn’t even make an effort to call or email me to verify. Very shoddy work.

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Another claim is that she once saw Trump take a note from former attorney Michael Cohen and eat it, purportedly to get rid of evidence. Cohen, who has shown no love for the president lately, said this never happened and that he was “shocked anyone would take this seriously.”

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To the many dozens of #journalists who called me, questioning @OMAROSA claim in her new book that @POTUS @realDonaldTrump took a note from me, put it in his mouth and ate it...I saw NO such thing and am shocked anyone would take this seriously.

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Of course, false statements can result in lawsuits if they’re defamatory. 

While Luntz and Cohen aren’t particularly harmed by the above statements, they certainly appear to be defamatory towards the president.

In order for a public figure to prove a defamation case, they have to show that a statement was 1) false, 2) made to a third party, 3) damaging, and 4) made with “actual malice,” which means that the person making the statement either knew it was false or had reckless disregard for whether it was true.

The part about Trump eating a note could fit the bill if Omarosa was claiming to have firsthand knowledge of the alleged incident. 

Of course, the damage may depend on the contents of the note.

If it was something incriminating or some other piece of potential evidence, it could speak to either possible criminal activity or Trump’s job performance (both of which are ground in many jurisdictions as defamation per se, with no requirement to prove quantifiable harm). 

Otherwise, it’s really just weird more than it is damaging.

The statement about the racial slur, on the other hand, would be far more damaging, but the actual malice element could be tougher to prove. 

Omorosa reportedly claimed that someone told her that Luntz told them about the remark. 

Even if Omarosa didn’t call Luntz to verify, if she trusted the person who told her about it, and reasonably believed it to be true, that wouldn’t be actual malice.

Of course, those aren’t the only controversial statements that Omarosa has made, either in print or on television. 

For instance, she claimed on MSNBC that former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks and others prepped Trump for an interview with Lester Holt by telling him to justify the firing of FBI Director James Comey by using the Justice Department’s recommendation, only to be surprised when Trump said in the interview it had to do with the Russia probe.

When asked if Trump was being prepped to lie, Omarosa said, “He was being prepped by Hope Hicks and the comms team to say that the DOJ had come up with this memo so that they could justify the firing of Comey.” She added, “They prep him to lie every day,” and singled out Hicks.

If that claim is true, Omarosa would have nothing to worry about. If it isn’t, Hicks could very well have a case. 

Omarosa spoke as if she had firsthand knowledge, so lobbing out a false statement would likely be the result of actual malice because she would know it’s not true. 

Also, it would be damaging as it accuses her of misconduct in her job.

Meanwhile, Omarosa’s book sales aren’t seeing any damage. It doesn’t come out until Tuesday and is already Amazon’s #8 bestseller.

Monday, August 13, 2018

BREAKING: FBI fires Peter Strzok, months after anti-Trump texts revealed



Strzok sought to keep FBI powers before joining Mueller team

FBI official Peter Strzok, who played a lead role in both the Russian meddling and Hillary Clinton email probes but became a political lightning rod after the revelation of anti-Trump text messages, has been fired.

Strzok attorney Aitan Goelman said in a statement Monday that his client, a 21-year FBI veteran, was fired Friday afternoon, claiming this was a departure from standard practice. Goelman said the bureau’s deputy director “overruled” the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility.

“This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans,” the attorney said.
But President Trump and his allies for months have hammered Strzok and cast him as the poster child for anti-Trump bias within the bureau and Justice Department. 

Over the weekend, the president tweeted that Strzok and others have “badly damaged” the FBI’s reputation, referring to them as “clowns and losers!”
Strzok was removed from the special counsel probe after the discovery that he exchanged anti-Trump and other politically charged messages with colleague and lover Lisa Page.

In June, he was then removed from his FBI office amid the release of a scathing DOJ inspector general report that largely dealt with the Justice Department and FBI’s handling of the investigation into Clinton’s private email server but uncovered messages that “appeared to mix political opinion with discussions” about that probe -- namely, those between Strzok and Page.
   
The IG ultimately found no evidence that the bias among the several FBI agents impacted prosecutorial decisions in the Clinton email probe. But Republicans have repeatedly raised concerns that anti-Trump bias played a role in the start of the investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump associates in 2016.

One Strzok text in particular vowed to "stop" Trump from becoming president.
In an explosive congressional hearing last month, Strzok sought to clear his name and address the many controversial messages. He claimed his personal opinions did not affect his work. But Republicans tore into the FBI official, with House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy saying he exhibited "textbook bias."

Strzok’s attorney, meanwhile, blasted the bureau on Monday for the firing decision, saying the deputy director “reversed the decision of the career FBI official responsible for employee discipline who concluded, through an independent review process, that a 60-day suspension and demotion from supervisory duties was the appropriate punishment.”

He added, “The decision to fire Special Agent Strzok is not only a departure from typical Bureau practice, but also contradicts Director Wray’s testimony to Congress and his assurances that the FBI intended to follow its regular process in this and all personnel matters.” 

The Justice Department and FBI declined to comment for this report.

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IN OTHER NEWS

Judicial Watch Sues DOJ for Communications Between Ohr, Steele & Fusion GPS

Photo: Nellie and Bruce Ohr, AP Image

Judicial Watch is suing the Department of Justice for access to communications related to the infamous anti-Trump dossier.

The conservative watchdog group is seeking various records related to former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, his wife Nellie Ohr, dossier author Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS.

In a statement, Judicial Watch said it sued because the Justice Department failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request filed in May.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton explained on "Hannity" that Fusion GPS -- which employed Nellie Ohr -- was retained by a lawyer who represented the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to compile opposition research on then-candidate Donald Trump.

He noted that Fusion GPS at the same time was working on behalf of Russian actors targeting critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Magnitsky Act.

The 2012 U.S. law cracked down on Russian officials suspected of human rights abuses.

"The irony here is that Fusion GPS was working for the Clinton camp to target Trump [and] also working for the Putin camp to target the government generally to get this Magnitsky Act pulled away," Fitton said.

He added that recently released DOJ documents revealed that the unverified dossier was used to justify the FISA surveillance warrant against Carter Page, a former campaign adviser to Trump.

"We think the corruption scandal of our time is this targeting of Trump using the FBI and DOJ, in league with the Clinton camp and Russia interests, to spy on him and try to destroy, now, his presidency," Fitton said.

He added that Judicial Watch is also seeking to obtain former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe's text messages related to his wife’s 2015 state senate campaign.

President Trump tweeted about the topic Saturday morning, threatening to get involved and asking, "What are they hiding?"


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'We Have Run Out of Patience': Gowdy Warns of Possible Subpoenas in Trump Dossier Investigation


PHOTOS: Bruce Ohr (L) and Christopher Steele (R)

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) warned of possible subpoenas if the Justice Department ignores congressional committees' requests to question former FBI official Bruce Ohr and others about the infamous anti-Trump dossier.

Gowdy referenced reports from Fox News and The Hill, which recall how Ohr -- who was not involved in the use of ex-British spy Christopher Steele as an FBI source -- continued to communicate with Steele after the FBI cut ties with him.
According to FoxNews.com:

The emails, first reported by The Hill, reveal Steele even continued to send information to Ohr after the election.

The FBI “suspended and then terminated” Steele as a source in early November 2016 for what the bureau defined as “the most serious of violations” – an “unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI,” according to a House Republican memo earlier this year. 

The FBI reportedly told Steele at the time he could no longer “operate to obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI.”

Yet the emails show Ohr, a former associate deputy attorney general, and Steele communicated extensively from 2002 all the way into 2017.

One text message from Steele to Ohr on Jan. 31, 2017 reportedly said: “B, doubtless a sad and crazy day for you re-SY.” The text is an apparent reference to President Trump’s firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
The text continued: “Just want to check you are OK, still in the situ and able to help locally as discussed, along with your Bureau colleagues.”

Gowdy said Ohr's text messages are not new to him, and said it was outrageous that a guy like Ohr -- who was supposed be focused on narcotics investigations -- got involved with the compiler of the Trump-Russia dossier while his wife Nellie Ohr was working for the opposition research firm assisted by Steele, Fusion GPS.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is reportedly preparing subpoenas for the Ohrs, Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson and other current and former FBI and DOJ officials, according to two congressional sources familiar with the matter.

"Chairman Goodlatte is a patient man, but we have run out of patience," Gowdy said.

"[The DOJ] either needs to set this for a date-certain, or there will be a subpoena issued."

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'What the Hell's Going on at the FBI?' Graham Rips Feds for Feinstein-Trump 'Double Standard'


South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said he is sending a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray asking for an explanation of DOJ policy after news of a troubling incident five years ago involving a top Democratic senator and a suspected Chinese spy.

At the time, the FBI informed Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that a man employed by her office was suspected of being a spy for the Chinese government. Feinstein took action and fired the man.

Graham said President Donald Trump was not afforded the same courtesy during a similar counter-intelligence investigation by the FBI into Russian election hacking.

Graham said the FBI should have told Trump it was suspicious of then-aides Carter Page and George Papadopoulos and the pair's alleged ties to Russia.
"Why didn't they do for Trump what they did for Feinstein?" he asked. "What the hell is going on at the FBI?"

Harris Faulkner added that if the FBI indeed was concerned about counter-intelligence versus its alleged partisan leanings, it also should have informed Trump of then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort's past alleged indiscretions.

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Trump blasts 'Wacky Omarosa' after leaked tape: 'Vicious but not smart'



President Trump blasted “Wacky” Omarosa Manigault-Newman on Monday after she leaked a secretly taped phone call with him amid promotion of her new book, calling her “vicious, but not smart” and saying White House Chief of Staff John Kelly considered her a “loser.” 

“Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart,” Trump tweeted on Monday. 

He went on to say he heard "really bad things" about her time there: "Nasty to people & would constantly miss meetings & work. When Gen. Kelly came on board he told me she was a loser & nothing but problems. I told him to try working it out, if possible, because she only said GREAT things about me - until she got fired!" 

Numerous White House officials, as well as Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, already have weighed in to blast the former aide for her publicity tour -- which has included the release of a separate recording of Chief of Staff Kelly firing her in the Situation Room. 

NBC’s “Today” on Monday morning then aired the recording she made of a phone call with Trump shortly after she was terminated.

“Omarosa what’s going on? I just saw in the news that you’re thinking about leaving. What happened?” Trump asks on the recording.

“General Kelly came to me and said that you guys wanted me to leave,” Omarosa responds.

“No. Nobody ever told me about it,” Trump replies.

“Wow,” Omarosa says.

“You know, they run a big operation, but I didn’t know it,” Trump was recorded as saying. 

Reacting to the tape, White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley described the frenzy as the work of a "disgruntled" and "self-serving" former official. 

“The thought of doing something like that to a fellow employee, not to mention the leader of the free world, is completely disgraceful,” he told "Fox & Friends."  

Also on “Fox & Friends” Monday, Giuliani defended Trump and said Manigault-Newman’s recording of conversations between herself and Trump and Kelly was a violation of national security rules.

“Donald Trump made her. What kind of ingratitude is this?” Giuliani said.

Over the weekend, Manigault-Newman released the recording of Kelly notifying her of her firing. Manigault-Newman said Sunday that Kelly was “threatening” her in the White House.

In the recording, Kelly seeks Manigault-Newman’s “friendly departure” from the administration without any “difficulty in the future relative to your reputation.”

According to the tape, Kelly says things could get “ugly” for her, and that she would be “open to some legal action” for conduct that would merit a court martial if she were in the military.

Manigault-Newman described that comment as a “very obvious…threat” on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. She said she had recorded the conversation because otherwise no one would believe her.

"We've got to talk to you about leaving the White House," Kelly apparently says in the tape. "It's come to my attention over the last few months that there's been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues related to you and the use of government vehicles and some other issues.”

When she asks whether the president was aware of her pending termination, Kelly, on the audio recording, purportedly tells her that “this is a non-negotiable discussion” and that her firing was related to “pretty serious integrity violations.”

Trump followed up his anti-Omarosa tweets later Monday morning with a message to the media: 

"While I know it's 'not presidential' to take on lowlife Omarosa, and while I would rather not be doing so, this is a modern day form of communication and I know the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible. Sorry!" 

Fox News' Gregg Re contributed to this report. 

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A READER”S COMMENT:

In the 1990s, Omarosa worked in the office of Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton administration.

She later stated the job had been "a very difficult environment, because they don't believe in training. They just kind of throw you in the fire.
Gos former office administrator, Mary Margaret Overbey, has said Omarosa "was the worst hire we ever made". 

She was later transferred to the Commerce Department via the White House personnel office.  

Cheryl Shavers, who then served as the department's under secretary for technology administration, has said that at the time, Omarosa was "unqualified and disruptive," adding, "I had her removed.