If it happened, it would constitute one of the truly astounding developments of what has been a truly astounding, unpredictable, rollercoaster or an era of American history: Donald Trump, Nobel Peace Prize winner.
TMZ reports, “Lindsey Graham says President Trump might not be deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize just yet, but if he wins it anyway … liberals are going to lose it. … Graham says [Trump has] done a lot to deserve it by fighting ISIS and taking on Iran, but needs a little more help from North Korea.”
“As for the libs, Sen. Graham thinks if 45 manages to nab the Nobel, they’ll be so distraught they’ll head for the nearest window … and take the leap.”
“Lindsey also throws some shade at past Peace Prize winner Barack Obama …”
“The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner will be announced in Oslo Friday. BTW … Kim Jong-un is the top favorite. What a world. ”
Graham’s conduct, indeed, reveals lots about conservatives, liberals and honorable conduct.
Honest observers and analysts — even those who are not the biggest Trump fans — ought to be willing to grant our current President credit where it is his due. That would be called intellectual consistency. (For the record and conversely, that would also include a willingness to say it when one takes issue with DT on a particular matter.)
Curiously, the same approach could be suggested — and it seems is unfolding — towards Senator Graham himself.
Would it be an understatement to acknowledge conservatives and many Republicans have had their beefs with the Senator from South Carolina over the years?
Not a few times, along with his good friend John McCain, Graham’s paeans toward “bipartisanship” and “moderation” have functionally translated into infuriating outrages against constitutional/limited-government principles.
But lately? Look up the words “Lindsey Graham” in the dictionary and you’ll find the definition: “rock star”. His blistering and fact-based drubbing last week of his unscrupulous, hypocritical Democratic peers on the Senate Judiciary Committee was nothing-less-than historic stuff. Riveting. Unforgettable. And I meant that in the best way.
The sixty-three-year-old lawmaker’s willingness put aside any offense he may have absorbed from then-candidate Trump during the 2012 Oval Office campaign is striking. Recall, Graham ran for the position (and went pretty much nowhere for his efforts); and the two most definitely were at barbed odds with one another. That said, Graham has rejected any temptation to obstruct, for sheer, vengeful cussedness’ sake, the laudable policies the President has advanced. That kind of magnanimity from people in positions of power? It’s something the general public sees far too infrequently in our increasingly fraught, polarized age.
Graham’s statement also brings to mind Barack Obama’s receiving of the Norwegian award. Mind-bogglingly, he had officially occupied the White House mere days when he was nominated for it (his name was submitted barely under the deadline), and he’d been in office less than ten months when he snagged the honor.
Why’d BHO win the thing? Citing Wikipedia’s concise summary, it was for his ” ‘extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples’… promotion of nuclear nonproliferation … and [for fostering] a ‘new climate’ in international relations … especially in reaching out to the Muslim world.” In other words, the famously pontificating former president said a bunch of nice words in public about getting along with everyone else.
Yes, words do matter — but rarely, all by themselves, are they enough. Here we are, a couple years removed from his two terms at 166 Pennsylvania Avenue – and we get it: Barack Obama could give a decent speech. But beyond that? Inarguably, he stands one of worst presidents in the United States’ two-hundred-forty-two-year history.
Letter-writer Joel Darmstadter in, of all places, the Washington Post(!) put it well: “Then-President Barack Obama had barely had an opportunity to appreciate and meet the qualifying test laid down in Alfred Nobel’s will: having ‘done the most or best work for fraternity between nations.’ ” Then citing “[n]ot a trivial list of Obama administration failings,” he recommends, “An honorable, if belated, step would be to return the prize to Oslo marked ‘unused.’ ”
Even Trump critics have to admit, not a few welcome things have been happening on the domestic and, more pertinent to the Nobel Peace Prize speculation, international front since his tenure kicked off in January 2017. Senator Graham — one of those formerly sharp critics and someone still willing to mention when he takes issue with “45” — would be an example of a high-profile person willing to acknowledge that.
As Graham’s jest implies, too many Leftists won’t tip the hat to Donald Trump under any circumstance, in no instance, no matter what he does or doesn’t do. That would be providing the American people with a ghastly snapshot of unedifying pettiness.
Graham is probably also correct that the world-community jumped the gun conferring the Peace Prize on Obama — and Democrats did the same in cheering that choice. Republicans and conservatives, alternatively, can display some much-needed circumspection in encouraging a bit more time before DT receives the same citation.
One other thought: Mass murdering megalomaniac Kim Jong-un is a top horse in this contest? If that’s the case, President Trump genuinely might want to consider turning down the prize if it should be offered to him. If someone like the North Korean maniac is under serious consideration by the Norwegian committee, how much can the Nobel Peace Prize be worth no matter who finally snags it?
Let’s hope Trump is nominated at any rate, because it would be the next best thing to him winning in 2016 in terms of how liberals respond.
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Kamala Harris Literally SPEECHLESS When Reporter Asks About Jussie Smollett Hoax – WATCH
Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris claimed the now-debunked attack on ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett was a modern-day lynching. “JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery. This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.” She had no evidence and now that it has been exposed as a hoax, Harris has nothing to say. Go figure.
When confronted over the hoax out of Chicago, Harris was literally dumbstruck and could not answer reporters over it. Smollett hired two Nigerian brothers and paid them $3500 at the time, promising $500 more when they got home to Nigeria, to stage a fake hate crime after an alleged racist letter Smollett received didn’t get enough attention. Upon hearing about the alleged hate crime, Harris accepted it at face-value despite the obvious holes in Smollett’s initial story.
Evidence has been uncovered from the hardware store where rope and bleach were purchased by the brothers who were acquaintances of Smollett’s. When confronted by a reporter on Monday asking her if her opinions regarding the Smollett incident have changed in light of the new evidence, Kamala Harris struggled to utter a phrase before side-stepping the issue. “Which tweet? What tweet?” Harris asked as the reporter questioned her about the “modern-day lynching” comment. Nice… that’s Politics 101 for corruptocrats.
“Um … I … I … Okay, so I will say this about that case, the facts are still unfolding, and, um, I’m very, um, concerned about obviously, the initial, um, allegation that he made about what might have happened,” she said. “And it’s something we should all take seriously whenever anyone, um, alleges that kind of behavior, but there should be an investigation. And I think that once the investigation has concluded then we can all comment, but I’m not going to comment until I know the outcome of the investigation.” Say what? Wow… that was simply unintelligible.
.@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery.
This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 29, 2019
Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman for the Republican National Committee, roundly criticized Harris for seemingly not remembering her being quick to blame Trump supporters for the Jussie Smollett attack. Harris has a convenient memory. “Kamala Harris had no problem using inflammatory rhetoric to tie the #JussieSmollettHoax to @realDonaldTrump & his supporters,” tweeted McDaniel. “Now that she has the facts, why can’t she even remember her divisive language? Why is she giggling about it?”
Harris has not even deleted her tweet in support of Smollett as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did. The California senator’s deflection reflects that of Cory Booker. He told people to withhold judgment until more facts came out. “The information is still coming out. I’m going to withhold until all the information actually comes out from on the record sources,” Booker said over the weekend. He just took Smollett’s claims at face value with no evidence as Harris did.
“The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I’m glad he’s safe,” Booker tweeted in response to the attack. “To those in Congress who don’t feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime– I urge you to pay attention.”
.@KamalaHarris's face and pause when asked about her previous tweet that the attack on Jussie Smollett was a "modern-day lynching" is something to behold
h/t @ThePowersThatBe pic.twitter.com/o9m7S0FTJ9
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) February 18, 2019
I think we’ve seen enough facts to know the whole thing is yet another leftist hoax. We don’t need to wait any longer on this incident – it is not aging well for the left. The Chicago police are no longer looking at Smollett as a victim here.
From Fox News:
“Smollett, who is black and openly gay, claimed he was assaulted by two men who yelled racist and anti-gay slurs– as well as the phrase “This is MAGA country!” — as Smollett was walking to his Chicago apartment. Chicago police arrested and questioned two Nigerian brothers in the alleged attack, but released them on Friday without charges. Investigators said they’ve requested a follow-up interview with Smollett, but the actor’s representatives said there have been no plans to meet with police for the time being.”
Now that she has the facts, why can't she even remember her divisive language? Why is she giggling about it? pic.twitter.com/imY8lxm89m
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 18, 2019
You know it’s funny… Harris and Booker never call for due process when accusing the right. But now they’re all for it because it’s one of their own. How hypocritical can you get?
For instance, during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, they immediately believed Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation of sexual assault against the judge without a shred of evidence or a corroborative witness. And despite evidence vindicating Kavanaugh, they smeared him night and day. After all, he’s not a Hollywood celebrity or anointed by the left. I guess that makes all of this okay.
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HA Ha! McConnell To Call Vote On Ocasio’s Green New Deal, Schumer’s PISSED
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who on a good day looks like he’s sucking on a lemon, ripped into Republicans for planning to force a vote on the Green New Deal. They want everyone on record concerning where they stand for this insanity. Schumer doesn’t want the Dems pinned down and he’s really ticked at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for calling the vote. McConnell is trolling the Dems and I love it.
Schumer called the plan a “stunt,” a “cheap, cynical ploy” and “a game of political gotcha.” Considering Schumer wrote the proverbial book on dirty politics, he should know. Actually, it is a valid move to make politicians say they are either for or against the Green New Deal. “The Republican leader announced he’s going to bring up a resolution he intends to vote against,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “Now that is what the American people hate about Congress — the pointless partisan games.” No sir… they hate the corrupt leftists tearing us apart.
Dear @SenateMajLdr McConnell:
Stop trying to distract from the fact that the GOP has no plan on climate change.
I'm headed to the Senate Floor to issue you a challenge to admit for the first time:
1. Climate change is real
2. It's caused by humans
3. Congress needs to act
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 14, 2019
Schumer isn’t the only Democrat calling foul here. They are terrified of being tied to a plan that would literally destroy the US and everything we hold dear. But most of the Democratic field running for the presidency in 2020 has already rallied behind the deal. Even so, Schumer, joined by colleagues on the Senate floor, said: “Bring it on.” He said Democrats “believe that we need to do something about climate change” and added: “Do Republicans?” Make no mistake, this has nothing to do with climate change and everything to do with greed, graft, and corruption.
McConnell promised a Senate vote on the Green New Deal last week. He wants Democrats to go on record. Nice tee-up for the 2020 race and reelecting Trump. “I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal,” McConnell told reporters. “And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. We’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”
The Green New Deal was put forth by Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). She wants to transform our economy and way of life in an attempt to fight faux climate change. It recently came under scrutiny after revelations that a related FAQ document included passages promising a job to “all people of the United States” – including those “unwilling to work” – and suggesting air travel could be made obsolete. And don’t even get me started on eliminating cow farts.
“We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast,” the now-deleted document also read. Then Ocasio-Cortez and her minions tried to claim that the doc was concocted by Republicans. She lied her ever-loving head off.
From Fox News:
“But McConnell’s move to bring the plan to a vote on the Senate floor will be a key test for Democratic presidential candidates such as Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, who are running on the progressive platform in 2020.
“While backing of the far-left proposal will ultimately improve their liberal bona fides and their support from the Democratic base, the support of the plan will undoubtedly be the target of attacks during the general election.
“President Trump has already begun attacking the Green New Deal, claiming it would “shut down American energy” and describing it as “a high school term paper that got a low mark” during a rally Monday in El Paso, Texas.
“Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, said that McConnell’s plan to bring the plan to the vote will only show “just how out of touch Republican politicians are with the American people.”
“Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass, a co-sponsor of the plan, also decried McConnell’s move.
“Don’t let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building. He wants to silence your voice so Republicans don’t have to explain why they are climate change deniers. McConnell wants this to be the end, this is just the beginning,” Markey said.”
This is an attempt to wake America up and show them what will happen if the Democrats seize control. Al Gore never went away, he just co-opted the millennials and power-hungry climbers in the Democratic Party.