[The Hill] MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" is reporting that President-elect Donald Trump will not pursue investigations into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server or her family’s charity foundation.
"Source tells @Morning_Joe @realDonaldTrump won't pursue investigations into @HillaryClinton for private email server use/Clinton Foundation," Joe Scarborough’s show tweeted Tuesday morning.
Trump had routinely attacked Clinton on the campaign trail over her use of a private server as secretary of State and for foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation while she was in the Obama administration.
"Lock her up" was a common chant among supporters at his rallies.
During one of the presidential debates, Trump quipped that Clinton would be in jail if he was elected.
Trump said in an interview after the election, however, that prosecuting Clinton would not be a priority.
The thing is, he doesn't need to appoint a special prosecute. Congress is still planning on going after her and the Clinton Foundation. Trump can play "nice" for demoncrats that would be hostile to him, and still put her lying, treasonous ass in jail.
"Kellyanne Conway, a senior official on the Republican's presidential campaign and now his transition team, told Morning Joe the president-elect has a lot on his mind and 'things that sound like the campaign aren't among them.'
'I think Hillary Clinton still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don't find her to be honest or trustworthy, but if Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that's a good thing,' Conway said."
Trump has a lot more pressing things to do that live Hillarie's past. DOJ and Congress are the ones to do that. Trump needs to focus on the future and lead this country, let congress and the FBI fight crime...
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I think he should simply allow the FBI and Justice, his justice department, deal with it. Don't commit either way and don't provoke an Obumbles pardon.
After 2-Jan-17 all bets are off.
A pair of men described as "feminine" and wearing fake eyelashes and long red nails are being sought in connection with a yoga pants heist at a Victoria’s Secret "Come for the pants - stay for the soft pron!
store in South Carolina.
Deana Milligan, an employee at the Spartanburg store, told cops that she observed two black men enter the business around 9 PM Wednesday "and hang out near a yoga pants display."
Milligan said that the duo proceeded to place multiple pairs of yoga pants in shopping bags before fleeing the store without paying for the garments.
A Spartanburg Police Department report describes the suspects as wearing "red sweatshirts and red sneakers and had nose rings." Milligan described the duo as "feminine and stated they were wearing fake eye lashes and long red nails." One suspect, Milligan added, had a neck tattoo, while his accomplice wore a black hat atop a Mohawk haircut.
[Duffleblog Satire] Agents with the Secret Service are reportedly stressed and uneasy about a meeting between President-elect Donald Trump and retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, since the legendary four-star commander has a plan to kill everyone he meets at Trump Tower.
Heaven only knows why they did this -- it has to hurt. But for those of us who are grateful Mrs. Clinton and her devoted husband will not be the ones moving into the White House, it's a lovely reminiscence.
Trump won despite the MSM's constant disparaging of Trump and deification of Hillary. There are estimates of voter fraud to the tune of about 18m invalid registrations according to Lou Dobbs. And yet Trump won against a very stacked deck. And yes the popular vote was probably far larger than reported in favor of Trump.
It is being reported at Drudge that Trump called the MSM to Trump Tower for a meeting yesterday and reamed them out. It is said "It was like a firing squad." Too bad it wasn't in a literal sense.
[Bloomberg Markets] All four major U.S. equity benchmarks climbed to record highs as oil jumped on optimism OPEC will agree to cut output. The yen rose as markets digested reports of a tsunami warning in the Fukushima region.
The S&P 500 Index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq Composite Index and the Russell 2000 Index rallied together to their all-time peaks for the first time since 1999. Oil surged as Iran signaled optimism that OPEC will agree to a supply-cut deal and Iraq said it will offer new proposals to help bolster unity before next week’s meeting in Vienna. The dollar halted its longest advance ever against the euro. The yen climbed after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Japan off the coast of Fukushima, home to the nuclear power plant badly damaged in a March 2011 quake, triggering a tsunami alert.
[Express] THE EU will tonight debate for the creation of a continent wide super army that will be up and running next year – and blame BREXIT for its creation.
Brussels politicians will convene in the French city of Strasbourg to thrash out the plans that will cost taxpayers' £420m-a-year. They will vote on the issue to establish an "EU-wide system for the coordination of rapid movement of defence forces personnel" across Europe.
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Russia will deploy two advanced missile systems to its far-west territory of Kaliningrad in a direct response to NATO expansion in eastern Europe, a pro-Kremlin Russian lawmaker said Friday.
A Russian deployment of S-400 surface-to-air missiles and nuclear-capable Iskander balistic missiles to Kaliningrad, with its proximity to NATO member states, will undoubtedly heighten concerns among leaders of the transatlantic security alliance, who were already nervous over incoming American leader Donald Trump’s commitment to their collective defense pact.
Viktor Ozerov, chairman of the defense committee in the Federation Council, Russia’s equivalent to the U.S. Senate, said according to the state-run RIA news agency that Russia had been forced into the deployment by the installation of a U.S. missile shield in eastern Europe.
“As response measures to such threats we will have... to deploy additional forces... This reinforcement includes deployment of S-400 and Iskander systems in Kaliningrad,” RIA quoted Ozerov as saying.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned in May, just a couple weeks after the U.S. anti-missile shield was declared operational at a site in Romania and days after U.S. and Polish officials broke ground at another site, near the Baltic Sea in Poland, that there would be “action in response to guarantee our security.”
Romania and Poland have requested a bolstered NATO presence in their countries in the wake of Russia’s annexation by force of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.
U.S. officials have always maintained that the missile defense shield in Romania is aimed at protecting against a missile threat from Iran. But NATO decided in early 2015 to establish new command-and-control centers in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria by the end of 2016, and those sites are indisputably intended to serve as a warning to an increasingly aggressive Russia that NATO remains resolute in its commitment to defend all members.
Putin views the defense, however -- at least in his public rhetoric -- as offense by the U.S. and NATO in a region that was, until recent decades, firmly within his government’s domain.
“Why are we reacting to NATO expansion so emotionally? We are concerned by NATO’s decision making,” Putin said in an interview taped a couple weeks ago, set to air Monday in a documentary focused on Ukraine.
“What should we do? We have, therefore, to take countermeasures, which means to target with our missile systems the facilities, that, in our opinion, start posing a threat to us,” Putin said in the interview.
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Kaliningrad, formerly known as East Prussia. Where's the 'right of return' there?
[AlAhram] Turkish police on Monday detained a veteran Kurdish politician and a mayor in the southeastern province of Mardin, security sources said, the latest Kurds to be held as part of a wider crackdown on government opponents since a failed coup in July.
Ahmet Turk, 74, who was first elected in 1973 to represent Mardin in the national parliament and served as a politician until 2015, was detained at home in what the state-run Anadolu agency said was part of an "ongoing terror investigation".
The authorities also detained Emin Irmak, the co-mayor of a district within Mardin. Both were stripped of office last week by the government in a crackdown which has seen at least 34 elected mayors removed from municipalities in the largely Kurdish southeast over suspected Lion of Islam links.
Sources said seven other local administration officials in the region were also detained.
The leaders of the main pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) were incarcerated Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! two weeks ago, drawing strong international condemnation of a widening crackdown on dissent under President Tayyip Erdogan.
The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... has been fighting an armed Kurdish insurgency in the southeast and the government accuses the HDP and other Kurdish politicians of links to the PKK Lion of Islam group, deemed a terrorist organization by the European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... and United States.
Thousands of officials from the HDP, parliament's second biggest opposition party, have been detained in recent months.
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Bush didn't do enough, and Obama totally screwed things up. Perhaps Trump's people can see a way through all this; there are ways to support the Kurds far better than we have done. We should push for a free Kurdistan and a plebiscite for a home-rule Kurdish area in Turkey as well. All Trump needs to do is ask because there are people with long relationships and memories in the region, and a lot of willingness to serve. If he asks, then all he needs is to have the guts to stick it out while the agencies and military do the work.
For those of you not familiar with the region, we have allies there other than (and in addition to) Israel, who will happily support the Kurds - we have been ignoring them (during the Bush administration) or shitting on them (during the Obama administration). I hope Trump supports them.
Full Disclosure: I have friends, former trainees, and former fellow service members who I know are involved in supporting various Kurdish aid and medical activities in the region. I also know and know of people who are working to support Kurdish military efforts in the region. I have supported food & medical relief/supply efforts as well. So this is somewhat personal to me.
I wish the coup had actually been a coup and not a Reichstag fire set up by the government. I would have celebrated Erdogan's execution after a drumhead court martial.
From what I can see, Erdogan is on the path to criminalizing being Kurdish in Turkey as a means of cementing political power and Islamist behavior along side Turkish racialism. Yes, Turks even now are ever bit as racist as the Germans were about "being Aryan" 80 years ago. If Erdogan succeeds, he will be triggering more support for the PKK and more military and terror actions by the PKK's most radical elements. Unlike the Jews in pre-WW2 Germany, these people will not be scapegoats, they will fight viciously. The bloodshed will go up - and when it starts to happen in the non-Kurdish parts of Turkey it will be especially bloody.
If the Kurds were ever to manage to liberate their homeland part of Turkey, Turkey will cease to be able to extract mineral wealth while returning very little to the people who live there - while also repressing the liberty of the people who live in the region. The Turks would have to modernize their government and economy, or else become a poorer Islamic version of Greece. Their position would become untenable for anything other than a return to Ataturk style secularism.
I, for one, will applaud all the destruction of Edogan's fascisiti racist MB-style bastards that is done. I've seen their work, they deserve to be systemically reduced and then hunted to extinction for being SS-style racist bastards. The biggest mistake Bush made was not making Erdogan pay a hard price for his treachery during OIF - perhaps even a military coup would have been in order. The biggest mistake in this area Obama made is giving the Turks any leeway in their conduct during which they were tacitly allowing ISIS support to flow across their border into Syria. Like the mess in Libya, he knew, but chose to ignore it until it blew up on him. Also Obama ignored the Erdogan regime's lies about "striking ISIS" when all the Turks did was to use minor and ineffective strikes against ISIS as a fig leaf for large and coordinated strikes against Kurdish liberation forces in Syria, Iraq and the border area.
We should have supported the Kurds with artillery, ammunition and heavy arms, plus full on air campaign to close the Turkish rat lines for ISIS. We should also have provided CAP like we did during Operation Northern Watch (and Provide Comfort, as well as Operation Desert Fox), to protect their forces training areas and field operations from the Turks.
Instead we coddled this MB bastard and allowed him to strike cross-border against people who should be our allies.
All of Kurdistan, including the parts in Turkey and Iran, deserves liberation, and regardless of that, the Kurds deserve better support from the US. They also deserve better liberation organizations than the PKK: in Kirkuk and the Kurdish areas of Iraq there is solid secular leadership that is oriented toward Western values and they should be helped to organize civil resistance and movement for self-government inside Turkey and Iran. But Obama's inactions and the professional idiots at State are letting Erdogan push everything into those radicals of the PKK in order to coddle the Islamists in Turkey.
Trump can do better, and there are plenty of people and allies that can help. Oppose Salafists and Shias and pay attention (unlike Obama), and have the courage to support his "inconvenient" allies whom the Saudis and Wahabbis may not like (unlike Bush).
All Trump has to do is appoint the right people - and have them ask the right questions. The capabilities and possibilities are there, unused for nearly a decade. It would be nice to see someone actually pay attention to the end results, instead of looking for angles to exploit everything as a domestic political agenda opportunity
One last thing - if we are ever forced to withdraw from Incirlik, we should crater the entire facility as we leave. We built it, we sure as hell shouldn't leave it for those bastards to use against us.
One more thing from me (and aping OldSpook juuuust a bit) - Turkey fucked us over by not allowing the 4th ID over their territory when we needed them. Granted Erdogan (Gollum lookalike) wasn't in charge then, but that doesn't matter. Payback's a bitch and they need to be taught a harsh lesson in geopolitical politics, in spades. Arm the Kurds to the teeth.
Erdogan is on the path to criminalizing being Kurdish in Turkey as a means of cementing political power and Islamist behavior along side Turkish racialism.
Yes. There is an existential dimension underlying this as well, according to this Hurriyet editorial; David P. Goldman, who used to write under the nom de plume of Spengler has discussed it as well. The Kurdish birth rate within Turkey is well above replacement at 3.4, while the Turkish birth rate has fallen below replacement at 1.9, held up by the poor, religious Turks in the villages; around Istanbul the birthrate of the educated and prosperous denizens is 1.5. President Erdogan has spoken about 2038 as the year when the tipping point is reached -- and despite elevating and keeping him in power the Turkish population has not responded by making more babies, though his wife did her bit by having four. Killing Kurds is his only remaining option to slow the Darwinian race.
[IsraelTimes] Hamilton Shmamilton. A new poll shows Donald Trump ...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States... ’s favorability rating is rising like one of his towers, spiking nine points since the election earlier this month, according to a Politico/Morning Consult survey.
The poll shows 46 percent have a "very favorable or somewhat favorable" opinion of Trump, compared to 12% who are not such big fans and 34% who really don’t like the president-elect.
Just before the election, those numbers were flipped, with 61% having a very unfavorable opinion of Trump and only 37% finding him favorable.
The poll was held on November 16-18, according to Politico.
In other words, before the Bannon pushback was up to speed.
Obama’s favorbaiulity rating is also up a bit according to the poll, from 50% to 54% so make what you will of that.
And (almost) everybody agrees Steve Bannon was a poor choice for chief White House strategist, with only two in 10 respondents saying it was a "strong" pick.
Many Trump voters simply left the MSM and ignored the polls. They voted their conscience rather than let a corrupt media tell them how to act and think. The MSM also know as the leftwing State media or Commie press fouled their own nest--now they are going to have to deal with it. They just cannot be trusted anymore.
[AlAhram] Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him... on Monday urged the European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... and West to step up backing of Ankara's fight against Kurdish Lion of Islams, as he addressed a meeting of NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants... politicians.
Erdogan said he expected the support of NATO countries in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... 's fight against "all terror groups" including the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (IS) jihadists and the group blamed by Ankara for the failed July 15 coup.
He called on the European Union to tighten its approach to the PKK, which Brussels designates as a terror group but whose members, according to Erdogan, are allowed to roam freely within the bloc.
"Those who have a hesitant attitude against terrorist organizations will be hit themselves sooner or later," he said in a speech to deputies at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
Turkey has been a member of NATO since 1952 but its bid to join the European Union has been further set back by disputes over the magnitude of its crackdown in the wake of the coup.
Erdogan had at the weekend mooted that Turkey could join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a loose security and economic bloc led by Russia and China sometimes seen as an eastern counterpart to NATO.
But he did not refer to this in his speech in Istanbul to the NATO meeting.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meanwhile emphasised the alliance's "solidarity" with Turkey in the wake of the coup and said Ankara "has the right" to prosecute those responsible.
Pressed by a Dutch politician to condemn the crackdown that has seen over 35,000 enjugged You have the right to remain silent... , Stoltenberg said he had told Turkish leaders all measures had to be taken within the rule of law.
He said he welcomed cooperation between Turkey and the Council of Europe over the legal measures after the coup, saying this should be an "important tool" to ensure the rule of law and human rights ...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions... are applied.
Stoltenberg also made no reference to Turkish officers serving in NATO command posts who he had said last week had asked for asylum following the failed coup.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pond, the radioactive tadpoles grown into frogs. Really big frogs, in fact... he added he wanted to see "more assurance measures" from NATO states to help Turkey on its unstable borders, in addition to the current surveillance flights and deployment of missile batteries on the Syrian frontier.
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[IsraelTimes] IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot nominates Lt. Col. Avraham Yitzhak to take over as chief medical officer of the army’s Southern Command, putting him on the path to becoming the first Israeli of Æthiopian heritage in the IDF to hold the rank of colonel.
Yitzchak, who was born in Æthiopia and moved to Israel in 1994, is one of 28 new nominations the army has announced. They are all subject to final approval by the defense minister.
In addition, six women have also been tapped for colonel-level positions. Three of them will receive promotions for their proposed positions, while the rest are already colonels.
Lt. Col. Olga Polyakov will take over as commander of the Home Front Command’s Dan District, which includes Tel Aviv and the surrounding suburbs. She will be the first woman to lead a Home Front Command district. Col. Orli Stern will lead the Logistics Directorate’s building and engineering department. The unnamed-for-security-reasons Col. M. will run Military Intelligence’s human resources department. The other three women -- Lt. Col. Liron Donal, Col. Noa Zumar and Lt. Col. Tali Freed -- will take positions in the army’s legal system.
Lt. Col. Carmel Wahabi, a Druze Israeli, will also preside in the army’s judiciary.
[IsraelTimes] Hundreds of young citizens have joined force in recent weeks.
In the Arab-Israeli village of Jaljulia, the metal gate to the municipality is ridden with bullet marks. The town’s mayor Fayik Auda is not surprised no suspect was tossed in the calaboose Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages! for shooting at the government building. In the 10,000 strong village whose history and name extend back to Roman rule, 12 people have been murdered over the past five years, he said, but only one suspect was arrested for these crimes. He turned himself in.
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While I certainly have my issues with my Pope in secular matters, there may be less here than meets the eye.
Bishops in many dioceses have pushed down this power to local priests for many years.
There is an upside - this morning at work two of my non-Catholic co-workers approached me and asked about the sacrament of confession. I am not a skilled commentator on all things Catholic but we then touched on moral sin, communion and penance. They were quite moved, as was I, and are now looking deeper into the faith.
They gotta have one every ten or fifteen years.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An Egyptian preacher has surprised his followers by announcing that he is indeed the Mahdi ‐ prophesized in Islam as the religion’s last redeemer to fight alongside the Mesiah ‐ and asked all Moslems to be pledge their allegiance to him.
"Hello, MetLife? I'd like to buy a 20 year term policy."
"Certainly, sir. What's your name?"
"Mohammed Abdullah al-Nasr. That's Abdullah with two L's."
"Um, can you wait a moment? I gotta go talk with my supervisor."
[click] [dial tone]
Mohammed Abdullah al-Nasr, a famous Egyptian television preacher known as Sheikh Mizo , declared on his Facebook page that he is the "Mahdi", quoting the Prophet Mohammad and calling both Sunnis and Shiites to comply with his ruling.
"Important statement: I hereby declare that I am the Imam Mahdi, Mohammad bin Abdullah, prophecies were told about me. I have come to rule with justice and I call on Sunnis, Shiites and the people of the earth as a whole to adhere to me as an illustration of the saying of the Prophet, peace be upon him as he said: (When the apocalypse comes, on the last day, God will send someone of my descendent, his name is like mine, his father’s name is like my father’s name, and he will rule with justice an earth that was ruled with oppression and injustice). Saying as certified by Alalbani in Sahih Abou Daoued," he wrote on Facebook.
Nasr said that the discourses of the prophet, leave no room for suspicion that the upcoming Mahdi is called Mohammed bin Abdullah, adding: "My name is indeed Mohammad bin Abdullah."
Several Egyptian lawyers have demanded the prosecution of the preacher, requesting a psychiatric evaluation of his mental faculties.
Dr. Samir Sabri spoke to Al Arabiya stating that he filed a complaint on Monday to the Attorney-General requesting the prosecution of "Mizo" and assigning a court to follow his case where he will be charged with fraud and contempt of religion punishable under Articles 336 and 98 of Egypt’s penal code.
Another lawyer Amr Abdel-Salam told Al Arabiya that Article 89 stipulates that "punishable by imprisonment between six months and five years or a fine between 500 pounds and one thousand pounds against those who exploit religion verbally, in writing, or by any other means, aiming to provoke sedition, disparaging, contempt of religions or harming the national unity and security."
Nasr said that the discourses of the prophet, leave no room for suspicion that the upcoming Mahdi is called Mohammed bin Abdullah, adding: "My name is indeed Mohammad bin Abdullah. I also go by 'Skippy' to my friends"
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I am Herbie Kitchener, with many initials following.
[Dhaka Tribune] Myanmar’s eight-month-old government faced a fresh crisis on Monday, after four ethnic gangs attacked security forces in the north of the country, dealing a major blow to leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s top goal of reaching peace with ethnic minorities.
Eight people were killed and 29 maimed when a coalition of northern rebels attacked military and police outposts and a business centre near an important trading hub on Myanmar’s border with China on Sunday, the government said.
China put its army on high alert and said it was providing shelter for some people who fled across the frontier to escape fighting in the towns of Muse and Kutkai, in Myanmar’s northeastern Shan state. Beijing called on the parties involved to exercise calmness and restraint. Shan state is majority Tai-speaking (at least as of the last I knew anything about it.) The Shan are ethnically similar to the Thais and Laos. There are also Laha and Lisu, Akha, Kachins, and a few others. It makes up about a quarter of Burma. There used to be a supposedly Nationalist Chinese army (or more accurately the descendants of same) still in the area, making a living exporting heroin and semiprecious stones. The Akha dress very colorfully, but they get pretty smelly because they have a taboo against bathing. The Kachin ladies are very pretty until they become crones at around thirty. They build their houses on stilts to keep snakes out. When Kachin fellows go a'courtin' they sit under the houses and sing and play the banjo. Then they stick their hands up through a hole in the floor. If the girlie favors them she holds the hand or fills it with inviting body part. If she doesn't, she emptied her pipe in it. I think I'll stick to National Geographic...
The sudden escalation of fighting comes as the government grapples with a conflict in northwestern Rakhine that has sent hundreds of Rohingya Moslems fleeing to Bangladesh, posing a new challenge to Nobel peace prize winner Suu Kyi, who swept to power last year on promises of national reconciliation.
In an important realignment of ethnic armed forces, one of Myanmar’s most powerful militias, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), joined three smaller groups that have been in a stand-off with the Myanmar military since festivities on the border last year.
The fighting last year pitted the army against the predominantly ethnic Chinese Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and its allies, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Arakan Army (AA).
The three groups said they had joined with the KIA to attack the military over the weekend.
"The Burma armed forces have been assaulting to destroy all political and military struggles of the ethnic peoples because they have no will to solve Myanmar’s political problem by politically peaceful negotiation methods," the four groups said in a statement.
I'm also impressed. It's like our new president knows how to make deals or something...
[CNBC] Democratic media mogul Bob Johnson told CNBC on Monday that fellow African-Americans should give Donald Trump "the benefit of the doubt," and hope common ground can be reached with the incoming Republican administration about issues facing the black community.
The BET founder — who met with Trump on Sunday at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey — described the sit-down as a "great chat" about "business solutions to social problems."
During the campaign, Trump made the case to African-American voters that Democrats let them down, and argued repeatedly "what do you have to lose" by voting for him.
Johnson, who had supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, said he told Trump over the weekend, "The real question you should be asking is what do African-Americans have to gain from your presidency."
"Trump is a business guy, and I think he's going to tilt towards finding [a] way to use fiscal policy … to move the economy forward," he said. "Let's give him a shot. Let's give him the benefit of the doubt; see if we can find common ground."
"That's what's best for African-Americans," Johnson added.
To make his case, Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Cos., quoted founding Congressional Black Caucus member Rep. Bill Clay Sr., a Missouri Democrat who served more than three decades in the House.
Paraphrasing Clay, Johnson said, "Black Americans should have no permanent friends, and no permanent enemies, just permanent interests."
"That's where African-American voters should be," Johnson contended, saying he does not view Trump and the Republicans as enemies or friends. African-Americans have "permanent interests," he said.
Johnson said the country needs a leader, "not somebody who's going to sort of choose sides," and he hopes Trump fits the bill. As for whether his meeting with Trump might mean an administration job, Johnson said unequivocally, no. He joked about the odds being "subzero," adding he "never worked for the government … and never wanted to work for the government."
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[NYPost] President-elect Donald Trump exploded at media bigs in an off-the-record Trump Tower powow on Monday, sources told The Post.
"It was like a f‐ing firing squad," said one source.
"Trump started with Jeff Zucker and said I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed….
"The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down," the source added. Not unlike some of the ambushes they have laid out for previous Republicans.
A second source confirmed the encounter.
"The meeting took place in a big board room and there were about 30 or 40 people, including the big news anchors from all the networks…," the source said.
"Trump kept saying, ‘We're in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong. He addressed everyone in the room calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars. He called out Jeff Zucker by name and said everyone at CNN was a liar, and CNN was network of liars. He ain't wrong
"Trump didn't say Katy Tur by name, but talked about an NBC female correspondent who got it wrong, then he referred to a horrible network correspondent who cried when Hillary lost who hosted a debate – which was Martha Raddatz who was also in the room.
"Gayle did not stand up, but asked some question, ‘How do you propose we the media work with you?' Chuck Todd asked some pretty pointed questions. David Muir asked how are you going to cope living in DC while your family is in NYC? It was a horrible meeting" How to get the Democratic operatives media to work with him? You don't. You keep them at arm's length and let them twist on the rope they made for themselves.
The meeting was off the record, meaning the participants agreed not to talk about the substance of the conversations.
Have to agree with the Donald: the press has gotten out of control and it has only itself to blame. It's become the mouthpiece of the DNC, or as Glenn Reynolds likes to say, "Democratic operatives with bylines." As Kurt Schlichter wrote today, the Donald doesn't give a damn when the media goes after him, and that makes him immune to media-inspired outrage.
So the media is being given notice: get back to reasonably bilateral, bipartisan, more-or-less even-handed coverage, or you'll end up with the public relations version of waterboarding.
The hour-long powwow included top execs from network and cable news channels. Among the attendees were NBC's Deborah Turness, Lester Holt and Chuck Todd, ABC's James Goldston, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Martha Raddatz, CBS' Norah O'Donnell John Dickerson, Charlie Rose, Christopher Isham and Gayle King, Fox News' Bill Shine, Jack Abernethy, Jay Wallace, Suzanne Scott, MSNBC's Phil Griffin and CNN's Jeff Zucker and Erin Burnett. All of which were triggered, had to run to their safe space and blankies and teddy bears.
All of which were triggered, had to run to their safe space and blankies and teddy bears.
Don't forget the warm cocoa and the petting dogs while you're wearing your Pajama Boy onesies, you bunch of fucking wimps - now get the fuck outta here! I have a bum leg, and I'm so certain I'd kick you candied asses from here to Nantucket fucking Island.
We won, deal with it, as another politician might say.
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Since the MSM has already claimed that Trump is a planetary extinction event, it's kind of hard to see where they go from here.
"He's a planetary extinction event and he isn't nice to us!"
He's also put the MSM in a trick-bag: after this meeting if they say bad things about him it looks like they're retaliating; and if they don't it looks like they're afraid of him. What would Insty say -- Troll Level: Galactic Grandmaster?
I really love the rope-a-dope he is playing with the media. Not only does he sidestep them to give an untampered message to the public, he also causes them to winge themselves inside out and gives him press about things he would rather have them report on.
Donald Trump is Bricktop: "Do you know what nemesis means?"
Posted by: Regular joe ||
11/22/2016 14:26 Comments ||
All these alphabet channel people sh!t in their messkits when they did not cover the election so that people could be informed. Instead they were the propaganda arm of the DNC. Now they want to get back in. Problem is that once you betray trust it is almost impossible to get it back. Trump is done with them. They are washed up as far as he is concerned. He doesn't them. Just let em cry, maybe they won't pi$$ so much.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
11/22/2016 18:18 Comments ||
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.