Wednesday, January 18, 2017

FBI, 5 other agencies probe possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump (Article contains lies)

FBI, 5 other agencies probe possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump
McClatchy via Sacramento Bee ^ | January 18th, 2017 | By Peter Stone and Greg Gordon

The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said.

The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence, the sources said.

Investigators are examining how money may have moved from the Kremlin to covertly help Trump win, the two sources said. One of the allegations involves whether a system for routinely paying thousands of Russian-American pensioners may have been used to pay some email hackers in the United States or to supply money to intermediaries who would then pay the hackers, the two sources said.

The informal, inter-agency working group began to explore possible Russian interference last spring, long before the FBI received information from a former British spy hired to develop politically damaging and unverified research about Trump, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the inquiry.

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<P>The informal, inter-agency working group began to explore possible Russian interference last spring, long before the FBI received information from a former British spy hired to develop politically damaging and unverified research about Trump, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the inquiry.

Oh, goody.  More leaks from our intelligence services. 

However, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a former chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that she believes that Russia's tactics did alter the election result.

Oh really?  She has no proof of that.  If the election result was altered, it was directly because of the actual words contained in those emails - all true.  They are mad that Russia "rigged" the election by showing that the Democrats rigged the election against Bernie (who rolled over pathetically).

To another point, I'm GLAD she's saying this.  Why?  It means, of course, the Democrats still can't take responsibility for their loss.  They are continuing to find things to blame as opposed to looking at the reasons they lost - no message, lack of campaign in swing states, Benghazi, Hillary putting classified information on an unsecure server, and pay to play are all ignored!

During the campaign in July, he displayed ignorance that Russian-backed separatists had invaded Crimea in eastern Ukraine in 2014 and he called on Russia to hack away to uncover thousands of emails that Clinton had never made public after using a private server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

THIS IS A LIE!  He never displayed ignorance.  Russia already annexed Crimea.  He was saying Russia wouldn't go further.  The media spun his statement to make it sound like he didn't know Russia annexed Crimea.  Secondly, he did not call on Russia to hack away to discover Hillary's deleted emails that she bleached.  It was a joke.  What was Russia supposed to hack?  Her server was defunct.  The emails were deleted.  The U.S. government didn't have them.  What were they supposed to hack?  Furthermore, the emails on that server were supposed to be personal and all about weddings and yoga.  What would they have discovered anyway?  (That is, unless the media believes Hillary is lying.)

Anyway, nothing we can do but wait for the results of the investigation to find out if Trump is a secret KGB agent.  I just wanted to point out a couple things and the media lies that can be slipped into articles.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Trump Accuser Summer Zervos Files Defamation Suit Against President-Elect

Trump Accuser Summer Zervos Files Defamation Suit Against President-Elect

NBC News ^ | January 17, 2017 | Daniella Silva

A woman who previously accused Donald Trump of unwanted sexual advances has filed a defamation lawsuit against the president elect — just three days before Trump's presidential inauguration.

Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the "The Apprentice," said in a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred in Los Angeles on Tuesday that she filed the lawsuit over allegedly false statements Trump made in response to her accusation.

The suit, filed Tuesday morning, claims Trump knew his statements about Zervos and his other accusers would subject them to "threats of violence, economic harm and reputational damage."

Allred said Zervos would be willing to dismiss the lawsuit without any monetary damages if Trump agreed to retract his comments about her and admit that the accusations against him were in fact true.

"Ms. Zervos is willing to dismiss her lawsuit if he will retract his false statements about her and acknowledge that what Summer said about Mr. Trump and his alleged conduct is and was the truth," she said.

Zervos claimed in an October press conference that Trump sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions during a 2007 business meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

She said Trump made unwanted sexual advances toward her on multiple occasions during the meeting, kissing her on the lips, pressing himself against her and groping her breast and body without her consent.

Trump has vehemently denied the claims. In response to Tuesday's press conference, Trump's spokeswoman Hope Hicks provided the following statement to NBC News: "More of the same from Gloria Allred. There is no truth to this absurd story."

On the campaign trail, Trump said Zervos and his other accusers were liars, according to the lawsuit, and that she and the other women were motivated to come forward by the promise of "ten minutes of fame."

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The suit, filed Tuesday morning, claims Trump knew his statements about Zervos and his other accusers would subject them to "threats of violence, economic harm and reputational damage."


Trump says they are lying, so of course he is going to respond and say so. If someone defends themselves from false accusations, that person is not responsible for the consequences to said accuser.


"Ms. Zervos is willing to dismiss her lawsuit if he will retract his false statements about her and acknowledge that what Summer said about Mr. Trump and his alleged conduct is and was the truth," she said.


Uh, yeah right. If Trump didn't do it, he is not going to admit to doing something he didn't do. Do you honestly think that would be the end of it? That would only be the beginning, and the media would then be able to brand him.


For the record, when these accusations came out, I did a long blog post which detailed the accusations made by these women and showed questions one could have about these stories. Here is the part I did on Summer Zervos:


SUMMER ZERVOS


Summer Zervos was a former contestant on The Apprentice.  She was fired but still liked Trump.  For the record, Trump is denying the following account, but I went through it to point out some head scratcher things that she said.


1. After being kicked off of The Apprentice, Zervos still admired Trump and “continued to see him as a possible mentor and a potential employer.”  She describes a meeting with him at his New York office in 2007 when she was visiting from California, during which she says he told her he would “love to have” her work for him, and wanted to meet again when he visited Los Angeles in the near future. He also allegedly kissed her on the lips both when they said hello and when they parted ways, something she says upset her but she ultimately chalked up to “some form of greeting.”


She said that he kissed on the lips twice, but she decided it was "some form of greeting."  She said she called her parents who thought the same.  I can only speak to the fact that if I told my parents that, they would say that is odd - not "some form of greeting."


He told her of her appearance on The Apprentice:


He said that he was impressed with how I handled myself on The Apprentice. He said that he had never met anyone with my combination of being smart, attractive, and with the largest set of balls as I had.


Just one thing, she was the FIRST person he fired on The Apprentice that season:  

Zervos was the very first of 18 people eliminated on the first episode of the season. She got herself fired after repeatedly interrupting Donald Trump.


Zervos’ teammates complained that she didn’t contribute anything to their project. Zervos only made one sales phone call then gave up — her job was to make as many calls as possible.


http://gotnews.com/tag/summer-zervos/ 


Why would he say that about someone who he fired first?  Why would he be so excited about hiring her when she was the first fired from the show?


2.  Now we get to the hotel part of her story where she claimed he met her at a Beverly Hills hotel when he was in California:


I was standing in the entryway. To the left was a bedroom and I saw Mr. Trump’s clothes on the bed. I did not see him but he greeted me with “Hello” in a sing-song voice. I thought a mistake had been made and Mr. Trump thought he was speaking with someone he was more familiar with.


I walked farther into the living room, away from the bedroom, and sat down. I waited for about 15 minutes until Mr. Trump emerged. He had his suit on. I stood up and he came to me and started kissing me open-mouthed as he was pulling me toward him. I walked away and I sat down in a chair.

He was in a low seat across from me and I made an attempt at conversation. He then asked me to sit next to him. I complied. He then grabbed my shoulder and started kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast.


I pulled back and walked to another part of the room. He walked up, grabbed my hand, and walked me into the bedroom. I walked out. He then turned me around and said, “Let’s lay down and watch some tele-tele.” He put me into an embrace and I tried to push him away. I pushed his chest to put space between us and I said, “C’mon, man, get real.” He repeated my words back to me — “get reeeeal” — as he began thrusting his genitals. He tried to kiss me again with my hand still on his chest and I said, “Dude, you’re tripping right now,” attempting to make it clear I was not interested.

He said, “Well, what do you want.” I said, “I came to have dinner.” He said, “Okay, we’ll have dinner.” 


First of all, if we are to believe this account, he forced himself on her three times, and she continued to stay.  This reads so unrealistically:


~"Hello" in a sing song voice?

~"Let's lay down and watch some tele-tele."  Who the heck uses the term "tele-tele?"

~"C'mon, man, get real."  That sounds like a phrase guys would use.  Maybe a woman might use that to a friend or a guy in some instances, but to someone who is forcing himself on you?

~"Get reeeeal"  Trump supposedly mocked her saying "get reeeeal" while thrusting his genitals.  Reading like a bad teen novel.

~"Dude, you're tripping right now"  This is slang and an odd phrase to use.  Still reading like a bad teen novel.

~Then he asked her what she wanted.  She said she came for dinner.  Now wait a minute, a guy forced himself on you three times, and you stayed for dinner?  So then Trump ordered dinner and discussed real estate and business with her with her the rest of the night:


She says their dinner only involved business and real-estate talk, and that they met the next morning at his golf course in Palos Verdes. “I wondered if the sexual behavior was some kind of test,” Zervos says, “or whether or not I had passed.” 


Say what?  If that happened, how could anyone consider it some kind of test?  That suggests that she thought he does that with women he wants to employ because either he only hires women who kiss him back OR he only hires women who don't kiss him back.  That's nonsensical.


From the hotel. I drove straight to our family business to speak with my father, and he gave his advice. I decided to go to the golf course the next day. 


What advice could her father possibly give?  No father would tell her to go if this occurred (unless she ignored her father).  I repeat, no father.     

After receiving a tour of Trump’s golf course from the general manager, she says the latter called her and offered her a job for half the salary she was looking for. She says she continued to discuss business opportunities with Trump — though he reportedly told her to no longer use his private number — until he eventually told her he couldn’t afford to hire her.


So she was willing to stay with a guy who forced himself on her three times, but she stuck around, and she was disappointed because he didn't offer a job with the salary she wanted.  Then, it seems that she kept trying to discuss business opportunities with Trump, but he never gave her an opportunity she wanted, said she couldn't use his number, and then said he couldn't afford to hire her. 

The fact that Trump declined her on these three things could be reason enough to want to smear him. However, she still wanted to work for Trump:


Even though Mr. Trump had sexually harassed me, I still wanted to get a job within the Trump Organization. I felt that since I had made it clear to him I was not interested in having a sexual relationship with him that he would give me a job that would be based solely on merit, and we would be able to work together.


What?!!  That makes no sense.  She claimed he sexually assaulted her, but she still wanted a job with him because, what?  He wouldn't do it again?  Why would a woman want a job working for and with a man who sexually assaulted her?


3.During Mr. Trump's fight for the Republican nomination, I saw and heard Mr. Trump nonstop on television and in the news. Customers at my restaurant asked about him, as they knew I was a contestant on The Apprentice. I always complimented and never said anything about what we had done at the Beverly Hills Hotel. However, this caused me a great deal of pain and anguish, and I felt the need to confront Mr. Trump and ask him to apologize for his behavior.


I also thought he might have been embarrassed by his behavior, and this would provide him with the opportunity to clear the air. I had no idea about his behavior with other women at the time. Therefore, I contacted his secretary in April of 2016 and asked if I could reconnect with Mr. Trump. I did not tell her why I wanted to speak with him. she responded that, perhaps, his campaign team would follow up with me.


So she contacted him to come to the restaurant to apologize?  Let's say he had done it.  Did she really expect him to, while he was running for President and surrounded by Secret Service, media, aides, etc. to go to her restaurant and apologize?  She waited until he was running for President to ask for that apology?


She emailed Trump's secretary on April 14, 2016.  The text is as follows;


Hello,


I am certain that you are a very busy woman.  I am in an unique situation being that I am the only former Apprentice who operates a business where Mr. Trump's supporters can walk in, express their admiration for him and inquire about my experience.  Mr. Trump has a great deal of support in Huntington Beach, CA!  He has witnessed both my highs and lows operating a small business and I am pleased to report that business is good.  Sunny's restaurant has a long history of making people fee special.  We hire a diverse crew and hire anyone that is honest while working hard.  Mr. Trump is cut from the same cloth.


I would greatly appreciate reconnecting at this time.  He will know my intentions are genuine.

Thanks you,


Summer Zervos


She said she had contacted his secretary and then sent an email on April 21, 2016 (no mention of the April 14 email):


I then wrote his assistant an email on April 21, 2016, asking her to send my email directly to Mr. Trump. In that email, I stated, "Your interest in me as a potential employee meant the world to me. Your interest in me as anything more blew my mind, and I lost my footing." I further said, "I have been incredibly hurt by our previous interaction." I ended by stating, "I hope to hear from you and wish you continued success." Mr. Trump did not reply.


So incredibly hurt that she wanted to work for him after it?  She never specifically referenced the April 14, 2016 email, so I don't know if she admitted to sending that or not.  Again, if he did it, why contact him again?   Why praise him in this email and simultaneously expect an apology?  Why would she think he would apologize and do so while running for President at her restaurant surrounded with people?   "Hurt from a previous interaction" could have something to do with not being given a job.


Article quotes from:

http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/10/summer-zervos-trump-of-sexual-misconduct.html


Some of the transcript from:

https://www.bustle.com/articles/189744-the-transcript-of-summer-zervos-donald-trump-accusation-is-chilling-to-read


4.  For Trumps' part, he says the whole thing is fiction - that he never met her at a hotel:


“I vaguely remember Ms. Zervos as one of the many contestants on The Apprentice over the years. To be clear, I never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago. That is not who I am as a person, and it is not how I’ve conducted my life. In fact, Ms. Zervos continued to contact me for help, emailing my office on April 14th of this year asking that I visit her restaurant in California. 


“Beyond that, the media is now creating a theater of absurdity that threatens to tear our democratic process apart and poison the minds of the American public. When Gloria Allred is given the same weighting on national television as the President of the United States, and unfounded accusations are treated as fact, with reporters throwing due diligence and fact-finding to the side in a rush to file their stories first, it’s evident that we truly are living in a broken system. 


“Hillary Clinton can spend all of her time and money pushing complete lies against our campaign, but I refuse to fall victim to this vicious cycle of personal attacks. In the coming days I plan on addressing our nation in a more personal way to present my vision for how together we fight to bring back American jobs and defend our country against radical Islamic terrorism. I will take my message directly to the American people and bypass the unethical press that wants to see their candidate elected. Together, we will make America great again.” 


https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2016/10/14/read-trump-response-summer-zervos-accusations/bqnRaoeDiKf2jensVCfa3J/story.html


5.  Again, her story at a lot of "What the heck?" moments in it.  His rebuke matches up with her clearly wanting a job from Trump.  Could it be bitterness?  Her cousin thinks so:


"I am completely shocked and bewildered by my cousin, Summer Zervos, and her press conference today. Ever since she was on The Apprentice she has had nothing but glowing things to say about Mr. Trump. For almost a decade, my cousin would talk about how much she looked up to Mr. Trump and viewed him as an inspiration – a success story she wanted to copy. Summer would also talk about how kind and caring Mr. Trump was on the show, and how he would even visit children in hospitals without telling the press. She has praised the good things he's done for her life, and in fact she converted her friends and our family to become Trump supporters even though we’ve never been active in politics before.


“That was until Summer invited Mr. Trump to her restaurant during the primary and he said no. I think Summer wishes she could still be on reality TV, and in an effort to get that back she’s saying all of these negative things about Mr. Trump. That’s not how she talked about him before. I can only imagine that Summer’s actions today are nothing more than an attempt to regain the spotlight at Mr. Trump’s expense, and I don’t think it reflects well.” – John Barry, Mission Viejo, CA (first cousin of Summer Zervos)


6.  Her lawyer is none other than Gloria Allred who was behind the Herman Cain supposed victims who came out when he was running for President and disappeared as soon as he dropped out.  She also was behind rumors of an October surprise that was supposed to take Romney out.  No need, of course, Romney took himself out.  She was a delegate at the DNC this past cycle.


http://gotnews.com/breaking-trump-accuser-lawyer-gloriaallred-democrat-fundraiser-wikileaks-emails-tried-kill-romney-campaign/


Here is a Wikileaks email where she goes back and forth with a Jordan Vaughn about the language in an invitation to a DNC reception.  This email back and forth was in May of 2016 where Gloria was already accusing him of sexual harassment.  At one point she says after receiving the first draft:


Please delete the word ”fellow”. Also, his position on equal pay is unclear. I think you should delete that. Is there anything you can substitute for that, e.g. demeaning treatment of women in the work place or sexual harassment in the work place?


This is the final draft they settled on:


Friend – 


Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States in 2016. As a lifelong advocate for women’s rights, this statement is frightening. Donald Trump has pledged to reverse the vast amounts of great progress we have made over the years. His demeaning treatment of women and his stance on the Supreme Court and issues such as abortion would reverse this progress and negatively impact millions of Americans across the country – and that is unacceptable. 


The time to act is now. That is why I hope you will join myself, Tina Tchen, and Robbie Kaplan for a Democratic National Committee reception on May 31st at the home of Leatitia and Richard Garriott in New York. We will come together and discuss the upcoming race, and why we as Democrats must do everything we can to ensure a Democrat remains in the White House for the next four years. 

RSVP now via the attached invite or below:


https://finance.democrats.org/page/contribute/DLCReceptionMay31 


I hope you will answer this important call to action. 


Gloria Allred


https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/emailid/20593

The Washington Post Continues To Use John Lewis To Call Trump Racist


Washington Post ^ | January 17, 2017 | Janell Ross, Vanessa Williams

The eruption of hostilities between President-elect Donald Trump and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) may be recorded as just one more example of what has become standard Twitter retaliation for Trump.

But coming on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, it also reignited the passions around Trump’s difficult history with African Americans, the group of voters from whom he might be most alienated as he prepares to move into the White House this week.

In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Friday, Lewis said he did not regard Trump to be “a legitimate president” because of allegations that high-level Russian operatives interfered in the election on Trump’s behalf. Trump lobbed back with a tweet in the early hours of Saturday morning that disparaged both the congressman and his district, which includes some of Atlanta’s most affluent neighborhoods.

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart,” Trump wrote. “(Not to . . .” — in fact, he needed two tweets to finish the thought — “mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!”

Trump continued his taunts in a separate tweet Saturday evening, saying Lewis should “finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!”
Trump’s attack on Lewis drew widespread condemnation across party lines, particularly given Lewis’s role in the fight for black voting rights.

“John Lewis is beyond a doubt the conscience of the country and that’s why his people [constituents] send him to Congress,” said Kwame Lillard, an activist who helped to organize the civil-rights-era Freedom Rides and has known Lewis for more than 60 years.

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This is why I have no choice but to keep open my Trump blog.  These people won't stop their relentless dishonesty.  I rank this right up there with that stupid star the media branded anti-Semitic as one of the most shameful, dishonest media attacks on Trump.  Let's address this article.


First of all, I did an entire blog post in which I posted in entirety on Free Republic about how the media made Trump's response to John Lewis calling him an illegitimate President into a racist attack.  From a part I wrote:

http://dtforpres.blogspot.com/2017/01/trump-criticizing-john-lewis-is-racist.html


"Now, to the point - the media doesn't like that Trump has responded.  What can they do?  Why pull out the old racism attack line.  They are saying that because Trump said, "All talk, talk, talk - no actions or results," it means that Trump is ignoring the work and sacrifice Lewis made regarding civil rights.  Is that what Trump was getting at?  Of course not.  He was criticizing John Lewis record as a Congressman.  Will the media report this without inferring Trump is a racist?  Are there still Wooley Mammoths in existence?"


I then chronicled headline after headline and article after article from MSM outlets all across the country which claim that Trump attacked this Civil Rights crusader on MLK weekend.  I continued:


"...This was not about race.  It was about Trump responding to criticism.  Trump would have responded to a white person the same way.   Anyone who has watched him over the past year and a half would know that.  This was not about what he did for civil rights.  Trump never even came close to implying that.  He criticized him as "all talk" for saying he was not a legitimate President when his own district has a 17% poverty rate, higher than the national average of 13.5% and is number 14 on the list of 20 most dangerous cities in America.  Trump is saying that as opposed to criticizing the results of a free and fair election, worry about your district.  Is Lewis above criticism because of his history, his race, and MLK weekend? 


Imagine for a second if the roles were reversed and this was a white Republican rep saying this about Obama.  The guy would have been skewered as a racist, and if Obama gave this exact same response Trump gave about focusing on his district, he would have gotten a round of applause.  As it is, Lewis is treated well by the gleeful media for saying the President-elect is not legitimate, and the media whines when the person who won the election responds.  The media has pulled out the tired old racist mantra again as opposed to dealing with the substance."


But coming on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, it also reignited the passions around Trump’s difficult history with African Americans, the group of voters from whom he might be most alienated as he prepares to move into the White House this week.


As I said, Trump's comments are completely irrelevant to MLK Day weekend.  Trump's history is the same as most Republicans - in fact he did better than McCain (who is now back in the good graces of liberals again) and Romney with the black community in terms of votes.


The article sings the praises of his district, but as noted, the poverty rate is 17% (national average is 13.5%), and Atlanta is ranked 14/20 on list of most dangerous cities in the country.  The point is that while there are great areas of his district, there is work to be done, and that was what Trump meant.


Trump’s attack on Lewis drew widespread condemnation across party lines, particularly given Lewis’s role in the fight for black voting rights.


This is a lie.  It was the usual cadre of RINOs/NeverTrumpers like Egg McMuffin, Ben Sasse, Bill Kristol, Michael Steele (from MSNBC), and some Missouri state representative the Washington Post dug up.


Trump’s harsh rhetoric about Hispanics, Muslims and women was one of the hallmarks of his campaign,...


I would like the Washington Post to bring up negative things Trump said about Hispanics.  Trump talked about illegal immigration from Mexico, but what were his specific attacks on Hispanic American citizens?


As far as Muslims, Trump's main goal is to ensure that those who are radicalized and are affiliated with ISIS and/or don't respect our Constitution (support Sharia) don't come in.  His position to ban immigration from countries compromised by terrorism is perfectly reasonable.


As far as women, they will of course bring out the tape, accusers (see blog post), and past statements made on shows like Stern:


Sure, they will bring up Megyn Kelly (and use their made up inference he was talking about her period blood because didn't finish a sentence despite having no proof) Heidi Cruz (while a stupid retweet - it was in response to an attack on Melania, and Rosie, but to say he made attacking women a "hallmark" of his campaign?  That makes it sound like he ran a campaign platform on attacking women.  I listened to the majority of his rally speeches, and I don't recall him attacking women as part of his stump speech.


Trump started his presidential campaign with huge disadvantages among African Americans, in part because of his years-long questioning of whether President Obama was a U.S. citizen.


The rumor originated with Hillary's campaign.  Contrary to the media narrative, it had nothing to do with race, or Trump would not have questioned Cruz.  Trump would not have questioned any black man running if it was about race.  He didn't question once opponent Carson.  He wouldn't question someone like Booker.  He questioned the same reason a lot of people did (if you look at polls) because of Obama's unique childhood.  If it was a white Democrat who was rumored to have been born in Europe, you honestly don't think Trump would have questioned him too?


Trump also drew criticism for taking out a full-page ad in New York newspapers urging the death penalty for five black and Hispanic teenagers accused of raping a woman in Central Park.


I just saw a documentary on this, and a lot of people thought they were guilty at the time and were furious.  With confessions on tape, they were found guilty.  Now they say those were false confessions, but at the time, one can understand the anger of Trump.  It reflected the sentiments of many people then.


In the closing weeks of the campaign, Trump began appealing to black voters to give him a chance. Speaking at rallies, to overwhelmingly white audiences, Trump described black people as living “in hell,” stuck in crumbling, crime-ridden neighborhoods and failing schools: “What do you have to lose?” he asked.


This is a generalization that leads to dishonesty.  Trump was referring to problems in the inner city and pointing out that the Democrats do not fix them but use those issues to get the votes of African Americans and then disappear until it's the next election.


Andra Gillespie, a political scientist at Emory University in Atlanta, said if Trump was serious about reaching out to the black community, he would have to take responsibility for a campaign whose tone was “divisive at best, seriously offensive at worst” and “dangerous” with reports of an increase in racist behavior and actions directed at minorities by some whites. She said he will have to meet with and apologize to the civil rights community and young activists in the Black Lives Matter movement.


Excuse me?  Who was the one paying people to cause violence at Trump rallies? Who was the one that had protesters so violent that people were attacked trying to enter and exit Trump events?  Who forced Trump to cross a highway barrier?  Who broke down barriers outside of events and fought with police?  Who attacked that man his Chicago and drug him by his car because he was white and supported Trump?  Who kidnapped and tortured a disabled Trump supporter - threatening to kill him?  How many of these incidents of Trump supporters supposedly attacking people turned out to be hoaxes?  A lot!


Trump doesn't have to meet with and apologize to anybody.  Black lives matter should apologize for calling for dead cops and saying cops should be fried like bacon. 


“If Donald Trump cared about black people, he wouldn’t have denigrated the president with those claims of birtherism ,” he said. Hughley, who in the late 1990s toured with Harvey as part of the popular “Kings of Comedy,” said Trump was more comfortable with black entertainers. “You’d rather see us run the football than run the country.”


I already addressed the birther issue, but if people like Steve Harvey, Jim Brown, and Ray Lewis have programs that can help connect with some in the inner cities, give them a chance.  Democrat politicians have failed in areas like Chicago and Detroit - Dems have run those cities for decades!  I commend them for putting aside differences and working for this country.


Some political observers say Carson’s appointment is an indication that Trump is not serious about improving the lives of people in struggling communities.


What an insult to a fine man like Dr. Carson who is obviously brilliant.


Michael Eric Dyson, a sociology professor at Georgetown University, said that in touting Carson and Harvey as his urban policy team, Trump is practicing “affirmative action in the worst sense of that term.”


These people are beyond nuts.  They are deranged.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Trump Criticizing John Lewis Is Racist - Dishonest Press Strikes Again

Representative John Lewis gave an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC News wherein he said that Donald Trump is not a legitimate President:

<B>"I don't see this President-elect as a legitimate president," Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, told NBC News' Chuck Todd in a clip released Friday. "I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton."

(Quote per CNN)

The media, which is overwhelmingly anti-Trump, jumped on this immediately.  All the news outlets were blasting out a story on this.  The cable news networks were glad to bring to the table yesterday, even convening panels to discuss it.  The media was again discussing it this this morning.

The Democrats have been trying to delegitimize Trump since the moment he unexpectedly (to them anyway) beat Hillary Clinton - the woman they dreamed of coronating.  They protested in the streets, then they tried recounts, they blame(d) the electoral college and tried to harass electors, they call it a whitelash/racism, they blame Russia, they blame Comey, they blame fake news, and the latest in Politico shows they are now blaming headlines on the cover of tabloids such as the National Enquirer in the checkout line at supermarkets.  Lewis, of course, has chosen the Russia angle.

Considering this story is getting a lot of media coverage, Donald Trump himself responded.  He tweeted:

Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!

Cue up the usual cadre of liberals in the media, liberals online, and RINO establishment Republicans - this group constantly craving the support of liberal colleagues and the press.  (How did that work out for McCain and Romney?)  They call Trump thin skinned, immature, juvenile, etc. if he responds to their comments.  They say he should "stop campaigning."  To the latter point, he can't cease campaigning because of the consistent negativity and attempts to delegitimize him before he even comes into office.  To the point that they insult him, they are the ones who punch and then whine when he responds.  He's not the garden variety roll over and die Republican they are accustomed to.

Now, to the point - the media doesn't like that Trump has responded.  What can they do?  Why pull out the old racism attack line.  They are saying that because Trump said, "All talk, talk, talk - no actions or results," it means that Trump is ignoring the work and sacrifice Lewis made regarding civil rights.  Is that what Trump was getting at?  Of course not.  He was criticizing John Lewis record as a Congressman.  Will the media report this without inferring Trump is a racist?  Are there still Wooley Mammoths in existence? 

Let's look at some of the headlines:

NEW YORK TIMES

‘All Talk, No Action,’ Trump Says in Attack on John Lewis, a Civil Rights Icon

While some, including David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Obama, said they were uncomfortable with Mr. Lewis’s assertion, Mr. Trump’s outburst drew indignation from many people who pointed out the unseemliness of attacking a civil rights leader on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Mr. Lewis was one of the original Freedom Riders, beaten by police officers while marching from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama.

Others ridiculed Mr. Trump’s characterization of Mr. Lewis’s district, which is majority African-American and encompasses three-quarters of Atlanta, as “horrible,” “falling apart” and “crime infested.” While Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District faces challenges typical of many urban areas, it also includes wealthy neighborhoods like Buckhead; the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Some pointed out that fighting with Mr. Lewis distracted attention from a Senate investigation, announced the day before, that will look at possible contacts between Mr. Trump’s campaign team and Russia. In addition, Mr. Trump’s poll numbers have slipped into uncharted depths for an incoming president, with a Gallup poll released on Friday finding that about half of Americans disapprove of Mr. Trump’s transition effort. Some also noted that Mr. Trump had questioned the legitimacy of Mr. Obama’s presidency with false claims about his birthplace.

Mr. Trump’s feud with Mr. Lewis carried echoes of his attacks on Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Pakistani-American parents of an American soldier killed in Iraq, after Mr. Khan spoke out against Mr. Trump at the Democratic National Convention. Those attacks were widely viewed to have backfired, and Mr. Trump later modulated his words about the Khans.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/%E2%80%98all-talk-no-action%E2%80%99-trump-says-in-attack-on-john-lewis-a-civil-rights-icon/ar-AAlS0Fb?li=AA5a8k&ocid=spartanntp

This is NOTHING like the Khizr Khan situation, but the NYT actually went there.

CBS

Trump blasts civil rights icon John Lewis in Twitter attack

President-elect Donald Trump railed against civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, in two tweets Saturday morning, following the congressman’s plans to boycott next week’s inauguration.

The president-elect disparaged Lewis as “All talk, talk talk - no action or results” and attacking him for representing a Georgia district Mr. Trump claimed was “crime infested” and “falling apart.”

The attacks, launched just two days before the nation celebrates the civil rights legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., follow Lewis’ decision to sit out the presidential inauguration Friday. On missing the ceremony -- the first in three decades that Lewis will not be present for -- the Georgia Democrat told NBC in an interview, “you cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong.”

Lewis also contested Mr. Trump’s legitimacy as president in his NBC interview scheduled to air Sunday.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-blasts-civil-rights-icon-john-lewis-in-twitter-attack/

Notice how they wait four paragraphs in (after they've insinuated Trump attacked a civil rights icon over civil rights) to say that Lewis said Trump was not a legitimate President.

POLITICO

Trump Rips John Lewis As Democrats Boycott Inauguration

Donald Trump lashed out at Rep. John Lewis on Saturday after the civil rights icon said he doesn't view Trump as a "legitimate president” — and the confrontation threatened to trigger a broader boycott of Trump’s inauguration by Democratic lawmakers already on the fence about attending.

Trump showed yet again that no one who crosses him — no matter how revered or respected, as Lewis is among both parties in Congress — will necessarily be spared his ire. Lewis was one of the top organizers of the 1963 March on Washington, and his skull was fractured by state troopers police on "Bloody Sunday," the civil rights protest in Selma, Alabama two years later.

"Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to......mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!" Trump wrote in two tweets Saturday morning.

The tweets, two days before the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, came after Lewis questioned Trump's victory in the presidential race in a pre-taped "Meet the Press" interview that aired Friday on NBC.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-john-lewis-233630

UK DAILY MAIL

Trump branded 'loathsome' for attacking civil rights hero Representative John Lewis on MLK weekend in row over election

Donald Trump tore into civil rights legend John Lewis for questioning the legitimacy of the billionare's White House victory.

His remarks have intensified a feud with the black congressman just days before the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr and as the first African-American president prepares to leave office.

Now, hundreds of people, including many politicians and reporters, have come out to denounce Trump's attack - branding him loathsome for attacking the civil rights hero.  

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4119964/Trump-unleashes-Twitter-attack-against-congressional-critic.html#ixzz4Vm7fmtLO

CNN

Trump rips 'all talk,' 'no action' civil rights icon Lewis

President-elect Donald Trump harshly responded to civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Saturday, calling him "all talk" and "no action" after Lewis said Trump was not a "legitimate" president.

"Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad," Trump tweeted Saturday, which happened to fall on the weekend of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.

Lewis -- an ally of King who was brutally beaten by police in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 while marching for civil rights -- represents a Georgia district that includes most of Atlanta. On the campaign trail, Trump regularly decried crime in urban areas while pledging to revitalize neighborhoods primarily populated by black Americans.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/14/politics/john-lewis-donald-trump/

HUFFINGTON POST

Donald Trump Fires Back At John Lewis After He Challenged The President-Elect’s Legitimacy

President-elect Donald Trump lashed out at Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Saturday ― two days before America recognizes Martin Luther King Jr. Day ― after the civil rights leader said he doesn’t see him as a “legitimate president.”

Trump hit back at Lewis, suggesting that the congressman was doing a bad job of representing his district.

(Snip)

Many pointed out the irony of Trump saying Lewis was “all talk,” posting photos of him marching with King and staging sit-ins:

Lewis rose to prominence as a civil rights leader after police beat him in 1965 as he crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Police attacked Lewis and hundreds of peaceful voting rights activists at the event, known as “Bloody Sunday.” Lewis was beaten so badly he suffered a fractured skull. He was awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-john-lewis_us_587a270de4b0e58057ff1aca

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Trump kicks off Martin Luther King weekend by attacking civil rights legend John Lewis

In yet another indication of his unwillingness to let criticism pass, Donald Trump has lashed out at “all talk … no action” national icon John Lewis, who was beaten repeatedly and nearly lost his life in the long struggle for civil rights.

Trump’s Twitter comments early Saturday about the Georgia congressman followed Lewis’ assertion Friday that he did not see Trump as a “legitimate” president because of Russian involvement in the defeat of his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The president-elect’s response was rife with irony: Trump did so at the beginning of a weekend dedicated to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., over something Trump himself has done repeatedly. Trump built his political name on a more than five-year effort to de-legitimize President Obama by falsely claiming that he was foreign-born.

Trump also used racially freighted language when he said that Lewis’ Atlanta district was “crime infested” and “falling apart.” It actually includes much of the area’s most successful neighborhoods.

(Snip - She then relays the Civil Rights history of Lewis and how Obama gave him a Presidential Medal of Freedom)

Trump’s remarks, reminiscent of his summer attack on a Gold Star family who spoke against him at the Democratic convention, spurred defenses of Lewis by political figures and others.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-in-a-weekened-celebrating-the-civil-1484407475-htmlstory.html

This is nothing like the Kahn story, and it is false equivocation and deliberate dishonesty.

NBC News

Trump Decries Civil Rights Icon John Lewis as ‘No Action,’ Sparking Backlash

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis rankled President-elect Donald Trump when he told NBC News' "Meet the Press" in an exclusive interview on Friday that he does not believe Trump is a "legitimate president." The comment provoked Trump to lash out at the congressman, decrying him on Twitter Saturday as "all talk, talk, talk - no action or results."

Trump's series of tweets criticizing Lewis set off a flurry of reaction on the weekend before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Several Democrats rallied behind Lewis, a Freedom Rider and top organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, calling him an "American hero" and revered civil rights leader. Republicans stayed mostly silent amid the back and forth — the latest to highlight Trump's willingness to take on anyone, from war heroes to celebrities, whom he believes slighted him.

(Snip)

The last part didn't sit well with Democratic lawmakers, some who noted that Trump was ripping the black congressman — the son of Southern sharecroppers whose fight against segregation and as an original Freedom Rider is well-documented — on the weekend ahead of the King holiday.

Lewis was beaten during a civil rights march in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 and had been arrested and jailed repeatedly in opposition to desegregation. Since joining Congress in 1987, he's been a leading member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/dems-defend-rep-lewis-hero-after-trump-slams-civil-rights-n706921

USA TODAY

Trump slammed for attacking civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis

It’s almost as if they were surprised.

President-elect Donald Trump sparked outrage (again) Saturday by attacking Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., after the civil rights icon said he would skip Trump’s inauguration and doesn’t consider his election legitimate.

Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results,” Trump tweeted. “All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!”

The reaction, as one would imagine, was swift. Democrats, celebrities and even some Republicans weighed in.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/01/14/trump-slammed-insulting-civil-rights-icon-john-lewis/96588526/

CNBC

Trump engages in war of words with John Lewis ahead of inauguration

Donald Trump struck back at criticism leveled at him by Georgia congressman John Lewis on Saturday—eliciting bipartisan critcism in the process—after suggsting the Democrat should focus on fixing his "crime infested" district in response to a remark that questioned the president-elect's legitimacy.

In an interview on Friday, Lewis—a political elder statesman who was severely beaten during a march in Selma, Alabama during the civil rights era—dismissed Trump as not being a "legitimate president."

Lewis is widely regarded as a civil rights icon, and was a vocal supporter of Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College by a wide margin.

Trump, however, struck back early Saturday in a series of posts on Twitter. Fresh from a controversy earlier this week, in which he responded to a critique from actress Meryl Streep, the president-elect accused Lewis of neglecting the needs of a district that was in "horrible shape" and doing little other than "talk, talk, talk."

(Snip)

The exchange sparked a new verbal slugfest between the president-elect and a prominent Democrat on the eve of his inauguration, and days before Martin Luther King Day. Lewis's supporters and Democratic colleagues, and even a few of the president-elect's own party members, immediately rushed to Lewis' defense.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/14/trump-engages-in-war-of-words-with-john-lewis-ahead-of-inauguration.html

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

President-elect Trump feels the need to insult civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis on Twitter? Sad!

But what's really sad — pathetic, actually — is that a man who will be President of the United States in less than a week, who, no doubt, has plenty of foreign and domestic issues on his plate, would use his thumbs and a smartphone to insult a civil rights hero like John Lewis.
President-elect Donald Trump calls Rep. John Lewis 'sad!'

A day before Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday!

(Snip)

Here's three words for Trump: Edmund. Pettus. Bridge.

That’s where Lewis, one of the original Freedom Riders, got his head beat in during what became known as Bloody Sunday, when demonstrators were attacked by police officers with billy clubs as they tried to march to Alabama’s state capitol in Montgomery during a voting rights protest on March 7, 1965.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-insulted-civil-rights-hero-john-lewis-twitter-sad-article-1.2946512

NPR (Funded by your tax dollars to lie)

Trump Attacks Civil Rights Hero Lewis As 'All Talk' After He Questions His Legitimacy

Donald Trump lashed out at civil rights hero John Lewis on Twitter Saturday morning, a day after the Georgia Democratic congressman said in an interview he didn't view the president-elect as "legitimate" amid questions of Russia's interference in the U.S. elections.

While Trump has a well-known tendency to take to social media to push back against any slight against him, such a strongly-worded rebuke of Lewis and the criticism of his majority-black district was jarring on the holiday weekend celebrating the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Lewis was one of the original Freedom Riders and a top lieutenant of King's, helping organize the March on Washington in 1963 and marching with King across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., in 1965, where his skull was fractured.

http://www.npr.org/2017/01/14/509834319/trump-attacks-civil-rights-hero-lewis-as-all-talk-after-he-questions-his-legitim

Lewis in an interview with NBC on Friday cited Russia's meddling in the election for his view on the legitimacy of the presidential election results, and his comments stoked controversy with Republicans and debate inside the Democratic Party.

(Snip)

Trump’s tweets spurred a backlash on social media, including by some who said Trump was dismissing Lewis' accomplishments in the struggle for civil rights on the weekend before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Lewis is one of the last surviving central organizing figures of the U.S. civil rights movement and was beat by police in a march for voting rights on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-elect-trump-attacks-civil-rights-icon-presidency/story?id=44777274

TIME


President-elect Donald Trump attacked Democratic Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis on Twitter Saturday morning, after Lewis said Trump was not a “legitimate president” and announced that he would not attend the upcoming inauguration.

"Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to…… mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results.” Donald Trump wrote in tweets on Saturday morning.

“All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!” Trump said of Lewis, whose activism—which included participating in sit-ins at segregated lunch counters and marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma—was instrumental to the progress of the civil rights movement.

http://time.com/4635375/donald-trump-john-lewis/
Ahead of , let us remember that many have tried to silence @repjohnlewis over the years. All have failed.


CORNELL BROOKS (NAACP)

By disrespecting @repjohnlewis, @realDonaldTrump dishonored Lewis' sacrifice & demeaned the Americans & rights, he nearly died 4. Apologize.

Never apologize, Trump, because you said nothing disparaging his sacrifice.

KAMALA HARRIS

John Lewis is an icon of the Civil Rights Movement who is fearless in the pursuit of justice and equality,” she wrote. “He deserves better than this.”

KEITH ELLISON

".@repjohnlewis knows true sacrifice. @realDonaldTrump has no clue. When cluelessness collides with power oppression results. Resistance,” the Minnesota lawmaker said.

MICHAEL STEELE

Appearing on MSNBC’s AM Joy, Steele took Trump to task for the comments that happened to be tweeted on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

"Number one, don’t tweet that. Number two, don’t go there. And number three, try and step back and appreciate what’s being said,” Steele began, referring to Lewis’s criticism.

"You can put it in a partisan context,” he continued. “You know, ‘He’s a Democrat, I’m a Republican. He’s black, I’m white.’ It goes to what you were just saying, what’s undergirding that?”

If you’re looking to heal and bridge, and bring people of America together, well, we’re a part of that. As black folks, we’re apart of that,” Steele remarked. “Our expectation is, not only will you attempt that same effort that you would to white folks in other communities, but that you will show respect for our leadership, those who do represent our interests. You know, the tweet is unnecessary. John Lewis has a walk that very few people in this country, least of all Donald Trump, have ever walked.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/ex-rnc-head-michael-steele-slams-trump-for-lewis-tweets-trump-has-never-walked-the-walk/

Race had nothing to do with this, but the same old RINOs continue to contribute to and aid the left wing media narrative.  That's why the Republicans couldn't win elections.  This was not about race.  It was about Trump responding to criticism.  Trump would have responded to a white person the same way.   Anyone who has watched him over the past year and a half would know that.  This was not about what he did for civil rights.  Trump never even came close to implying that.  He criticized him as "all talk" for saying he was not a legitimate President when his own district has a 17% poverty rate, higher than the national average of 13.5% and is number 14 on the list of 20 most dangerous cities in America.  Trump is saying that as opposed to criticizing the results of a free and fair election, worry about your district.  Is Lewis above criticism because of his history, his race, this being MLK weekend? 

Imagine for a second if the roles were reversed and this was a white Republican rep saying this about Obama.  The guy would have been skewered as a racist, and if Obama gave this exact same response Trump gave about focusing on his district, he would have gotten a round of applause.  As it is, Lewis is treated well by the gleeful media for saying the President-elect is not legitimate, and the media whines when the person who won the election responds.  The media has pulled out the tired old racist mantra again as opposed to dealing with the substance.