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  • Cabinet Level Revolt Over Trumpís Treatment of Jeff Sessions... (Never Trumper)

    07/25/2017 9:38:17 AM PDT · 53 of 54
    Pinkbell to Oldeconomybuyer

    Things are not the best right now for sure. The Russia probe has caused the problems the Dems hoped for, and the agenda is stalled.

    I liked Reince, but honestly, I think a guy like Newt Gingrich would be a good chief of staff and could have helped get healthcare through.

  • Cabinet Level Revolt Over Trumpís Treatment of Jeff Sessions... (Never Trumper)

    07/25/2017 6:03:41 AM PDT · 21 of 54
    Pinkbell to sharkhawk

    My question is whether Trump has talked to Sessions about these things and he has refused. We know he has been hinting at wanting them for months.

    My thoughts are that he is trying to force a resignation because of the bad PR of firing him, but yeah, this is essentially like firing him if he steps down.

  • Here's Trump's approval rating in every state

    07/25/2017 5:55:35 AM PDT · 9 of 40
    Pinkbell to TangledUpInBlue

    What are the breakdowns for Gallup in terms of Dems/Ind/Reps?

    Look, I think that Trump is probably not as unpopular as some polls show but probably not as popular as some of his diehard supporters like to believe.

    He has to get his numbers up beyond his base to win reelection because some people stayed home last time that might turn out against him next.

    I still recommend him stop Tweeting over the Russia probe and focus on his agenda 100% because the Tweets give the media sharks more fodder AND polls show that Russia is only the top issue for SIX PERCENT of the population. People care about the issues. I wrote a whole article on how I think he can improve his poll numbers in my sig in terms of promoting his agenda via social media and getting out there campaigning for his agenda.

  • BOOM! Kid Rock LEADS in Michigan Senate Race Poll

    07/25/2017 5:46:39 AM PDT · 47 of 47
    Pinkbell to Republican Wildcat

    I would never support someone who is not pro-life. That’s my deal breaker. I don’t need another Susan Collins or Lisa Murkowski.

  • Cabinet Level Revolt Over Trumpís Treatment of Jeff Sessions... (Never Trumper)

    07/25/2017 5:19:18 AM PDT · 1 of 54
    Erick Erickson is a Never Trumper, so you can definitely take that into consideration in terms of this article.

    That said, he does have connections within the Republican Party, so it's not unfeasible to me that he talked to a Cabinet Secretary. We know it wasn't Mattis, Tillerson, or Sessions (obviously), so go from there. I'm going to address the following first:

    In fact, the Cabinet secretary I talked to raised the issue of the White House staff vetoes over loyalty, blasting the White House staff for blocking qualified people of like mind because they were not pro-Trump and now the President is ready to fire the most loyal of all the Cabinet members. “It’s more of a clusterf**k than you even know,” the Cabinet secretary tells me about dealing with the White House on policy. It is not just Tillerson ready to bail.

    Did this person know Erick would be leaking their convo? This only hurts the Administration. That said, Trump has every right to ensure that people that are hired are Pro-Trump. He's under assault by the media, Democrats/the left, the intelligence agencies and even some in his own party. He is dealing with leaks all the time including from within his own Administration. He ran on a certain agenda he wants to deliver on, and with so many out to get him, it makes sense he doesn't want Never Trumpers in the Administration. There is no reason why these Cabinet people can't pick people who supported Trump or at the very least are supportive of the agenda he ran on. He doesn't need people undermining his agenda or throwing him under the bus to the media like with what has happened with some on his staff and these leaks so far. He needs people that will fight with him, not against him.

    And that is the point of the Secretary with whom I spoke. Not every one of the Cabinet members supported Trump. Some of them even were put off by him through the general election. And of those who were with him loyally, none was more loyal than Sessions. It’s a good point. If this could happen to the most loyal of all the Cabinet members, God help the rest of them.

    If they were put off by him, they should not have taken the job. This is why I said at the time that Trump should have picked people who were with him throughout the campaign, people who were loyal.

    As far as Sessions, look, I would like to see them looking into the Clintons, into the leaks, into Ukraine's election meddling, etc. I know he didn't think Sessions should have recused himself and would have picked someone else if he had known he would, although I would argue that Sessions had no choice in my opinion as liberals would never trust the results of an investigation he was head of because he was a part of the campaign. I understand his frustration 100%, though.

    The above said, Sessions is a fine man, a man who backed Trump when few else would. He stood by him during the campaign when many did not, and I can't recall him ever throwing Trump under the bus. He is a good, kind, conservative man who does agree with Trump on securing our borders. He is such a kind man, that I was skeptical of the pick from the beginning - thinking Trump needed a pitbull like Giuliani.

    The reality is that he has chosen Sessions, and I hate to see Sessions out in the cold. I hate to see Sessions lose everything for supporting Trump. I hope that Sessions can look into the above things. I don't believe for a second that Trump would ever be able to get anyone he wanted through confirmation now anyway. Anyone who would look into what Trump wants wouldn't get confirmation. The Republicans who voted for Sessions would be angry as many of them really love their former colleague.

    I'll end with the following quote from the article which shows the Never Trump bias of Erickson:

    Tossing the most loyal of cabinet secretaries because he had to recuse himself on the Russia matter, which itself is a self-inflicted wound by the President and no one else, would send a very strong message to the rest of the Cabinet and many others that the President will not show reciprocal loyalty.

    A self-inflicted wound? Absolutely ludicrous. It was only a self-inflicted wound if Trump colluded with Russia to hack the emails. If not, it is a witch hunt.

  • What Happened To The UK Daily Mail?

    07/25/2017 4:32:16 AM PDT · 21 of 26
    Pinkbell to BlueStateRightist

    Very true. The unfortunate Russia narrative has been helpful to them. If the truth comes out and they are wrong, hopefully they’ll take a hit.

  • What Happened To The UK Daily Mail?

    07/25/2017 2:00:03 AM PDT · 7 of 26
    Pinkbell to SpaceBar

    A lot of Trump bashing - that seems to be all of their Trump coverage now.

  • What Happened To The UK Daily Mail?

    07/25/2017 1:59:18 AM PDT · 6 of 26
    Pinkbell to mindburglar

    It would be great to have a paper out there where the coverage isn’t sensationalized clickbait but which is devoted to objective journalism - one in which the comments section could be somewhat civil. I know I’m asking for too much today, though.

  • Reading Preference "Positive or Negative POTUS News"

    07/25/2017 1:45:07 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    Pinkbell to hapnHal

    Objective news. Stop sensationalizing headlines in order to get clicks. Stop writing headlines, Tweets, and articles in a hyperbolic, sensationalized way to further the hate mobs against the President. Be objective. Be fair. That’s all I want.

  • Man kicked out of Golden Corral for F*** Trump shirt (Sudanese in Nebraska)

    07/25/2017 1:28:02 AM PDT · 9 of 39
    Pinkbell to 2ndDivisionVet

    Yeah, like hell he voted for Trump. No one believes that.

    Anyway, you can’t wear a profane shirt like that in public. A shirt criticizing Trump - fine. One with profanity - not fine.

    People like him only help our cause anyway. There is nothing persuasive about his shirt - only turns people off.

  • What Happened To The UK Daily Mail?

    07/25/2017 1:14:17 AM PDT · 1 of 26
  • Trump Floats Possibility Of Giuliani Replacing Sessions As AG

    07/24/2017 8:19:06 AM PDT · 91 of 432
    Pinkbell to basalt

    Yeah, I know. That said, I supported his decision at the time. I know what his rationale was. Hillary had conceded. She actually gave a very nice concession speech. Trump wanted to unite the country and move forward. He thought that if he let the Clintons go, that would be a sign to the Democrats that he wanted to do so. Trump thought they were going to let him govern like any other President. They weren’t and still aren’t. We are now in month 8 of this Russia narrative, and it shows no signs of stopping - only of getting worse. Trump can’t get out of the Russia probe, but he might as well say that if they are going to go after him, Hillary’s ties to Russia should be investigated at the very least. Perhaps that had something to do with this hacking (which I still question was Russia).

  • Trump Floats Possibility Of Giuliani Replacing Sessions As AG

    07/24/2017 8:00:38 AM PDT · 29 of 432
    Pinkbell to dirtboy

    Exactly. I don’t get it. All he has to do is order it, right?

  • Trump Floats Possibility Of Giuliani Replacing Sessions As AG

    07/24/2017 7:59:51 AM PDT · 24 of 432
    Pinkbell to Helicondelta


    1) No way they would get him through confirmation - at least not without him promising to recuse himself.

    2) Sessions was a loyal supporter who risked his political capital to endorse Trump early and gave up his Senate seat. I would hate to see him out in the cold. Sessions is also more conservative than Rudy, although Rudy would have been my ideal pick for the job.

    3) If Trump wants Sessions to investigate something, I believe (correct me if I’m wrong) all he has to do is order it. Trump needs to order it.

  • Help! My 3-Year-Old Is Obsessed With Trump

    07/24/2017 6:35:21 AM PDT · 23 of 42
    Pinkbell to TigerClaws
    After the election, his name, like everything else, was no longer very funny. To me, Yassi’s obsession with Donald Trump represented the radical disjuncture between the brave new world we adults came to inhabit and the innocent world of a child, where even the names of autocratic despots are reduced to lyrical rhymes.

    This is insanity. The kid is the only sane person in the house.

  • Deputy DNC Chair Praises Cuba and Russia for Health Care Systems

  • A chill emanating from the White House reaches State Department

    07/23/2017 4:31:05 PM PDT · 9 of 23
    Pinkbell to Terry Mross

    I don’t think Tillerson is going anywhere myself, but do you think Rudy could get through if Tillerson left? He wanted the job initially.

  • New Jersey becomes 3rd state to raise smoking age to 21

    07/23/2017 4:25:38 PM PDT · 25 of 39
    Pinkbell to Extremely Extreme Extremist

    I don’t understand why people even start smoking now with the health risks known, but this seems like a waste to me. I get it with alcohol because alcohol is mind altering - you don’t want 18 year old high school students buying alcohol.

  • Scaramucci: CNN is comparing me to Nixon for deleting some unclassified yoga tweets...

    07/23/2017 4:20:26 PM PDT · 7 of 20
    Pinkbell to cotton1706

    This is a fake account. Notice the name is spelled wrong.

  • A chill emanating from the White House reaches State Department

    07/23/2017 4:18:47 PM PDT · 1 of 23
    But two sources who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity over the weekend said they would not be surprised if there was a "Rexit" from Foggy Bottom sooner that that.

    Both of these sources are familiar with Tillerson conversations with friends outside Washington. Both said there was a noticeable increase in the secretary's frustration and his doubts that the tug-of-war with the White House would subside anytime soon. They also acknowledged it could have been venting after a tough week, a suggestion several DC-based sources made when asked if they saw evidence Tillerson was looking for an exit strategy.

    I know. It's CNN, so there will certainly be cries of fake news. I'm not sure I believe this. I don't personally think Rex will go anywhere. That said, I always wondered about the fit of Tillerson as he was recommended by Condi Rice, and the Bush Administration had a totally different foreign policy than what Trump ran on. There was a report posted here on FR that the state department was defying Trump's refugee cap, and Cernovich had reported that Tillerson wanted 100,000 refugees and that people under him like Brian Hook are Never Trumpers. There have been reports of tension I have read, but they may be overblown.

    If Tillerson leaves, I hope Trump gives Rudy the job he wanted from the beginning.

    This next part about tax reform:

    2) Tax reform next? White House nervous as it eyes clock

    Trump pushed again Saturday for GOP senators to resolve their differences and settle on an Obamacare repeal and replace package. The White House wants a win, and worries failure will further damage the President's political standing.

    Some top Trump aides are worried about the calendar --- believing all this time spent on health care, without success, might have a domino effect on another top White House priority.

    Julie Hirshfeld Davis of The New York Times detailed the anxiety over finding a path toward tax reform.

    "What we're seeing, what we're hearing, from these meetings that have been going on behind the scenes with Steven Mnuchin, the treasury secretary, Gary Cohn, the National Economic Council director and the top congressional leaders on the Republican side is that they're sort of starting to think about potentially trimming their sales and not doing a big massive tax reform but instead a tax cut," Davis said. "There is a lot of uncertainty about whether they're even going to be able to get that this year."

    Trump had said his instincts was to start with tax reform. He listened to Paul Ryan and started with healthcare. Trump was propelled to victory by his instincts, and he should have went with them.

    However, I think he should have started with infrastructure. He could have gotten bipartisan support on infrastructure, and I read that Chuck Schumer was afraid Trump would start with infrastructure because it would be unitive and help Trump. Infrastructure and building is Trump's wheelhouse. It may have been a way to bring the country together (although I highly doubt you can ever unite people whose motto is #Resist), but even if not, it's something I know Trump could get done.

    Meanwhile, Obamacare could have continued it's collapse, and there would have been more support for a replacement. Right now, due to lack of promotion of this bill and the GOP fighting, Obamacare is more popular by a good deal than the GOP proposal.