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Friday, December 13, 2019

Attorney General William Barr Says President Obama Was a Bigger Threat to Democracy Than Russia

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Attorney General William Barr told NBC News on Tuesday that he thinks the FBI acted on “bad faith” when it investigated Donald Trump’s campaign’s links to the Russian government during and after the 2016 election.

“I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press,” Barr told NBC’s Pete Williams. “I think there were gross abuses…and inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI.”

It’s unclear what Barr was referring to when he made that statement.

An independent report released Monday by Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department’s inspector general, found that the FBI had an “authorized purpose” when it launched the Russia investigation in July 2016.

It also found that there were irregularities in the bureau’s application for a warrant to surveil the former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, but there is no “documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision to seek FISA authority on Carter Page.”

In other words, while scrutiny of the FBI’s surveillance apparatus as a whole is warranted, the bureau’s decision to monitor Page, who was suspected of being an unwitting Russian agent, was not infected by political bias, as Trump, Barr, and their allies have claimed for years.

Barr continued asserting that the Trump campaign was spied on and noted that the FBI used confidential informants who recorded conversations with campaign officials, according to NBC News.

Barr then made the outlandish suggestion that Obama and the FBI were more of a danger to democracy than Russia.

“From a civil liberties standpoint, the greatest danger to our free system is that the incumbent government use the apparatus of the state … both to spy on political opponents but also to use them in a way that could affect the outcome of an election,” Barr told NBC News.

Horowitz’s report found that the bureau’s use of confidential informants was in compliance with longstanding rules and protocol. But Barr vehemently disagreed with Horowitz’s findings, saying the inspector general wasn’t thorough in his investigation.

“All he said was, people gave me an explanation and I didn’t find anything to contradict it,” Barr told NBC News. “He hasn’t decided the issue of improper motive. I think we have to wait until the full investigation is done.”

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Donald Trump Claims That It Was the MEDIA that Mocked Him at NATO, Not the World Leaders

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President Donald Trump lashed out on Sunday at the media over its coverage of the recent NATO summit in Europe, claiming news outlets “mocked” him despite what he characterized as a fruitful trip overseas.

But if you remember correctly, it was other world leaders who mocked the big orange man.

“I got NATO countries to pay 530 Billion Dollars a year more, and the U.S. less, and came home to a Fake News Media that mocked me. Didn’t think that was possible!” the president tweeted Sunday.

Trump has repeatedly taken credit for increased NATO spending commitments after frequently accusing European allies of not paying their fair share relative to the U.S., but the organization’s European states have been steadily increasing their defense commitments since 2014, when Russia annexed the U.S. territory of Crimea, according to Foreign Policy.

The NATO summit made headlines after a clip surfaced of a group of other Western leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron appearing to gossip about Trump.

Trump later called Trudeau “two-faced” when asked about the conversation.

Twitter called Trump out for blaming the media:

Donald Trump Requires Salt and Pepper Shakers That Are Bigger Than Everyone Else’s

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Donald Trump tries to display his power in many ways… from firm handshakes, a second scoop of ice cream, and … towering salt and pepper shakers?

Mark Knoller, CBS News’ White House correspondent, pointed out how much bigger Trump’s shakers were in a tweet on Thursday.

And if you look through photos of Trump eating with others, it appears Trump more often than not gets much larger salt and pepper shakers than other foreign leaders or American politicians when dining at the White House.

Looking back at photos of previous presidents, we couldn’t find any photos of Trump’s most recent predecessors using larger shakers than those of their guests.

The large shakers might just be because he enjoys salty foods like KFC chicken, Big Macs, and bacon and eggs. But it could also be another power move, alongside his fierce handshakes and bulky suits.

These photos show how much bigger Trump’s White House salt and pepper shakers usually are than everyone else’s, and how they compare to those of Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

Start with Bill Clinton, it appears he and Vice President Al Gore ate lunch with typical, nondescript salt and pepper shakers.

George W. Bush seemed to up the salt and pepper game with fancier shakers, but still the same size as his guests.

When Vice President Joe Biden joined President Obama for lunch in the private dining room of the White House, the shakers were equal.

White House meals changed when Trump became president. When he dined with the emir of Kuwait in the Cabinet Room in September 2017, they reportedly shared a laugh at the expense of the media, but they didn’t share shakers — Trump’s were far larger.

Trump’s shakers were again larger than everyone else’s when he dined with the United Nations Security Council at the White House in early 2018.

The trend continued in March 2018. Even Secretary of Energy Rick Perry got the small shakers.

Trump continued his shaker tradition when he met again with the UN Security Council in late 2019.

Now, does Trump really need a larger salt shaker than everyone else? Of course not.

We’re guessing it is yet another one of Trump’s power moves.

Trump’s handshake is likely the most recognizable of his power moves. We’ll actually dip into a few different aspects of the handshake, but keep an eye out for it the next time you see him on the news. It all stems from the idea that a weak handshake transmits a weak character. And as a result, Trump goes over the top to have a strong, firm shake.

Aside from Trump’s violent handshakes, the shove is probably the most memorable physical action he’s made since becoming president. The incident, of course, was caught on camera. And in short, it was Trump fighting his way to the front of a pack of NATO leaders, presumably because he wanted a photo-op. It was awkward but yet another method of establishing dominance and exerting control over the situation.

First Lady Doesn’t Want Anyone (Especially Democrats) Saying Her Son’s Name

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First lady Melania Trump joined in a chorus of Republican criticism of impeachment inquiry witness Stanford Law School Professor Pamela Karlan for a comment Karlan made about Barron Trump, President Donald Trump’s son.

Melania Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that Karlan “should be ashamed of [her] very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.”

Karlan had made a point earlier during the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing about impeachment in response to a question from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, on how Trump as president was different from a king.

Karlan said kings could do no wrong because their word was law. But Karlan said Trump was wrong to say that Article 2 of the Constitution allows him to do anything he wants.

“The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron,” Karlan said to scattered laughter and applause in the hearing room.

Mind you, this was not an insult to Barron at all. It was a play on his name. Period.

Stephanie Grisham, a White House spokeswoman, also criticized the comment in a tweet. “Classless move by a Democratic ‘witness,’” Grisham said. “Prof Karlan uses a teenage boy who has nothing to do with this joke of a hearing (and deserves privacy) as a punchline. And what’s worse, it’s met by laughter in the hearing room. What is being done to this country is no laughing matter.”

Reacting to the tweet, a host of social media users pointed out that under her husband’s presidency, thousands of children were separated from their parents at the border and held in detention center “cages.”

Similarly, thousands of people tweeted using the #FakeOutrage hashtag, noting that the First Lady did not comment about President Trump verbally attacking 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

Other social media users also reminded about the furore over her “I really don’t care, do U?” khaki jacket, which she wore while heading to see detained migrant children in McAllen, Texas, in June 2018.

Melania Trump said the message on the back of her jacket was aimed at the “left-wing media who are criticizing me.”

And earlier this year, social media users reminded the first lady about the migrant children who were detained on the border after she tweeted a message to pupils returning to school in September while using the hashtag #BeBest.

Several prominent conservative figures also condemned Karlan’s comments about Barron Trump, including the president’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr., TV host Jeanine Pirro and Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

In a statement, Trump 2020 campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said: “Only in the minds of crazed liberals is it funny to drag a 13-year-old child into the impeachment nonsense.

“Pamela Karlan thought she was being clever and going for laughs, but she instead reinforced for all Americans that Democrats have no boundaries when it comes to their hatred of everything related to President Trump.

“Hunter Biden is supposedly off-limits according to liberals, but a 13-year-old boy is fair game. Disgusting.”

But let me remind everyone of this moment, when Rush Limbaugh, bloated drug addict, compared then-minor Chelsea Clinton to a dog:

Donald Trump Loving Televangelist Warns Democrats: Back Off Trump Or God Will Strike You Down

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According to Right Wing Watch, during the weekly “Firehouse Prayer” gathering held at his Omega Center International church in Tennessee last Thursday, right-wing pastor Perry Stone asked his congregation to pray against the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump’s actions towards Ukraine, and warned that if Democrats don’t back off, Christians may unify in prayer to ask God to strike them down.

That’s not very Christian if you ask me.

Stone claims that there is “an unjust balance” in Washington because Hillary Clinton was allowed to “smash her BlackBerrys to keep the government from seeing what’s on them” and was not prosecuted for treason for keeping “four classified letters on a server,” while Trump, he contended, has been the victim of an unrelenting conspiracy to remove him from office that he alleged “was actually funded by George Soros.”

Of course none of that is true, but truth isn’t a big thing in Trump World.

“The one thing that we have as Christians, as true believers, is the power of fasting and prayer,” Stone said, citing several biblical passages in which leaders “who attempted to delay and hinder the will of God” where “supernaturally removed by very strange diseases.”

“It is not about messing with a person, it is about messing with a sovereign plan,” he added. “When God has a sovereign plan, he himself will fight against people.”

“What the ungodly, unbiblical, Christ-haters in America do not understand,” Stone warned, “is that the true body of Christ that prays in the Holy Ghost, that has the power of God—and there are many of us, there are millions of us in America—if we so choose and decide to set out heart and our mind to fasting and prayer, we can move the hand of God to do anything that he would desire to do and give him the will—we have to choose, of course—to have his freedom, to say, ‘God, go do your thing right now.’”

“It may come to the body of Christ fasting and praying and asking God to clean house himself,” he continued. “This is going on the internet and I’m sure somebody will pick up what I’ve said. Right Wing Watch, I know you watch me, so go ahead and post what I just said and let’s see what happens. And then when it happens, you can apologize for being an idiot.”

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Joe Biden Releases Campaign Video of World Leaders Laughing at Donald Trump and It’s PERFECT!

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Former VP Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump on Wednesday over a video of several NATO leaders mocking the U.S. leader over the length of a press conference which Trump had hosted at the start of the NATO summit.

In a video released by Biden’s Twitter account, ominous music plays as news anchors discuss footage of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and French President Emmanuel Macron discussing Trump’s lengthy press conference earlier Wednesday.

Biden, a 2020 candidate for president, says at the end of the that the U.S. will face a “great deal of difficulty” regaining respect on the world stage should Trump be reelected.

“The world is laughing at President Trump. They see him for what he really is: dangerously incompetent and incapable of world leadership.
We cannot give him four more years as commander in chief,” he added on Twitter.

Trump himself addressed the comments made by Trudeau in the video during a press availability Thursday, calling Trudeau “two-faced,” while adding that the world leaders “weren’t laughing at me, they were laughing with me.”

Some speculated that the recorded exchange between the world leaders was what led to Trump cancelling his scheduled press conference Thursday before heading back home from the NATO summit in London.

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Twitter had some thoughts:

WATCH: Emmanuel Macron Correct Donald Trump TO HIS FACE at NATO Meeting Over His Repeated Lie That ISIS is Defeated

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French President Emmanuel Macron did not mince words as he discussed ISIS with President Donald Trump at this week’s NATO summit in London, fact-checking his American counterpart as they met on the global stage.

In an apparent jab at Trump’s repeated and false claims that ISIS is defeated, Macron on Tuesday said: “I think, number 1 priority, because it’s not yet finished, is to get rid of ISIS and these terrorist groups. This is our number one priority. And it’s not yet done, I’m sorry to say that.”

As recently as October, Trump said the US has defeated “100% of the ISIS Caliphate.”

But the US military is engaged in ongoing operations against ISIS. The terror group has lost its territorial holdings, or so-called caliphate, but is estimated to still have up to 18,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria.

“We have captured 100% of the caliphate,” Trump reiterated on Tuesday, but acknowledged that the group is still active and emphasized that the US is working to prevent ISIS from regrouping.

Macron also corrected Trump on the subject of foreign ISIS fighters imprisoned in Syria.

“Many are from France, many from Germany, and many are from UK. They’re mostly from Europe, and some of the countries are agreeing. I have not spoken to the president about that,” Trump said.

Trump then turned to Macron and added: “Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I can give them to you. You can take every one you want.”

Macron replied: “Let’s be serious: The very large numbers of fighters you have on the ground, are the fighters coming from Syria, from Iraq and the region.”

The French president conceded that there are foreign fighters from Europe who’ve joined ISIS, but added that they represent “a tiny minority of the overall problem we have in the region.”

This heated exchange came after Trump went after Macron earlier in the day for comments he made on NATO in an interview with The Economist last month. Macron had said NATO is experiencing a “brain death,” and was critical of Trump’s approach to the historic alliance.

“We find ourselves for the first time with an American president who doesn’t share our idea of the European project, and American policy is diverging from this project,” Macron said in the interview.

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Donald Trump Loses It at NATO Presser and Calls Adam Schiff a ‘Deranged Human Being, a Maniac!’

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Donald Trump tore into Rep. Adam Schiff in harsh terms on Tuesday, taking a moment from his overseas tour in London to call the House Intelligence Committee chairman a “maniac” and a “deranged human being” over his handling of the impeachment inquiry.

Trump was speaking to reporters alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of a NATO summit, when he was asked what he would hope to learn from having Schiff testify in a possible Senate impeachment trial — a scenario some Republicans would like to see.

“I learn nothing from Adam Schiff, I think he’s a maniac,” Trump said. “I think Adam Schiff is a deranged human being. I think he grew up with a complex for lots of reasons that are obvious. I think he’s a very sick man, and he lies.”

The comments demonstrated how the impeachment fight has followed Trump even as he meets with world leaders in London on issues ranging from defense spending to ISIS. Trump focused Tuesday on a controversial move by Schiff in September, where he read out a hyperbolic account of Trump’s controversial July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“I have a favor I want from you,” Schiff said in a hearing while appearing to read from a piece of paper. “And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of it, on this and on that.”

Schiff later chalked up his fictional summary of the phone call to a joke as he came under fire from conservatives for making up quotes.

“My summary of the president’s call was meant to be at least, part, in parody,” Schiff said. “The fact that that’s not clear is a separate problem in and of itself. Of course, the president never said, ‘If you don’t understand me I’m going to say it seven more times.’ My point is, that’s the message that the Ukraine president was receiving in not so many words.”

Trump has repeatedly criticized Schiff for the move.

“This guy is sick,” he said on Tuesday. “If he didn’t do that in the halls of Congress, he’d be thrown in jail.”

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Donald Trump’s Favorite Pastor Paula White Has a Fake Doctorate Degree and a History of Bankruptcy

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Paula White is a Florida pastor who led a prayer at Donald Trump’s inauguration, chairs his Evangelical Advisory Council, and is now a White House employee, with her salary paid for by the American taxpayer.

Befitting her association with an administration occupied by a deadbeat ex-reality TV star who has spent his life affiliating with various fraud enthusiasts, she is often introduced as “Dr. Paula” despite never having graduated from college and lives a comically luxurious lifestyle despite having driven her previous church into bankruptcy.

So let’s take a look at the fake Dr. Paula White.

She’s frequently introduced and identified as “Dr. Paula White” despite not having a college or seminary degree of any kind. No degrees…not even an undergraduate degree from college.

According to Orlando Weekly, “Her mother was an alcoholic and her father committed suicide. Living for a time in a trailer, she was the victim of childhood physical and sexual abuse. As a teen, she says, she was promiscuous, became a single mother and, as a young adult, was bulimic. Years later, she was addicted to prescription medication; her teenage son was addicted to crack, and an adult stepdaughter died of brain cancer. If, through the love and power of Christ, White tells her followers, she has been able to break through these “generational curses,” so can they.”

White’s parishioners are usually described as low-to-middle income; and she solicits donations from them relentlessly.

Newsweek reported that White asked congregants to donate as much as a month’s salary to her. “Every time we give, something supernatural happens,” a third reporter saw White tell worshippers who she had asked to donate as much as “a tenth of your gross income.” She once apparently wrote in a fundraising email that donating to her church “will get God’s attention.”

White reportedly owns “several Mercedes”; a Bentley was once photographed in her garage; she and her husband once owned a private jet; she lived in a $2.2 million Tampa mansion. And yet her first church—Without Walls—went bankrupt in 2014 after defaulting on a reported $29 million in loans.

Shortly after being saved at the age of 18, Paula Furr left her first husband and ran off with Randy White, her Maryland church’s pastor, who was at the time married with three young children – a fact she does not include in her redemption testimony. The couple moved to Tampa and, after doing some youth work with a local church, set out to establish their own congregation from scratch, which succeeded spectacularly.

At the height of their popularity, Paula and Randy White reported generating $40 million a year from her broadcast ministry and their Without Walls International Church in Tampa. The racially diverse congregation, in two locations, claimed a membership of 28,000, with the co-pastors taking together between $600,000 and $1.5 million a year in compensation.

In addition to her mansion in Tampa, she also has two homes in NYC, one in Trump Tower and one in another Trump building on Park Avenue.

White was also once the subject of a sensational tabloid exposé in the National Enquirer that linked her with fellow (and separated but still married) televangelist Benny Hinn in a romantic tryst in a five-star Rome hotel. Hinn, another prosperity gospel proponent, was registered in the presidential suite under the biblically suggestive name “David Solomon.” White denied the affair, but Hinn later acknowledged an “inappropriate relationship.”

There is little mystery as to what first attracted Donald Trump to Paula White in 2002.

While possibly not “a 10” by Trump’s beauty pageant and supermodel standards, White’s physical appearance is still central to her appeal – even at 50 – so she works hard to maintain it. Over the years the televangelist has not been shy about displaying her toned, fit body on exercise segments on her various TV programs, or in increasingly form-fitting outfits. She likes to tell revivals, “I work my hips and lips.” One follower on her Facebook page referred to her as a “smokin’ Barbie.”

The meeting between Trump and White was the beginning of a beautiful – and mutually beneficial – friendship.

In 2008, Trump was a guest on her show, promoting his latest book and sharing his insights on how to get rich.

White’s website features this Trump encomium: “Paula White is not only a beautiful person both inside and out, she has a significant message to offer anyone who will tune in and pay attention. She has amazing insight and the ability to deliver that message clearly as well as powerfully.”

Trump thought so highly of White that in 2015 he invited her to attend the finale of The Apprentice and pray with the cast and crew.

And if all that information doesn’t scare you enough, watch this:

And this is an interesting little tidbit:

Donald Trump Just Pretended to be Peter Strzok Having an Orgasm with Lisa Page [EXPLICIT]

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I don’t even know what to say anymore.

Donald Trump has lost it. I mean, he has really lost his freaking mind.

Trump’s holding a big rally in Minneapolis tonight, and the event was punctuated early by the president’s dramatic re-enactment of texts between former FBI personnel Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Trump was making no sense, and said, “Much earlier Peter Strzok. He and his lover, Lisa Page. What a group. She’s going to win 10,000,000-1. She’s going to win Peter, I love you so much. I love you Peter. I love you too, Lisa. Lisa, I love you. If she doesn’t win, we got an insurance policy. We will get that of a bitch out. The phony Russia hoax.”

Then I think he recreated Strzok having an orgasm, I think?

Twitter was sickened:

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