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The hypocrisy has become truly breathtaking

 

January 19, 2017 --

Anti-Trumper Max Boot, writing on the op-ed page of the fiercely anti-Trump New York Times, January 12, took note of President-elect Trump’s “scorching suggestion that American spies were employing Nazi-like tactics.” As it happened, LPR wanted to get a sense of Mr. Boot’s previous anti-Trump diatribes so it went to Google – to learn that among Mr. Boot’s anti-Trump efforts was his op-ed article in The Los Angeles Times, October 17, 2016: “The Nazi echoes in Trumps tweets.”

Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the Anti-Defamation League wants Mr. Trump to explain, or apologize for, his recent reference to the Nazis. Googling has disclosed no call from Mr. Greenblatt to Mr. Boots to explain, or apologize for, the reference to the Nazis in his anti-Trump context. For the edification of Mr. Greenblatt, LPR will suggest that the president-elect was putting disinformation about his ties to Russia in the Goebbels “Big Lie” context. Josef Goebbels, of course, was the Nazi propaganda chief.

Mr. Boot, in his New York Times op-ed criticism of Mr. Trump also twisted a key legal concept by some 180 degrees – making it clear, at least as concerns Donald J. Trump, that guilt is presumed, innocence must be proved. Also, at least when it comes to Mr. Trump, for Max Boot – the fact that vicious slanders are not proved does not mean that they are false.

 

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Will John Le Carre Please Explain the Post-Election Period?

January 19, 2017 --

Charles M. Blow, perhaps the leading Trump-hating columnist at The New York Times, declared the election of Donald J, Trump “tainted beyond redemption” in his January 9 column. For Mr. Blow, “Donald Trump is as much Russia’s appointment as our elected executive.” Curiously, Mr. Blow included a quote from the intelligence report “ Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections.” that seems, to LPR, to have an exculpatory tone. (LPR here will quote from the Intelligence report rather than from the Blow column.) “We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election. The US Intelligence Community is charged with monitoring and assessing the intentions, capabilities, and actions of foreign actors; it does not analyze US political processes or public opinion.”

If, indeed, the Intelligence Community did not look into “US political processes or public opinion, “ how then, can cite Intelligence Report to claim that the election of Donald Trump was “tainted beyond redemption.”

LPR would very much be interested in learning just how Russia tried “to influence the 2016 presidential election” as its “most recent expression of Moscow’s longstanding desire to undermine the US-led liberal democratic order.” The report asserted: “Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.” But by the report’s disclaimer, quoted above, it could make no determination of the impact, if any, of the alleged Russian aims on the American people.

LPR is not aware that the Intelligence Community has been asked if other foreign sources tried to intervene in the presidential election. Politico, for example, ran an article, January 12, “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire.” What, if anything, has, say, Cuba or Iran done, this election, or past elections, to get their preferred candidate into the White House? Or is it impermissible to raise this question?

Le Carre’s first blockbuster novel, “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold,” told about how British intelligence used a British agent (without his knowledge) to frame the East German counterintelligence chief to protect its mole, a top East Germany security official.

The report about a damning dossier on Donald J, Trump, to support the claim that the president-elect is controlled by the Kremlin, cries out not for discussion by media agents for the left, but for examination by author Le Carre.

We are told that the dossier was commissioned by an anti-Trump Republican. Who is this Republican? Who put the dossier in the hands of the Clinton campaign? Why was the Democratic National Committee (DNC) vulnerable to hacking? Was the vulnerability intentional? Did the Clinton campaign intend for the DNC tp get hacked so that it could blame the Russians and link them to Truimp?

Has the media and the intelligence community conspired with the Democrats to frame Donald J. Trump to keep him from reaching the White House – or to be removed as soon as possible after January 20?

Is the establishment horrified at the thought that whatever secret files cannot be shredded, deleted, or vaporized might fall into Trump’s hands?

John Le Carre, please note.

 

 

 
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Who, indeed, wants to undermine U.S. democracy?

January 19, 2017 --

Who knows but by the time of the swearing-in of our 45th president, most House Democrats will boycott the inauguration. Consider the course of the neo-Leninists. First they demanded vote recounts; then pressure on the members of the Electoral College; then disinformation about the crucial role of the Kremlin in Hillary Clinton’s defeat. And then the pronouncement of Rep. John Lewis, hero of the struggle for civil rights (and whose demonstrations to integrate lunch counters in in Nashville, Tennessee, the fall of 1962, this writer joined) that the election Donald J. Trump was not “legitimate.”

Daniel Henninger, deputy editor of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, chatting on the John Batchelor Show, January 13, cited the comment of Lewis as an example of the attempt by Democrats to undermine the Trump presidency. Hearing that observation, LPR immediate realized – but that is precisely what the Democrats, joined by the intelligence community, are accusing the Russians of trying to do -- to our political institutions. Are the accusations from the left simply a bait and switch exercise?

LPR found a response to Lewis from Max Boot, also mentioned elsewhere in this LPR posting. At the end of his October 17, 2016 column in the Los Angeles Times, Boot denounced Mr. Trump for “assigning blame for his potential defeat to a shadowy cabal that includes such groups as international bankers and ethnic minorities.”

Boot continued: “In the process [Trump] is violating the most basic tenet of democracy: The willingness of one side to accept defeat at the polls and acknowledge the legitimacy of the winning side.”

Boot then indicated that for the losing side to challenge the legitimacy of the winner is to “fray the very fabric of our democracy, ” and to take us “to some very dark places where no previous presidential nominee has ever gone.”

 

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LPR Musings …

January 19, 2017 --

A request from LPR to the 45th president

Please tell the American people– no later than your first State of the Union address -- if there is a written, signed and sealed agreement with Iran placing limits on its nuclear arms program. And if there is no written agreement, please act accordingly.

The LPR Political Crystal Ball

Donald J. Trump will serve one very successful presidential term. Mike Pence will be elected president in 2020, and, after two successful presidential terms, will be followed by Jared Kushner, America’s first Jewish president.

On Wisconsin

Hillary Clinton has come under some criticism for not campaigning in Wisconsin, among other heartland states.

LPR has a hunch Secretary Clinton was confident of liberal, anti-Trump backing in Wisconsin, given the travails of Gov. Scott Walker, plus those midnight raids on conservative activists.

Ms. Clinton might have been reminded, however, that Walker prevailed over those travails, and courts finally put a stop to the harassment of conservative activists in Wisconsin.

 

 
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LPR Photo Observations

January 19, 2017 --

17 floors above Radio City Music Hall
Times Square - New Year's Eve plus 11 days

 
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January 19, 2017 --

The Neo-Leninist News Formula for Reporting on Donald J. Trump

Imagine the worst – go even farther, and then print it.

 

In Reading the Anti-Trump Columns By David Brooks…

… LPR suggests that you keep in mind his December 4, 2015 column called –

“No, Trump Won’t Win, ” and his March 18, 2016 column called—

“No, Not Trump, Not Ever.”

 

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