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July 15th, 2016

For @RealDonaldTrump And #Trump2016: Great News From #Turkey!!! Military Coup Should Kill Erdogan And Islamists

Update: Scumbag Obama, as he did during the military coup in Egypt, supports the Islamists in Turkey under the guise of supporting democracy. Obama is a treacherous scumbag:

During a phone call tonight with Secretary of State John Kerry, President Obama said that the democratically elected government of Turkey should be supported, according to a statement from the White House.

The Turkish military is the one in support of real democracy. Obama’s pal Erdogan is the Islamist scumbag who wants to impose a theocratic regime on the people of Turkey.

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Great news from the Muslim world today. Too bad we don’t have an American President who cares about America and destruction of Muslim terrorists and Islamism.

If America had an American President interested in America and the values of the West, so much could be done. First, Egypt is prepared to fight against Muslim scum. Second, Jordan is prepared to fight against Muslim scum. Now if it is successful we have great news from Turkey that the Turkish military is gaining control:

Turkey’s Army Says It Seized Power as Premier Vows to Resist

Turkey’s army says it seized power in the country as warplanes flew over the capital and tanks blocked roads in Istanbul. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said his government is still in control and will resist.

The army said in an e-mailed statement that it took power to restore freedom and democracy. It said all international agreements will be honored.

The coup effort won’t be permitted to succeed, Yildirim told NTV television. He said army units have besieged “some institutions,” and he said police — traditionally closer to his government than the army — have been ordered to use arms if necessary. He said the elected government remains in power.

It wasn’t immediately clear how much of the country is now under military control.

Since 1960, the NATO member has experienced at least three takeovers by the secular-minded army. But since the Islamist-rooted Ak Party government came to power in 2002, the political influence of the military has been trimmed.

Here’s hoping the Turkish military succeeds. Here’s hoping the Turkish armed forces kill Erdogan and the Islamist government and Islamists in Turkey. Here’s hoping the Turkish armed forces are as successful as the Egyptian military when the Muslim Brotherhood scum was routed in Egypt. Here’s hoping the Turkish Air Force is prepared to strafe and bomb every hole Erdogan hides in.

An American President interested in America and the values of the West would cheer. Barack Obama today is dour and upset that Islamist Erdogan is threatened.

An American President interested in America and the values of the West would create a coalition of decent Muslim countries Egypt, Jordan, and Free Turkey, to kill the Muslim terrorist scum and Muslim scum around the world. But we have Barack Obama.

January 21, 2017 can’t come soon enough.

July 14th, 2016

#BastilleDay: @RealDonaldTrump Off The Fence – Picks Mike Pence For #Trump2016 – #PenceMakesSense

Update: Potential terror attack in Nice, France on Bastille Day. Truck kills dozens. Fodder for Trump as more terror hits the West. Will Obama say he has no clue about why the terror attack and call for truck control? Details coming…

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It’s the rust belt strategy, stupid.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence will board the #TrumpTrain as the VP candidate, it is widely reported. Pence has already dropped his reelection bid so we take these reports seriously:

Donald Trump will pick Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his running mate, Roll Call reports.

Pence, a staunch conservative, brings to the ticket legislative experience from his time in the House of Representatives.

Trump is set to announce his VP decision Friday at Trump Tower in New York City, the site he rolled out his candidacy for the presidency last year.

Why not Gingrich? Um, the Hannity interview. Newt Gingrich will be a better fit as Trump’s high level congressional liaison to push through the Trump program past that GOP establishment has-been Paul Ryan.

Why today and why Pence? First, two days of coverage full time for Trump, who relies almost exclusively on earned media to propel his campaign. Most importantly, the rust belt strategy:

Who do we think is the best VP for Donald Trump? Donald Trump’s best strategy is to win the rust belt states with the white working class vote. That’s the strategy. The strategy picks the VP.

Mike Pence fits the strategic bill although Trump is the only one who knows if the chemistry is right.

It’s the rust belt strategy. It’s the rust belt strategy. It’s the rust belt strategy. Chemist Trump thought Pence made sense.

Every revolution, full of chaos, full of turmoil, full of fire and music, needs a bland figure at a high level to lessen fear of the unknown if the revolution is to overthrow the ancien régime. Pence is that lower-the-fear-of-the-unknown figure Trump has chosen to help on Bastille Day.

For the rust belt strategy, Pence Makes Sense.

July 11th, 2016

#Trump2016 VP Pick: Who Should @RealDonaldTrump Put On VP #TrumpTrain?

Update: Big Media misses the story yet again. We’ll repeat what should be remembered: “The medium is the message.” This is what Big Media mistakenly focuses on in Donald J. Trump’s VP game of Apprentice:

The search to fill Donald Trump’s ticket appears to have whittled the field down to three main prospects, and one candidate got some serious face time with the Trump family this morning.

Campaign sources told ABC News that Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, and campaign manager Paul Manafort joined Donald Trump Sr. and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at Pence’s home in Indiana this morning.

The sources said ABC News that Donald Trump Sr. was not supposed to stay in Indiana last night but that after his campaign had some technical issues, he and his team were forced to spend the night after a rally in Westfield, where he was introduced by Pence. Eric Trump was already with his father in Indiana but sources tell ABC that Trump Sr. had the rest of his family fly out this morning for the meeting. [snip]

The other two top contenders are former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who has publicly announced that he is being vetted for the job, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who ABC News confirmed is being vetted.

Trump and his family will also be meeting with Gingrich later today, ABC News can confirm. Sources also tell ABC that Sen. Jeff Sessions is on his way to Indiana for a similar meeting.

Big Media stupidly focuses on the names of those visiting Trump. What is the important “medium is the message” NEWS? What really matters from Trump’s masterful control of Big Media? It’s one word. Rather, it’s one place.

What is the big news from today that Big Media misses with the focus on names Trump interviews? One word, one place: INDIANA!

Donald J. Trump is dragging all the attention to Indiana. Trump could have held these meetings anywhere. Could have been New York. Could have been Nevada. Could have been Florida. Could have been Oregon. Could have been Wisconsin. But no, it’s Indiana.

Ignore that nonsense about “technical issues” that determined the location. Trump could hopscotch around the country on his plane and “interview” candidates in many states while in flight. No, Trump wants to bring attention to the region he will focus on. It’s the rust belt.

Trump won’t utilize Mitt Romney’s Great Lakes Strategy (see below), nor the Latino strategy (see below). It’s the rust belt strategy. That’s the big news. Names of candidates? Eh, people come and go. Strategy is forever.

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Scott Walker? Carly Fiorina? Kanye West? Lt. General Michael Flynn? Newt Gingrich? John Kasich? Joni Ernst? Gov. Fallin? Who do we think Donald J. Trump should pick as his VP? We have not written about this before so today we provide the definitive answer.

Four years ago, around this time, we had our breakdown. Mittens Romney was a mess we could not help because Mitt Romney himself was the problem. Romney’s strategic decisions were entirely stupid too. It was the weekend when Willard “Mitt” Romney selected Paul Ryan as his VP. We went into a rage because as we wrote, Mitt Romney lost the election the moment he selected Paul Ryan for his VP.

Why was the selection of Paul Ryan the exact moment when Mitt Romney lost the election? Because it explains what we think Donald J. Trump should do, we’ll briefly post some quotes from our “breakdown” article:

It’s not only the timing, it’s not only the stupidity of thinking a major announcement could be made to compete with a international sporting event. (By Sunday even DrudgeReport was headlining the Olympics). The timing was symptomatic of a campaign at sea taking on new duties to distract from its inability to fight effectively against the previous attacks. [snip]

The carriers of 2012 are Florida (and Ohio) and they are at sea also. Mitt Romney and his campaign somehow think that the way to win Florida and Ohio is with an intelligent discussion of the “issues” and explaining how Barack Obama grabbed half a trillion dollars from Medicare to pay for Obamacare and that Romney wants to preserve Medicare. As if Barack Obama is going to allow that discussion.

What do we see? We see that there was a perfectly viable candidate that answered the Florida question and whatever his downsides they could have been defended with some ease.

We see a total strategic surrender by Mitt Romney on the central, and only, question of campaign 2012. It’s now no longer a referendum on Barack Obama’s tenure – now Mitt Romney thinks it is a choice. A choice! He might as well join Planned Parenthood and become an abortion. A choice! The central strategic fight and now there is total surrender. Perhaps instead of the USS Wisconsin Romney should have held this weekend’s event on the USS Missouri.

We don’t see the applauding seals ask simple questions like “What happened to the focus on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS????????????????” What happened to a referendum on Barack Obama??????

What we see: “The Romney campaign has not had the best of weeks. They needed to get their act together not take on new duties and launching a VP campaign when they can’t manage the P campaign. The response to the Obama attacks were so badly handled by the press secretary that this Ryan pick looks like a band-aid to distract from the bleeding. The Romney campaign should have shuffled the incompetents out, get Sununu to do tutorials on how to respond to the attacks that will only get worse, then after they have righted the ship and slammed Obama as a nasty man running nasty ads – then launch the VP.”

What we see is Mitt Romney whining about Obama and asking Barack to take his campaign out of the gutter and the foolish follow with applause as if Romney had said something worth applauding. We’re not applauding. This is sheer stupidity from Mitt Romney. What Mitt Romney should be is that Obama is the gutter. Romney has to start saying that the Barack Obama campaign is nasty and dirty because Barack Obama is nasty and dirty. Instead there is a whine and the fools follow with applause.

What we see is risible. [snip] The Obama campaign slogan after this weekend’s events is “No Dirt Left Behind.”

What we see is Candy Crowley as a moderator in this fall’s debate and Mitt Romney acquiescing in allowing her to ask him questions when he should be asking her questions about her bias and Big Media bias.

What we see is that this has been a very bad weekend for opponents of Barack Obama. But we’re supposed to be polite, keep our fingers washed in the finger bowls and applaud like circus seals – as so many of the dimwitted are doing. [snip]

We’re supposed to shut up because a strategic surrender on this 2012 election being a referendum on Barack Obama but is now a “choice” between Obama and Romney, is to be ignored – if not applauded. The Romney campaign has to be made to answer for this strategic surrender not coddled and cooed as so many want to do. Why the strategic surrender?

AND WHAT ABOUT JOBS? WASN’T THE ROMNEY ARGUMENT THAT BARACK OBAMA WORRIED ABOUT HIS OWN JOB NOT THE JOBLESS????? Now Mitt Romney wants to talk about entitlements?????? What about jobs Mitt? Did the Bain attacks make you run away and think that distraction is going to keep the Obama mud slingers from going after you on JOBS? You can’t run away from this fight Mitt. Fight or get the hell out.

We have been proven correct on every point we made in our article full of rage. Notice the bit about Candy Crowley? In the debates later that year our observations in August were proven entirely correct.

We were also right in suggesting Marco Rubio as VP. Up to that point Rubio had not proven himself a liar with his Gang of Eight treachery on immigration. Up to that point Rubio could have helped Romney win Florida and the Latino vote. And that was our point entirely which is important today: it’s about the strategy.

Mitt Romney’s strategy and tactics were stupid. Romney praised Obama instead of denouncing him as a pit of lies and nastiness. Romney surrendered the “referendum on Obama” election and instead put the bull’s eye on himself and Paul Ryan’s stupid economic plans. Romney named Ryan to distract from his campaign woes. Romney did not understand the 2012 election was about JOBS. Romney did not understand anything. Romney’s biggest mistake in his choice of Paul Ryan was “why” he choose Paul Ryan.

Romney chose Paul Ryan because he thought he could win with a Great Lakes strategy. Romney thought Ryan could help him win states like Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Ohio. That was so stupid. Romney’s #1 problem was Florida and the Latino vote. Romney’s problem #2 was that the Great Lakes strategy would not work because voters in states like Michigan did not remember Romney’s dad was a former governor of that state and the selection of Paul Ryan did not help win anything, not even Paul Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin. Romney was a relic that did not understand the times.

WHAT ABOUT DONALD J. TRUMP’S CHOICE FOR VICE PRESIDENT???

Donald J. Trump only has to remember one thing and that is from the Harry Potter books. The famous wand maker and seller in those books about wizards and witches tells his young customers the same thing: “The wand chooses the wizard.” The same for wizard Donald J. Trump: THE STRATEGY CHOOSES THE VP!!!

If Donald Trump decides to try to win the Latino and women vote he can choose New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. We think that would be a mistake.

If Donald Trump decides to win the women’s vote with a VP choice, Governor Mary Fallin is a possibility. We think that would be a mistake.

Senator Joni Ernst is a woman that conceivably could help Donald Trump win the women’s vote. This is an interesting choice. We don’t think Ernst is the best candidate for Trump but strategically speaking it is not a bad idea. First Joni Ernst can remind voters, especially women voters what Hillary Clinton said, which at the time we wrote was one of the dumbest things Hillary Clinton ever said:

“I would also add, it’s not enough to be a woman. You have to be committed to expand rights and opportunities for all women,” Hillary Clinton said at a Wednesday campaign event for Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Bruce Braley, Joni Ernst’s opponent in Iowa.

Joni Ernst can also help win battleground Iowa for Trump. Senator Joni Ernst did not support Donald Trump in the Iowa primaries so she might even help to further cement party unity. Do we think Joni Ernst should be the VP for Trump? Nah, not really. She’s a good choice on a strategic level, the right wand, but we don’t think the personal chemistry is right. Trump himself has a better sense of that and if he feels personally comfortable with this smart choice… it would be a smart choice.

If Donald Trump decides he has a problem with party unity and wants a tough guy next to him then Newt Gingrich is a smart choice. We’re not the biggest fans of Gingrich for president but as a VP he has many strengths. Newt would destroy the #NeverTrump nuts. Newt would punch his good friend Ohio Governor John Kasich in the face too. Newt is a good talker and knows how to attack Big Media without fear. Newt would be a great choice… but only Trump knows what the personal chemistry and the message that would send.

Who on a strategic level makes sense but we think would be a disaster? John Kasich, Susana Martinez, any candidate that is not prepared to fight no-holds barred and attack the anti-Trump Big Media, would be a disaster.

Who do we think is the best VP for Donald Trump? Donald Trump’s best strategy is to win the rust belt states with the white working class vote. That’s the strategy. The strategy picks the VP.

Mike Pence fits the strategic bill although Trump is the only one who knows if the chemistry is right. Chris Christie does not fit the bill but his state is the northern neighbor to Pennsylvania and might be a help there. Lt. General Micheal Flynn? It’s a dangerous choice because he has little to no experience fighting political wars and he might be too Admiral Stockdale, the Perot VP disaster pick, when push comes to shove. Ben Carson? Nice guy, black, but we think too soft for the fight to come. Carly Fiorina? Yuck. She makes no sense on the personal or strategic level because the only thing she offers is that she is a woman and we doubt she will influence women on their vote one way or the other. Jeb Bush? Double yuck with nothing on top. Governor Fallin? Trump is going to win Oklahoma so we don’t see what strategic value she brings although she is a woman and that might be of some help. Ted Cruz? Trump is going to win Texas and we see no value in Ted Cruz other than to unify the party which Newt would do much better and with less trouble. An outsider? The peril with an outsider is lack of political speaking skills.

A Donald J. Trump supporter should trust Donald J. Trump’s choice for VP. Donald J. Trump is not Mitt Romney. Trump will not heap praise on Obama. Trump understands his issues such as illegal immigration and immigration and the impact on jobs for the working class. Trump will make this a referendum election on Obama politics and policies not pick a doofus like Paul Ryan and turn the election into a referendum on Paul Ryan.

Donald J. Trump will make his decision on his VP pick at a time of his choosing, to maximum impact, not as a way to avoid troubles like Mitt Romney did. Trump is doing a buildup to the GOP convention next Monday and has been careful not to compete with major events like the Dallas death of five cops, unlike Romney who tried to compete with the Olympics.

Donald J. Trump will make his decision either on a personal level like Bill Clinton did with Al Gore – two young men from southern states with vim and vigor – or on a purely strategic level like JFK did when he selected his hated enemy LBJ.

Donald J. Trump will select his VP and likely announce his choice at the end of the week. The choice might be a total surprise. What won’t be a surprise is that Trump will select someone from strength, not weakness, like Mitt Romney did.

Donald J. Trump will let the strategy pick the VP. Harry Potter would be proud.

July 8th, 2016

@RealDonaldTrump For Cops – #Hillary2016 Obama Third Term??? Obama Legacy Is Race-bait, Cop Hate, #Dallas Cop Assassinations, Muslim Terrorists

Update: Those mean cops saved lives without looking at skin color:



The men in blue surrounded the black woman and her son to keep her alive from the bullets of a black killer. Until decent black people decide to attack the criminal black savages who scream “racism” to protect themselves from prosecution those decent black people will never be safe and will not deserve to be safe.

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Hillary Clinton was scheduled to host a publicity stunt with drunk Joe Biden today in Scranton Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton prepared to once again side with the thugs and criminals of #BlackLivesMatter.

It’s not enough that Hillary Clinton campaigned with the irresponsible mother of that black thug Trayvon Martin. Today Hillary Clinton was set to attack the police and denounce two recent shootings of black men. Those black men were not targeted by the police because of their skin color, but like the Governor of Minnesota who immediately shouted “racism”, Hillary Clinton and drunk Joe Biden were going to chorus “racism” without the facts:

Following the killing of Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., Clinton released a statement expressing her support for a federal civil rights investigation into the incident and said, “something is profoundly wrong when so many Americans have reason to believe that our country doesn’t consider them as precious as others because of the color of their skin.”

And after the death of Castile – whose girlfriend live-streamed the incident on Facebook – Clinton tweeted that “Black Lives Matter.”

Without the facts Hillary Clinton shouted “racism”. Something is seriously sick with Hillary Clinton. A quick research of the facts that will emerge about the Castile shooting is that Philando Castile was a member of the gang of thugs, drug dealers, and killers, called the Crips. Castile was also an anti-gay scumbag as well as an anti-Semite who hated Jews. Can you research that Hillary?

A little more research and Hillary Clinton could have seen pictures of a man resembling Castile with a gun during a very recent robbery. It’s all very similar to that fat black thug that was brought to justice in Ferguson Missouri where #BlackLivesMatter was born in the lie of “hands up don’t shoot”.

Instead of denouncing Barack Obama’s attacks against what he calls “stupid” cops, Hillary Clinton joins Obama in his race-baiting hatred of cops and empowerment of thugs, killers, criminals.

Decent people trapped in poverty and crime ridden neighborhoods need the police. Hillary Clinton has not learned one thing from the Baltimore riots. If Hillary2016 and Hillary Clinton would do some research they will see that the victims are poor blacks trapped in neighborhoods with black thugs and scum that need to be wiped out. Instead, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama attack the police and the police then cannot protect the community of the decent blacks from the criminal scum blacks. Hillary Clinton has learned nothing from the Baltimore riots:

The number of uniformed officers in the mid-Atlantic city fell 6.1 percent last year and has shrunk by even more in the first half of this year, according to police data seen by Reuters and not previously reported.

The fall in 2015 was the biggest decline in police numbers among nine comparably-sized U.S. cities reviewed by Reuters. [snip]

Baltimore, a city of 622,000 people, has long been blighted by deep-seated poverty and drug crime in some neighborhoods. The city saw a 63 percent surge in homicides last year, with 344 people slain, though the number of killings has declined modestly this year, by 5 percent through July 2.

The city ended 2015 with 2,634 sworn officers on its police force, down from 2,805 a year earlier, according to Police Department data. From January to June 9, the force shrank by a further 6.8 percent to 2,445 officers, according to city records.

“We’re operating short-handed,” said Gene Ryan, president of the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police union, who called the climate since Gray’s death a “morale killer.”

Donald J. Trump has been an active supporter of the police. Trump’s support of the police is support for decent black citizens trapped in neighborhoods infested with black thugs, criminals, and killers. Trump said what needed to be said after the assassination of police in Dallas:

“Last night’s horrific execution-style shootings of 12 Dallas law enforcement officers – five of whom were killed and seven wounded – is an attack on our country. It is a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe.

We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street.

“The senseless, tragic deaths of two motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done.

“This morning I offer my thoughts and prayers for all of the victims’ families, and we pray for our brave police officers and first responders who risk their lives to protect us every single day.

“Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children.

“This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.”

Barack Obama on yet another jaunt through European capitals at taxpayer expense today declared that we should all wait for the facts. Obama never waits for the facts when there is trouble between blacks and the police however. Obama called the Cambridge police “stupid” when they did their job. Early Thursday, Barack Obama once again uttered the banality #BlackLivesMatter to declare that it is blacks under attack. After the assassination of two New York City police officers and the five assassinations in Dallas it is clear that it is the police, especially white police officers who are targeted based on skin color.

Hillary Clinton joins Barack in the nonsense of #BlackLivesMatter instead of telling Trayvon Martin’s mother that is was her abandonment of her son and her husband’s irresponsible parenting (giving Trayvon money and leaving him at home so that dad could go party with a girlfriend) that made Trayvon Martin’s thug life end. In order to get elected Hillary Clinton cavorts with the worst black people imaginable. Hillary cavorts with black scum like Congresswoman Corrine Brown who loots black people and black communities. When will Hillary Clinton denounce black scum like Democrat Corrine Brown?

Many idiots voted for Barack Obama based on the promise that Muslim thugs and terrorists would begin to love America, that black thugs and criminals would see HOPE and rebuild their lives. But race relations descend to the depths under Obama and Muslim terrorists are empowered. Yet Hillary Clinton wants to be the Obama third term?????

Today it will be very easy to separate the black scum from the decent black community. Decent black citizens will truly mourn the loss of their protectors. Black scum, like Barack Obama, will secretly (or openly) celebrate the death of “Blue lives”.

July 5th, 2016

Hillary Clinton Becomes O.J. Simpson As Comey FBI Skips And @RealDonaldTrump In NC Says #RiggedSystem

Withhold your judgment as the fireworks explode today. The opinion of most of our readers, Republicans and Democrats won’t matter. Our opinion on what happened today when F.B.I. Director James Comey announced he will not recommend charges be filed against Hillary Clinton in regards to her private server and emails won’t matter. The final judgment will come from the independent voters. Think O.J. Simpson.

O.J. Simpson… we don’t have to recall that sordid case in all its bloody details. The bottom line was that O.J. Simpson, currently in jail, escaped a guilty judgment in court but the public opinion was that it was O.J. Simpson that sliced his wife and Goldman. Unlike O.J. Simpson, for Hillary Clinton public opinion is everything. The opinion of independents will be paramount. The evidence from today puts us back in O.J. Simpson Brentwood:

FBI recommends no charges against Clinton in email probe

But Comey scolds Clinton and her aides for ‘extremely careless’ handling of highly classified information.

“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is information that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” Comey told reporters in Washington, D.C., noting that the probe has found that the former secretary of state used several different email servers and numerous devices during her time in office.

Even so, Comey added later, “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before deciding whether to bring charges.” [snip]

While the FBI’s recommendation not to bring charges removes a significant hurdle in the way of Clinton and her presidential campaign, the presumptive Democratic nominee is likely to continue facing questions about her use of private email until November and beyond.

Comey’s decision to pepper his remarks with an array of judgmental language directed at Clinton and her aides provided plenty of fodder for Republicans eager to drive home with voters the former secretary of state’s trustworthiness problem.

Still, Republicans quickly denounced the decision by Comey, who was appointed to his current role by President Barack Obama in 2013 and had been appointed to his prior roles by George W. Bush.

The system is rigged. General Petraeus got in trouble for far less. Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, making reference to the disgraced former CIA director who resigned in the wake of an extramarital affair with his biographer with whom he had shared classified information.

Trump reiterated his claims of a rigged system in a subsequent tweet. “FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem,” he wrote. [snip]

Some of the findings contradicted statements from Clinton’s camp, which has long sought to downplay the seriousness of the probe and of the classified information on Clinton’s private server.

Those “contradictions” are fodder for Trump2016:

Of the 30,000 emails Clinton turned over to the State Department in 2014, Comey announced that 110 emails in 52 separate chains had been determined to contain classified information “at the time they were sent or received,” contradicting Clinton’s claim that she neither sent nor received information that was deemed classified at the time. Of those, he continued, eight included “Top Secret” information, while 36 chains had “Secret” information at the time it was received, and eight contained “Confidential” information, the lowest level of classification.

“None of these emails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these emails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at departments and agencies of the U.S. government — or even with a commercial service like Gmail,” Comey said.

In addition to those emails, Comey continued, another 2,000 were “up-classified” to make them “Confidential” after they had already been sent.

“But even if information is not marked ‘classified’ in an email, participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it,” Comey said.

The battle for public opinion is on. We wonder what Martha Stewart is thinking today. We know what Rudy Giuliani believes:


FBI Director Comey will not recommend criminal charges in this case although he stated that in other cases with similar circumstances charges might be filed (“To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences.”) There might be civil charges. Today another firecracker exploded:

On the same day that the FBI announced that the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server is likely to conclude without any charges, a federal appeals court issued a ruling that could complicate and prolong a slew of ongoing civil lawsuits over access to the messages Clinton and her top aides traded on personal accounts.

In a decision Tuesday in a case not involving Clinton directly, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that messages contained in a personal email account can sometimes be considered government records subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. [snip]

At least one federal judge handling a FOIA suit focused on Clinton’s emails said last month he was watching to see how the D.C. Circuit ruled in the dispute involving Obama science adviser John Holdren and an account he kept on a server at the non-profit Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts. [snip]

While the opinions in the case make no mention of Clinton or her private server, it seems evident that all three appeals judges involved are aware of the obvious analogy.

“If a department head can deprive the citizens of their right to know what his department is up to by the simple expedient of maintaining his departmental emails on an account in another domain, that purpose is hardly served. It would make as much sense to say that the department head could deprive requestors of hard-copy documents by leaving them in a file at his daughter’s house and then claiming that they are under her control,” Judge David Sentelle wrote in an opinion joined by Judge Harry Edwards. [snip]

While it’s difficult to predict exactly how the appeals court’s decision will affect the ongoing Clinton-related FOIA litigation, the ruling seems likely to bolster efforts by conservative groups to press for more answers from Clinton, her aides and the State Department about how her private server system was set up, why it wasn’t searched in response to FOIA requests and how Clinton’s lawyers determined that about 32,000 messages in her account were purely personal.

The fight for public opinion will be a free fire zone for Donald J. Trump. At some point soon the FBI agents and prosecutors who wanted an indictment will begin to leak information. It won’t be pretty.

Donald J. Trump’s campaign message to Make America Great Again is premised in part on the idea that the system is rigged and protects the powerful. Donald Trump, fairly or unfairly, will use today’s Comey recommendation to appeal to public opinion and unite Republicans behind him. As we know from the recent Brexit fight in Merry Ol’ England the public is in a fury over the rigged system abroad and elections don’t go the way they were rigged. Here at home, the public is in a fury too as we have seen in 2010 and 2014 and most recently with the ascent of Donald Trump to the GOP nomination.

Bernie Sanders supporters might understand what Trump is talking about:

Sanders supporters melt down over FBI’s Clinton decision

(CNN)It’s not only Donald Trump and Republicans expressing their indignation at the FBI’s decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her handling of classified materials on a private email server.


The battle for public opinion is on. The evidence will flow:

FBI Says Hillary Clinton Claim on Reading Emails Was False

Her staff gave reporters information the FBI found to be untrue

The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email uncovered evidence that her spokesman gave reporters false information in 2015 about the process lawyers used to sort personal emails prior to deletion.

Clinton press secretary Nick Merrill previously told TIME that her attorneys had individually read every email to determine if it was a government document or personal correspondence. “Every one of the more than 60,000 emails were read. Period,” Merrill wrote in one email to a TIME reporter dated March 14, 2015.

The FBI concluded that this claim was false.

FBI Director Comey Obliterated These Hillary Talking Points:

Clinton talking point No. 1: Her emails were not classified [snip]

Clinton talking point No. 2: She returned all work-related emails [snip]

Clinton talking point No. 3: Classified emails were not “marked” classified [snip]

Clinton talking point No. 4: She took the security of her email system seriously [snip]

Clinton talking point No. 5: It was a “security review” rather than a criminal investigation [snip]

Clinton talking point No. 6: Her lawyers read through all of her emails

In the battle for public opinion Donald J. Trump can explode fireworks while Hillary2016 has a lot of ‘splaining to do:

It was good news for Clinton, but Comey’s statement was full of bad news, too. Clinton and her team “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” Comey said.

Here is what the FBI found:

She sent and received classified information [snip]

Some emails have been lost [snip]

Her email might have been hacked

Today, Hillary Clinton campaigned with Barack Obama in battleground North Carolina. Tonight (6:30 EDT), Donald J. Trump campaigns with firework oratory in North Carolina. The battle for public opinion is on.