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An Assortment of Comments Concerning the Ongoing Anti-Trump Campaign


December 5, 2017 --

Trump Hate's Impact on Stock Market Predictions?

The New York Times, November 8, 20167 (Election Day) cited economic predictions of a stock market drop from 5 to 15 percent if Trump won the election, while there would be a slight gain of "2 percent" if Clinton won. According to Forbes, the S&P 500 has enjoyed an annualized return of about 15% since the Trump inaugural, last January 20.

How Unlikely Was the Trump Election?

Daniel Henninger, in his October 1, 2015 Wall Street Journal column, asserted "The Trump candidacy is pure base, and Mr. Trump has not built out from that base which topped out at about 30%.
Mr. Henninger added, "it is now clear that Mr., Trump is personally incapable of doing what is necessary to expand beyond his early burst of support." The column concluded: "When the primaries arrive early next year, the Trump vote will subdivide further among the other Republican tortoises. If he stays in, Donald Trump becomes another presidential also-ran. With ostentation suitable to his stature, Mr. Trump should retired to a skybox and enjoy what he has wrought."

LPR would note that Mr. Henninger, along with other columnists at the Wall Street Journal (if not all,) has not joined the Never Trump contingent of "conservative" columnists at leftist organs like The Washington Post and The New York Times. Note however that the Trump-hating Bret Stephens quit the Journal for The New York Times. It seems fair to wonder if a "conservative" could continue at The New York Times or The Washington Post, and not be a Never Trumper.

Trump Administration Settles What the Obama IRS wrought.

LPR learned by way of a William McGurn column in The Wall Street Journal, November 21, that the litigation brought against the Internal Revenue Service for wrongly denying tax exemptions to conservative political action groups had been settled, with a multimillion dollar settlement going to plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits.

LPR has learned that approvals have been granted to all the groups that continued to seek tax exemptions. The Wall Street Journal, in an April 10, 2014 editorial, pointed to evidence that the Lois Lerner, then IRS director of the exempt organizations divisions "used her position to single out conservative groups for scrutiny not applied to left-leaning groups." The editorial suggested that the intention was "to crack dfown on the political speech of Administration opponents." And most media organs claiming to be dedicated to the First Amendment? Silent.

And Mr. McGurn, in his November 21 column noted that Ms. Lerner is trying to keep under wraps her testimony in the tax exemption litigation? Could this observation in the Journal's April 10, 2014 editorial have anything to do with Ms. Lerner desire to keep her testimony secret?

There is "new evidence...showing that Ms. Lerner actively corresponded with liberal campaign finance groups Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center...to investigate...conservative groups including Crossroads GPS...."

An Ongoing Theme From the Left.

The New York Times front page, August 3, 2016, carried this headline above the fifth column: "Obama Urges/G.O.P. Leaders/To Snub Trump". The Times reported, in the lead sentence: "In an extraordinary denunciation of Donald J. Trump's temperament and competence, President Obama urged leaders of the Republican Party on Tuesday to withdraw their endorsements of Mr. Trump's candidacy, flatly calling him 'unfit to serve' as the nation's 45th president. LPR advises clicksters to keep in mind this suggestion from President Obama whenever you see news articles reporting, or calling on, Republican leaders to distance themselves from the president.

And from David Brooks in The New York Times

Mr. Brooks, in his April 29, 2016 column, "If Not Trump, What?" reported that he was surprised by Donadl Trump's success in the primaries, indicating that he needs to get closer to the grass roots. In his June 28, 2016 column, "Revolt of the Masses," Mr. Brooks referred to "older people" on the "working class" as "self-disciplined, respectable, and often, bigoted...." This was several months before Hillary Clinton referred to Trump voters as "deplorables." He went on to assert: "The less-educated masses have a different conception of the future, a vision that is more closed, collective, protective and segmented." Apparently, Mr. Brooks decided against getting to know the grass roots better, after all.

By the way.

When does the American people get to know the details of the use of surveillance to undermine the Trump presidential candidacy?



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The Establishment vs. Upstart Trump?

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The Timothy Egan attack on Patricia Smith, cited above, seemed particularly nasty. LPR is not aware that Mr. Egan was criticized for his comment. The other day, LPR dug out a November 4, 2002 Wall Street Journal column by the late Robert L. Bartley that described Democrats as "little more than a collection of narrrow interest groups--unions, tort lawyers, minorities headed by an ossified leadership. They are clever, tenacious and increasingly nasty in defending their perks, as establishments typically are when they're being displaced by upstarts."

Bartley ended the column by advising Republicans that because they "have an advantage in the war of ideas," they can win elections "if only they stop apologizing and take their own ideas on the offensive." As LPR sees it, President Trump is doing precisely what Mr. Bartley advised Republicans to do, fifteen years ago.

There a Times columnist goes, playing to the paper's leftist base

LPR has realized that it is exhausting to try and keeping track of the media attacks against President Trump. The anti-Trump column published in The New York Times, alone could fill a trunk with two months to go until the first anniversary of the Trump inaugural. Here, for example is a current Timothy Egan snipe at the president, in The New York Times, November 25, 2017: "Because Trump is so singularly coarse and vulgar, so ill informed and small-minded, he has made people see the better side of those they had long written off." Egan then cited George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, Why? For standing with the establishment against the upstart. Wrote Egan, "Both of these men have stood up against the anti-constitutional, zero-sum, resentment presidency of Trump...."

Egan went on to laud anti-Trump senators including Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, and anti-Trump "conservative" columnists like Jennifer Rubin. Egan ended his column asserting that "a majority of Americans, an increasingly bipartisan pool, are appalled at the monstrosity of Trump's presidency." For the Trump-haters, diffuse and vague smears are sufficient.

Here is another voice from the establishment

Thomas L. Friedman, in his New York Times column, October 12, 2016 wrote: "[i]t is particularly important that Trump be crushed at the polls to send the message inside the G.O.P. and out that someone of his poisonous ilk can never win in America, and to stop him and his loyalists of any argument that the election was rigged." Friedman added: "[W]e have to hope not only that Hillary Clinton wins the national election but also that Democrats retake at least the Senate. What is the establishment presently doing, if not looking for ways and means to convince the American people that, in fact, the election was rigged -- by the Russians -- or whatever assortment special counsel Robert Mueller can fashion to put an end to the Trump presidency.



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From the LPR Archives, August 5, 2016:
The Clinton negative campaign against President Trump continues

December 5, 2017 --

From the LPR Archives,
August 5, 2016:

The “unremittingly negative campaign” ahead

The Wall Street Journal, in its July 29 editorial, “Hope Without Change” commented that to defeat Donald J. Trump the “unpopularity” of Hillary Clinton “mean[s]… she will have to run an unremittingly negative campaign that disqualifies Mr. Trump as unfit for the Oval Office.” As the “unremittingly negative campaign” against Mr. Trump unfolds, Ms. Clinton certainly. as the Journal wrote in a July 6 editorial, will be “protected by a friendly media and political class.”

LPR would add that Ms. Clinton will be eagerly aided, as well by a media that. media will not shrink from tarring anyone who dares to criticize Ms. Clinton.. Timothy Egan, for example, in his New York Times column, July 23, mercilessly called Patricia Smith “grief-deranged” for speaking at the Republican National Convention, July 18, blaming Hillary Clinton for the death of her son, Sean, in Benghazi, September 11/12, 2012.


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LPR Photo Observations

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Lenox, after grooming at A Cut Above in Manhattan.
Lenox with his new toy, November 26.
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December 5, 2017 --

Trump Hate's Impact on Stock Market Predictions?

The New York Times, November 8, 20167 (Election Day) cited economic predictions of a stock market drop from 5 to 15 percent if Trump won the election, while there would be a slight gain of "2 percent" if Clinton won.

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