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The Left's War Against
President Trump Continues


May 5, 2019 --

The cartoon showed a dachshund with the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a Star of David on the dog collar leading a blind President Donald J. Trump wearing a yarmulka. Bret Stephens, denounced the cartoon in his April 29 column, remarking that the message of the cartoon was: "in the current administration, the United States follows wherever Israel wants to go." Not so, indicated Stephens who added "there was nothing legitimate about this cartoon." Stephens went on to write: "The paper owes the Israeli prime minister an apology" and advised the Times to reflect how it came to publish (in the April 25 international edition) an anti-Semitic cartoon. Zeev Engelmayer, in the Israeli paper Haaretz, an anti-Netanyahu paper, did not regard the cartoon as anti-Semitic. He called it "a caustic image with a vicious tone, exactly what a political cartoon should be." Certainly the timing of this cartoon's "caustic" criticism of the U.S. and Israeli leaders was not good; three days later a 19-ear old gunman killed one woman and wounded three others in an anti-Semitic attack on a synagogue in Poway, California, some 25 miles north of San Diego.

LPR noted that while columnist Stephens thought Prime Minister Netanyahu was owed an apology, Stephens was silent as to what, if anything, the Times owed President Trump who, Monday, tweeted: "'The New York Times has apologized for the terrible Anti-Semitic Cartoon, but they haven't apologized to me for this or all of the Fake and Corrupt news they print on a daily basis.'" When it comes to covering, or commenting on, President Trump, the New York Times gives its readers propaganda, quite at odds with honoring their right to know the facts. Indeed, President Trump would be justified in calling The New York Times "the enemy of the people's right to know the truth."

The paper's lead editorial April 27, "Mr. Trump's Contempt for Congress," accused the president of "declaring war on congressional oversight" for resisting subpoenas sent by several Democrat chairmen of House committees on issues ranging from immigration policy to the president's tax returns. Not mentioned by the editorial was the subpoena sent to the president's accounting firm, Mazars USA LLP, from Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Rep. Jim Jordan, the Republican ranking member on this committee "strenuously objected" to this subpoena, calling it, in an April 15 letter to the chairman, "an unprecedented abuse of the Committee's subpoena authority" that targets and exposes "the private financial information of the President of the United States."

Lawyers for the president and several Trump entities brought a complaint in federal court against Chairman Cummings to quash his subpoena, accusing House Democrats of weaponizing their subpoena power, and seeking "to investigate every aspect of President Trump's personal finances, businesses, and even his family." The complaint, in part, asserted that the subpoena "has ignored the constitutional limits on Congress' power to investigate," pointing out that congressional investigations must have a '"legitimate legislative purpose.'"

Rep. Jordan also circulated a memorandum to the oversight committee's members objecting to the Chairman Cummings' subpoena to the accounting firm. What the ranking member wrote of Democrats applies equally to The New York Times. "The American people can now see that Democrats' pursuit of the truth is clouded by their obsession with attacking the President and the First Family." Rep. Jordan clearly implies that if war is being waged, it is by the Democrats, using the subpoena power to attack and undermine the Trump presidency.

As the complaint against Chairman Cummings noted, shortly after the 2018 election, Democrat leaders indicated "that they were going to spend the next two years launching a 'fusillade' of subpoenas in order to 'drown Trump with investigations, ' 'turn Trump's life upside down,' and 'make Trump's life a living hell.'"

According to a Washington Post story, November 7, 2018, the day after the mid-term elections that put Democrats in control of the House: "Washington plunged into political war on Wednesday in the wake of a split decision by voters in the midterm elections...." The anti-Trump slant was indicated in the article by comments like this one: "The acrimony was punctuated by Trump's bombast, as the president refused to show contrition or take responsibility for his party's washout in many suburban areas where voters who previously backed Republicans rejected the president's hard-line politics." For the left, President Trump must show contrition rather than defend himself against attack. For the left, Republican politics are "hard-line," -- further elaboration apparently is not thought necessary.

Publication of the Mueller Report has not marked the end of the war against the presidency of Donald J. Trump, but apparently the report will be cited by the left to justify its continuation. Cries from the left of "obstruction of justice" and "impeachment" fill the air. We will continue to hear President Trump denounced as "not fit to be president," as "dangerous" -- a threat to the "soul" of the nation, per Joe Biden. This is all deep state propaganda, originating from the clique that is horrified that we should finally have a president who is close to the ordinary people of our nation. The adage -- "This animal is dangerous; it defends itself when attacked" -- comes to mind. , President Trump is "dangerous" to his enemies because he defends himself when attacked.

Consider, for example, the August 2016 two-page, sharply anti-Trump, statement signed by 50 former national security officials who served Republican presidents. The signers, including former CIA director Michael Hayden and former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, asserted that, in terms of foreign policy, "Donald Trump is not qualified to be President and Commander-in- Chief." Declaring that "Mr. Trump lacks the character, values and experience to be President," as well as "lacking basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws, and U.S. institutions...," the statement concluded by predicting that candidate Trump " would be the most reckless President in American history." The assertion is as removed from reality now as it was when it was written. Just consider how well the economy is doing.

The current attacks on the president from House Democrats are no less off-the-mark than the August 2016 statement of the former national security officials. Mr. Trump, in defending himself against that statement, dismissed the signers as part of the "'failed Washington elite.'" As to the president's knowledge of our institutions, that will be tested, LPR believes, in the litigation challenging as illegitimate House Democrat subpoenas served on private Trump interests. Then too, forthcoming reports from the Justice Department's inspector general on the FBI's performance in Russiagate, and also the probe headed by Attorney General William Barr should shed additional light on the deep state's war on President Trump.


Red Line

President-Elect Volodymyr Zelensky

May 5, 2019 --

Ukraine's Central Election Commission, April 30, officially designated Volodymr Zelensky the winner of the presidential run-off, April 21, defeating incumbent President Petro Poroshenko with 73.22 percent of the vote, compared to Poroshenko's 24.55 percent. A remarkable achievement for this television personality who portrays a fictional Ukraine president in the series "Servant of the People." (The name of Zelensky's party is also "Servant of the People.") Taking note of his official designation as president-elect, Zelensksky quoted George Washington: "'Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience'", an d told Ukrainians, in part, "'I promise not to let you down.'" Zelensky will be Ukraine's first Jewish president.

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman is also Jewish and, as several sources have noted, Ukraine joins Israel in having both a Jewish president and prime minister. It has also been reported that Zelensky has opposed moves to ban Russians from entertaining in Ukraine. While "Servant of the People" is in Ukrainian, Zelensky's films have been in Russian. LPR senses that the president-elect will ease tensions with Russia and serve in Federalist No. 57 fashion, holding sympathy of sentiments and communion of interests with the people of Ukraine -- east as well as west.

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Democratic National Committee v. The Russian Federation, et al.

May 5, 2019 --

The Democratic National Committee has a civil complaint pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Russia, several Russian individuals and other defendants including the Trump Campaign, Donald J. Trump. Jr. ; Jared Kushner, Paul J. Manafort, Jr; Julian Assange; and Roger, J. Stone, Jr. The fourteen count complaint charges the defendants with, among other things, computer fraud and racketeering (economic espionage)

The complaint begins, "No one is above the law. In the run-up to the 2016 election, Russia mounted a brazen attack on American democracy. The opening salvo was a cyberattack on the DNC, carried out on American soil...."
In the next paragraph, the complaint alleges: "The Trump Campaign was a willing and active partner in Russia's efforts." The third paragraph alleges that "the Trump Campaign., Trump's closest advisors and Russian agents formed an agreement to secure Trump's grip on the Presidency through illegal means...." The thiry-fifth paragraph charges: "The illegal conspiracy inflicted profound damage upon the DNC.

Defendants undermined the DNC's ability to communicate the party's values and vision to the American electorate; sowed discord within the Democratic party at a time when party unity was essential to electoral success; and seriously compromised the DNC's internal and external communications."

Paragraph 70 declares: "The common purpose of the Defendants' conspiracy was to secure Trump's grip on the Presidency through illegal means." This paragraph adds that the defendants bolstered the Trump campaign, injured the DNC, and harmed Democratic chances in the election. Thereafter the defendants were said to have covered "up their collusion, with the aim "of keeping Trump in power through 2024." ( The text of the complaint can be found by googling "DNC Case 1:18-cv-03501-JGK".) John Batchelor, chatting on his radio show, April 30, with Professor Stephen F. Cohen, called the first volume of The Mueller Report (dealing with the collusion charge) "fiction." This term applies equally to the DNC's complaint. LPR believes the DNC complaint should be dismissed in light of the finding of The Mueller Report that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians.

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Red Line

Obviously Slanted

May 5, 2019 --

The Times, in its lead editorial, May 1, "A Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism," admitted that the political cartoon it published in its international edition, showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leading a blind President Donald J. Trump was "appalling," and "chosen...by a production editor who did not recognize its anti-Semitism." The editorial went on to call the cartoon "obviously bigoted," and said , "Jews face...greater hostility and danger in Europe, where the cartoon was created."

Noting that some members of Parliament left the Labour Party three months ago, accusing the party of institutional anti-Semitism, the Times acknowledged that "Muslim extremists" carried out terrorist attacks on Jews in France and Belgium.

The editorial confessed that the failure to confront anti-Semitism in the 1930's and 1940's "still haunts this newspaper." Still the Times could not resist a swipe and President Trump, asserting that he "has done too little to rouse the national conscience against [anti-Semitism]."

Falsely, the editorial asserted that the president "has practiced a politics of intolerance for diversity...." The accusation describes the approach of The Times to covering politics -- where diversity of political
opinion -- is not tolerated. LPR senses that The New York Times would not object to an impeachment proceeding against President Trump, maliciously accusing him of "obstruction of justice," that amounted to a show trial conducted by House Democrats, who seem to have an anti-Trump zeal that would even justify a bill of attainder against the president.


Red Line

Joe Biden and the Working Class

May 5, 2019 --

The Times reported, April 30, that the former vice president and long-time senator, opened his campaign in Pittsburgh "vowing to rebuild the country's middle class." The headline for the article said, however, "Biden, in First Speech as Candidate, Vows Blue Collar Revival." Perhaps Mr. Biden promises to restore the working class to middle class level? Mr. Biden chose Pittsburgh for his first campaign campaign because, he said, that if he is to defeat President Trump, "'it's going to happen here.'" But Charles Blow, in his April 29 Times column seemed annoyed at the emphasis paid to the "working class" on restoring Democrat presidential fortunes. Referring to working class voters who helped elect President Trump in 2016, Blow indicated that Democrats were misguided "to hold constant their support from women and minorities even as they chase the votes of people hostile to the interests of women and minorities.

The columnist indicated that Democrat leaders and Joe Biden will have to justify "their inordinate focus on white, working-class voters...."

Meanwhile, LPR wonders if any of the former vice president's 19 challengers will raise questions about his son Hunter's ties to Ukraine business interests, mentioned in the April 19 posting of LPR. So far, only Bernie Sanders was said to have issued a "veiled attack" on Mr. Biden, citing Sanders opposition to NAFTA, which, as senator ,Mr. Biden supported.

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May 5, 2019 --

The Real President Trump ...

The first Thursday in May is National Prayer Day. At a White House Rose Garden service, May 2, the speakers included Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of the Chabad synagogue in Poway, California. The rabbi lost a finger when he was shot by John T. Earnest in the synagogue, the last day of Passover, April 27. Referring, at the Rose Garden service, to a phone call from President Trump, Rabbi Goldstein said in part, as quoted by the Washington Examiner, "'I'd like to thank our dear honorable Mr. President for being, as they say in Yiddish, a mensch psr excellence....'" Rabbi Goldstein continued, "'Mr. President, when you called me I was at home weeping. You were the first person who began my healing. You heal people in their worst of times, and I'm so grateful for that.'" So far as LPR could tell, The New York Times did not cover the National Prayer Day Rose Garden event.

Why Democrats Oppose Attorney General William Barr ...

Kimberley Strassel wrote in her Wall Street Journal Column , May 3: "Democrats resent that Mr. Barr won't cower or apologize for doing his job." Mostly, she added, Democrats fear what Barr's probes will reveal about "the origins of the Trump-Russia probe." And so, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats smear the attorney general as a liar, and worse, because they "misused their positions" to target the Trump campaign. LPR believes the Clinton clique was convinced their foul deeds would remain covered up because Hillary Clinton would win the election and control the bureaucracy. Ms. Strassel indicates that this clique still hopes that the truth about Russiagate stays covered up "until Democrats can retake the White House in 2020." Reason enough to re-elect the president.

A Successful Smear Campaign ...

Stephen Moore wrote an op-ed piece, "My Brush With Personal Destruction," for The Wall Street Journal, May 3, on the reasons prompting him to withdraw as nominee. "What did mr in was not my economic ideas but gutter campaign tactics and personal assaults." Among the assaults was media publication of details of his divorce against the wishes of both Moore and his ex-wife, Moore pointed out. In its lead editorial on the Moore withdrawal, the editorial explained: "Mr. Moore's real sin was helping to fashion the tax reform that Mr. Trump adopted as a candidate and that passed in modified form in 2017." The editorial also pointed out that Moore's critics looked bad predicting the Mr. Trump's election would lead to a stock market crash and recessions. (The Associated Press reported on May 3 that the Labor Department showed "solid economic growth." IN April, 263,000 jobs were added to the work force, with unemployment falling to 3.6%, "a five decade low.") The Journal's editorial continued, "Mr. Moore also suffered because he doesn't bow to the conventions of the monetary policy club. The Fed is treated these days like a holy citadel that can't be challenged, yet few institutions have made more egregious mistakes in recent decades."


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