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10/18/2016

Trump Invites Obama’s Half Brother To Tomorrow’s Debate

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:00 pm

Troll level: weak. A distraught mother of a Benghazi victim will not be Donald Trump’s only surprise guest at tomorrow’s debate. He’s also bringing President Obama’s half-brother:

As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton prepare to spar during the third and final presidential debate, Trump has continued his tradition of inviting controversial guests.

As an attack on the sitting president, the campaign has invited the half-brother of President Barack Obama, Malik, to attend the debate as Trump’s guest, ABC News has confirmed. The news was first reported by the New York Post.

Malik Obama, a native Kenyan, has been an outspoken critic of Clinton and said that his support is with Trump.

So why is Obama’s half-brother an anti-Hillary figure? The New York Post provided some insight in this article from July:

Obama, 58, a longtime Democrat, said his “deep disappointment” in his brother Barack’s administration has led him to recently switch allegiance to “the party of Lincoln.”

The last straw, he said, came earlier this month when FBI Director James Comey recommended not prosecuting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private e-mail servers while secretary of state.

“She should have known better as the custodian of classified information,” said Obama.

Oh, okay. Gotcha. That makes sense. Anything else?

He’s also annoyed that Clinton and President Obama killed Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy, whom he called one of his best friends.

Malik Obama dedicated his 2012 biography of his late father to Khadafy and others who were “making this world a better place.”

That also seems like a perfectly sensible . . . wait, what?

I can understand someone saying it was a bad move to take out Khadafy because the power vacuum created an opportunity for terrorists to run wild. That happens to be my view. But the man Trump is inviting tomorrow went further and said: Khadafy is my best friend! He made the world a better place! As a reminder, Khadafy is generally thought to be behind the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. He was a genuine son-of-a-goat herder. And, to those paying attention, the presence of Malik Obama will remind people that Trump has flip-flopped on what was the right thing to do about Khadafy.

But I think even more people will squint in a confused fashion and ask: “What is Obama’s half-brother doing at the debate?” As a way to throw off Hillary, it seems pretty lame.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]

Witnesses: Trump Is Lying About Sexually Assaulting A People Magazine Writer

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:30 pm

In his characteristically Trumpy way, Donald Trump has denied sexually assaulting People Magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff, suggesting she is too ugly for him to have propositioned (“Look at her, I don’t think so.” Charming!). But today, People published the accounts of several witnesses who have corroborated Stoynoff’s story. Brace yourself for a shock: it looks like Donald Trump is almost certainly lying about this . . . just like he lies about, well, pretty much everything:

Marina Grasic, who has known Stoynoff for more than 25 years, says she got a call from her friend the day after the attack. Stoynoff detailed everything about the attack, from Trump pushing her against a wall to the business mogul showing up at her massage appointment the following day, she says.

According to Grasic, her longtime friend was embarrassed and even thought of Trump’s then-pregnant wife when deciding not to come forward about the encounter.

“Natasha was also struggling about not hurting pregnant Melania if the story came out,” Grasic says. “Beyond just the attack, she was horrified by the vulgar circumstances under which she was attacked and propositioned to have an affair. She was there in a professional capacity, writing an article about their happy marriage, and after the incident Trump acted like nothing happened.

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Stoynoff’s former journalism professor, Paul McLaughlin, says that the writer called him in tears looking for advice the very night of the harrowing encounter. However, he cautioned her to remain quiet in fear of how Trump may retaliate.

“She wasn’t sure what she should do,” McLaughlin recalls. “I advised her not to say anything, because I believed Trump would deny it and try to destroy her.”

“It was tough decision but in a he said/she said we believed she would lose,” the professor said in a tweet regarding the incident. “He seemed rather nasty at the time.”

And it goes on and on. Liz McNeil remembers Stoynoff saying Trump had “shoved her against a wall.” Mary Green relates that Stoynoff told her: “He took me to this other room, and when we stepped inside, he pushed me against a wall and stuck his tongue down my throat. Melania was upstairs and could have walked in at any time.”

There’s even a witness who disputes Melania Trump’s claim that she didn’t run into Stoynoff on Fifth Avenue afterwards.

It is true that none of these people witnessed the attack. So what? Unless these six people are all completely fabricating the same story, why would Natasha Stoynoff tell them about this 11 years ago, and remain silent about it until Trump ran for President? Not to sue him; the statute of limitations has surely run on a civil suit. Not to derail a presidential bid; nobody is saying Stoynoff had a crystal ball that could see 11 years into the future. No, the conclusion is clear: Trump is lying, and lying big. (Stoynoff says in the story that maybe Trump has assaulted so many women in this way that he just forgot this one. That strikes me as overly generous on her part, to a fault.)

Why does this matter? Because if Trump is lying, it’s relevant. And Trump is lying all the time. It’s particularly egregious now, because he is lying and smearing the women who are telling the truth.

When Bill Clinton did this, most Republicans attacked him for it. Some were doing so because they were partisan hacks — and those people are the scum defending Trump today. Some did so out of principle, and they condemn Trump today like they condemned Clinton.

Trump has killed the GOP’s chances of taking the White House this year. Don’t let him kill your intellectual honesty too.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]

O’Keefe Video Fallout: One Operative Fired, One Operative “Steps Down,” And The Foul Stench Of DNC Crap Lingers

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:14 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Because Hillary Clinton only hires the best, most ethical and classiest people, that I can promise you!:

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Last night we learned about James O’Keefe’s latest undercover video exposing the nefarious actions and collusion bewteen the DNC and Democratic operatives.

Today it was reported that one of the charming operatives seen in the videos, national field director for Americans United for Change, Scott Foval, was fired from the organization. Foval was seen in the first video discussing how the group uses the homeless and mentally ill:

We have mentally ill people who we pay to do s–t, make no mistake.

And this afternoon, top operative Bob Creamer suddenly “stepped down”. However, he warns us not to think for one second that these “unprofessional and careless hypothetical conversations” had anything to do with “his” decision:

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Kudos to CNN, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper for covering this story today.

Here is O’Keefe’s second video, which was released today. The focus is on voter fraud tactics. And it’s as eye-opening as Part I.

Ironically, in today’s video, Foval says this about Creamer:

I work with Bob Creamer one to one all the time. I’m the white hat, Democracy Partners is kind of a dark hat. I will probably end up being a partner there at some point, because our philosophy is actually the same.

Bob Creamer is diabolical and I love him for it.

Oh, what a fitting end (if only temporary) to two despicable and diabolical indvididuals.

In other news, which again demonstrates that Democrats never run out of filthy, vile crap to spew , Gwinnett County, Georgia found itself the unlucky recipient of their latest dump:

Authorities are investigating whether a Democratic Party campaign bus illegally dumped raw sewage in Gwinnett County Tuesday morning.

According to the police report, authorities were called to the O’Reilly Auto Parts on Grayson Highway after reports that an RV was dumping its sewage into a storm drain.

“I was like, ‘What the heck? Are you kidding me?’”

A store employee told police that he watched an RV affiliated with the Democratic National Committee stop in the turn lane of Grayson Highway in front of the store.

The employee says he watched someone get out of the RV and open the sewage drain. Raw sewage then spilled onto the roadway and into the storm drain.

“They pulled the bus up right here. They stopped right here at this storm drain,” said Mike Robins.

Robins snapped several photos of the bus that he shared with Channel 2 Action News.

“I was like, ‘What the heck? Are you kidding me?’” he said. “I couldn’t believe it.

What a bad few days for Democrats as they try to dig out of an unexpected and damning shit storm before tomorrow night’s debate.

–Dana

A Hillary Presidency Will Bring Us Four Years Of War . . . Between The Sexes

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:15 am

When Hillary Clinton is elected (it’s going to happen, Trumpers), brace yourself — because it will be time for a new “national conversation.” But this time, instead of race, the never-ending topic will be supposed inequality between the sexes. You hadn’t thought about it before — but now that you do, you know I’m right.

When Barack Obama was elected, starry-eyed leftists foretold a new era of harmony between the races. The more realistic among us knew that his election would likely exacerbate ill will between the races.

Part of this was the unavoidable by-product of electing the first black president. We always knew that any criticism of Obama would be attributed to racism. (And some of it was, which just made the accusation — which was usually wrong — easier to level at critics.)

But Obama made an inevitable situation worse. Whether it was blaming a police officer for perfectly understandable actions towards a grievance-mongering Harvard professor, or attending funerals of pistol-grabbing thugs while snubbing police officers killed in the line of duty, Obama knew how to take a bad situation and make it worse. We all knew this was coming . . . and it did, good and hard.

Well, guess what?

With the election of the First Woman President, we’re going to get the same thing, with a vengeance.

Every single criticism of Hillary will be called “sexism” by the collectivism crowd. We’ll hear absolutely endless repetitions of the bogus “pay gap” argument. Outlandish statistics about rape on and off campus will be repeated with a frequency that will make today’s shouting sound like a whisper by contrast.

And, of course, there to help us at all times will be the chest-beating Trumper types of the Internet (no, they’re not all going away after Trump’s defeat), doing their level best to confirm every idiot stereotype of the left.

Like I said: you know it’s coming.

I have an opening salvo for you, when you see one of these people coming. Ask them why 90% of the prison population in this country is male. If they try to say males commit more crimes, accuse them of sexism. While they’re sputtering, run the other way. As fast as you can.

If you employ this simple strategy, you may be able to get through the next four years. But I don’t guarantee it.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]

FBI Document Shocker: Hillary “Contemptuous” Towards Her Security Detail

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:30 am

I say “shocker” ironically, of course, because this is anything but shocking. Andrew Stiles at Heat Street dug up a nugget from yesterday’s FBI document dump, and it is not very flattering to Hillary Clinton:

Hillary Clinton was so abusive toward her diplomatic security staff that many quit or sought reassignment during her tenure as secretary of state, a former agent told FBI investigators, according to documents released Monday.

Clinton’s treatment of the diplomatic security agents assigned to protect her “was so contemptuous that many of them sought reassignment or employment elsewhere,” according to an FBI summary of its interview with the unnamed former security official.

The former agent described how protecting the secretary of state had long been viewed as “an honor and privilege reserved for senior agents,” according to the FBI summary, but that changed during Clinton tenure.

The agent told FBI investigators that by the end of Clinton’s time at the state department, the secretary’s security detail was “staffed largely with new agents because it was difficult to find senior agents willing to work for her.”

Here is a screenshot of the document:

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The document is page 45 of the document dump, if you’d like to see it in context.

Hillary Clinton: arrogant and contemptuous? That comes as a surprise to . . . precisely nobody.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]


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