We do not yet know what President Donald Trump’s ‘calm before the storm’ means.
On Saturday, October 7, Alan Dershowitz told Fox News he thinks it has to do with North Korea and Iran. The day before, The Atlantic published an interview with Fox’s Bret Baier who said that it probably relates to upcoming indictments from the Mueller investigation.
This weekend marks the first anniversary of the release of the Billy Bush tapes, designed to make Trump lose the election. Bret Baier told The Atlantic he certainly did not foresee a Trump victory, and that only two people at Fox did — Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham:
Most people inside the Fox building believed that Hillary Clinton was going to pull it out. Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham really, truly believed that the country was in a different place. I used to say to Sean, “Really? You think that’s going to happen?” And then I took Uber like 22 times and the drivers were from every ethnicity, around the country. I said, “Listen, you don’t have to tell me, but if you want to tell me, who are you voting for?” And 21 out of 22 people said they were voting for Trump. Every ethnicity! And I said, “This is a moment, you know. This is something that we’re not seeing.” The media missed that.
Don’t we know it. People are angry with Trump for winning. They should be angry with Big Media for overly hyping Hillary Clinton at every turn.
Speaking of Hannity and Ingraham, their shows are now back to back at 9 and 10 p.m., respectively. Tucker Carlson comes on at 8, so Trump supporters can enjoy three hours of solid news and commentary every weekday.
Trump’s longtime personal security guard Keith Schiller, whose title was the White House Director of Oval Office Operations, left to resume a career in private security. Apparently, Trump was ‘crushed’ by Schiller’s resignation. He had been The Trump Organization’s Director of Security from 2004 until Trump’s inauguration.
Roger Stone told Alex Jones that Schiller was the last person Trump spoke to each night and the first person who saw him every morning. Stone says that General Kelly had a part to play in Schiller’s resignation:
“It can now be fully revealed that Schiller clashed with General Kelly over his own access to the president, that Kelly demanded Schiller could not see or communicate with the president without his prior express approval,” said Stone, adding that Schiller was also asked to file a written report to tell Kelly what was discussed.
“Ultimately, Kelly threatened to resign as the White House chief of staff if Schiller stayed and being the consummate professional, Schiller has withdrawn,” added Stone, warning that the president’s physical safety is now at risk with Schiller gone.
“The fact that he is leaving is extremely ominous,” said Stone, noting that Kelly’s mission is to cut off any pipeline of information to the president that he does not control.
Personally, I still do not trust General Kelly, but Trump seems to and said in an impromptu press conference this week that Kelly would be at the White House another seven years. (Sigh.)
Republican Senator Bob Corker (TN) will not be running for re-election in 2018, but he said that Generals Mattis and Kelly as well as Rex Tillerson are keeping the Trump ship afloat. IR.net reported:
“Tillerson, Mattis and Kelly work well together to make sure that the policies that we put forth around the world are sound and coherent, where other people within the administration, in my belief, are not,” Corker said. “I hope they stay because they’re valuable to the national security of our nation. They’re valuable to us putting forth good policies. They’re very valuable as it relates to our citizens feeling safe and secure, and I hope he’s [Tillerson’s] here for a long time.”
Me, too. Tillerson is doing a great job.
On September 26, Roger Stone testified before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed hearing. Legal Insurrection reported that Stone requested an open hearing, but the committee wanted it closed. The testimony was largely about communication between Stone and Guccifer 2.0. It still sounds like a big, fat nothing. His full statement is on his website, and the Legal Insurrection article has more news from other sources. Here is an excerpt:
I recognize that those who believe that there was collusion between the Trump camp and the Russian state, now say Stone, “MUST HAVE” been involved, but that is not based on one shred of evidence. This is nothing more than conjecture, supposition, projection, allegation, and coincidence, none of it proven by evidence or fact. I understand the Committee’s interest in me, I use all clauses of the 1st Amendment to achieve my goals, I am out there, I am provocative and partisan, but let’s be clear, I have no involvement in the alleged activities that are within the publicly stated scope of this Committee’s investigation – collusion with the Russian state to affect the outcome of the 2016 election. I have every right to express my views in the public square. I actively participate in matters of great public concern. I also believe, and you should too, my friend, Tucker Carlson, who said last week, ‘You should never accept, uncritically, the imprecise conclusions of ….the “intel community.’’
Earlier in September, Stone pointed out on his website that Senator John McCain (R-AZ) refuses to say where the $9m in donations to start his eponymous Institute for International Leadership came from:
What we do know, thanks to an investigation by The Daily Caller, is that the McCain Institute for International Leadership received a VERY GENEROUS donation from none other than George Soros.
The institute is intended to serve as a “legacy” for McCain. It “is dedicated to advancing human rights, dignity, democracy and freedom”. It is also a tax-exempt non-profit foundation with assets valued at $8.1 million and associated with Arizona State University.
John McCain turned over nearly $9 million in unspent funds from his failed 2008 presidential campaign to a new foundation bearing his name, the McCain Institute for International Leadership …
But McCain has very deliberately refused to release a list of donors and the dollar amounts they provided …
Two citizen journalists, the Resistance Chicks, have a video showing the connection between certain Republican senators and George Soros — all anti-Trump. Although the summary to the video below mentions three, they reveal several more in the video:
Senator[s] John McCain, Paul Ryan, and Marco Rubio all received generous funding from George Soros in 2016, and McCain’s financial association with the globalist billionaire dates back to at least 2001, according to a new report by OpenSecrets.org.
The timing of the Left — i.e. Democrats — turning on Harvey Weinstein this past week was interesting. I’m not sure what it means, but last month the Daily Wire had a summary of Democrat politicians involved in sex scandals, specifically with children. The good news is that — at long last — the mayor of Seattle stood down, but only after a fifth accusation against him, this one by a family member. Anthony Weiner must begin his 21-month sentence by early November, and Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) was on trial for sex with underage prostitutes. If these men were Republicans, they would be all over the news — all day, every day.
Much of Trump’s week revolved around the Mandalay Bay Massacre and the situation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. With regard to the latter, Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera — whom I remember well from his days as an investigative reporter in the early 1980s — is Trump’s biggest defender from fake news, especially that involving San Juan’s mayor and the false claim about a cholera outbreak on the island. He gave an excellent interview — also showing his time spent with the president and first lady on their October 3 visit — which I highly recommend watching. I also have a report on their visit to the island. As Geraldo noted, the death toll was 16 last week, compared to 100+x that for Katrina in 2005.
Earlier this year, I was hoping for an October Surprise, something useful and revelatory by the Department of Justice, involving paedophilia networks or the Clintons. Well, we still have a few more weeks, but I won’t be holding my breath waiting.
I really do hope Trump’s storm is more about deep-seated domestic, rather than foreign, matters.