I am writing this as a case study for the time when Jeff Sessions either stands down or is fired from his Attorney General post, which I think will happen this year.
Diehard Trump and Sessions fans say that not supporting Sleepy shows disloyalty to the American president. I strongly disagree and explained why in a lengthy post on my site last week about his recusals being more like refusals.
The same people said the same thing about HR McMaster. They were very wrong. I will be using these links on my blog to illustrate that where McMaster went Sessions is likely to follow. Furthermore, as much as I am loath to admit it, the media gave the public all the information, despite ‘unnamed sources’ that Sessions and McMaster fans so despise.
Before recapping HR McMaster’s long, hot August of 2017, I would like to mention that his father recently died in horrific undignified circumstances recently. HR McMaster Sr, a decorated US Army veteran, was in a home for the elderly in Philadelphia. He died there on April 13 after falling and hitting his head. The New York Post reported on May 10 that a nurse has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, neglect and falsifying documents. Philadelphia’s 6ABC has much more on the story, including photos of father and son. The report also includes a statement from HR’s sister, Letitia. Although I deeply oppose McMaster Jr’s politics, my thoughts are with him and his sister at what must be a most difficult time for them.
Now, back to the story. I inadvertently left out an item from May 2017 which discussed McMaster’s — and Dina Powell’s — leaks to the media. This came from what the national security adviser’s supporters would have called a clickbait site, GotNews.com. On May 17, they reported:
Two separate National Security Council sources have confirmed that National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell have been leaking negative material about President Donald J. Trump to their allies in the anti-Trump media, GotNews can exclusively report …
McMaster uses Powell to plant negative stories in the Washington, D.C. media, our sources tell us.
There’s more at the link, including some amazing allegations about Dina Powell — and Gary Cohn. Powell, incidentally, has since returned to Goldman Sachs, where she heads the firm’s Impact Investing business.
As a bit of a poke against critics, Gotnews.com ended the article with this:
Hmm. Maybe that’s why Gary Cohn got the sack.
On August 4, The Atlantic published ‘The Pro-Trump Media’s Assault Against H.R. McMaster’. The article speculated that General John Kelly’s appointment as the new chief of staff would be McMaster’s ‘powerful new ally’ — presumably because both men like order. The Atlantic provided a laundry list of McMaster’s conservative media opponents: Breitbart, The Daily Caller and Sinclair Media’s Circa. However, the main focus was on McMaster’s foe Mike Cernovich, about whom he actually held a town hall on July 21. McMaster also held a staff meeting about Cernovich:
According to two sources with direct knowledge of the meeting, McMaster also mentioned Cernovich at an NSC senior-directors meeting that day, which roughly 20 people attended. “He did bring it up and said, ‘This guy’s been targeting our people, he is posting personal information that has to have come from the inside,’” the source close to McMaster said. McMaster “really gets upset when he thinks people under his command, under his chain of command, are being unfairly attacked.”
Among his staff, there were concerns that people whom General Mike Flynn appointed would be dismissed:
The Free Beacon reported this week that such a list exists, but there is disagreement among my sources as to whether that’s the case. McMaster contacted the people rumored to be on it and assured them their jobs are safe, according to the source close to McMaster.
Even better, rumours were circulating that McMaster himself was in jeopardy:
Rumors that McMaster’s job is on the line have continued to make the rounds … Trump, who only fired Flynn when his position became untenable—and with whom McMaster has not had an easy relationship—reportedly mused about sending him to command the troops in Afghanistan.
Yet (emphasis mine):
… Trump issued a statement late Friday night praising McMaster: “General McMaster and I are working very well together. He is a good man and very pro-Israel. I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country.”
One source close to the White House said the “firestorm” had caused people in the White House to unite internally. “The attacks on [McMaster] have been over-the-top and people recognize that, at least inside,” the source said.
That same day, Cernovich continued to expose McMaster. Unfortunately, his Medium account is suspended and the NewRightNews site which had an archive of his pieces is now an ‘insecure connection’. For those reasons, I can provide only Cerno’s headlines:
Censored! McMaster Barred Scholar Ayaan Hirsi Ali from Giving Talk on Radical Islam at NSC
ADL Defames Mike Cernovich, Covers Up H.R. McMaster’s Anti-Semitism
On August 5, the Gateway Pundit reported that Roger Stone tweeted Trump never approved the aforementioned statement that he and McMaster were working well together and that the NSA was pro-Israel:
“McMaster must go – Statement of support put out by WH was never seen or approved by @realDonaldTrump,” tweeted Stone.
(Unfortunately, Twitter suspended Roger Stone some time ago, but I did see it at the time.)
Stone’s tweet got Gateway Pundit’s spidey senses going (emphasis in the original):
As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, President Trump defended McMaster using the same, vague and cryptic terms used to describe his feelings on Reince Priebus after he was fired. “He is a good man and very pro-Israel,” said President Trump. Priebus was called a ‘good man,’ as well.
Around this time, a YouTube contributor posted a video — ‘Trump Mafia explains why Trump hasn’t fired H.R. McMaster (yet?)’ —
explaining that Trump is fairly non-confrontational when it comes to staff issues.
Also on August 5, independent Trump-supporting journalist Jack Posobiec tweeted:
Scoop: A senior WH official called Matt Drudge on Wednesday and personally requested he not post any of the McMaster news this week
Julian Assange chimed in with a link to a Glenn Greenwald article:
What’s Worse: Trump’s Campaign Agenda or Empowering Generals and CIA Operatives to Subvert it?
The article included a tweet from Bill Kristol, the neverTrump head of the neo-cons:
The success or failure of the Bannon/alt-right/Russian assault on McMaster will be a key moment for the Trump Administration–& the country.
In retrospect, these disparate sources and quotes began to come together as pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that would end up as a tableau.
Meanwhile, Cernovich continued his relentless needling of McMaster here:
Read the full transcript of Rich Higgins’ interview. McMaster does not want you to see this! https://medium.com/@Cernovich/strategic-genius-rich-higgins-fired-by-mcmaster-for-calling-out-radical-islam-16c3fc7d35a …
Watch this genius interview with Rich Higgins about the Muslim brotherhood. This is who McMaster fired last week.
On August 6, I wrote a piece here about McMaster, which began:
Trump supporters are drawing battle lines over HR McMaster.
There are those who are pro-McMaster, unquestioning Trump loyalists who consider the US president a deity, and those, like myself, who are anti-McMaster and think the president is capable of making mistakes every once in a while.
There are dozens of reasons not to like or trust the man. Mike Cernovich has set up a website listing them.
The pro-McMaster people say that Cernovich is not a true Trump supporter and that President Donald Trump has full faith in the three-star general. Yet, McMaster has been sacking America First Trump loyalists and retaining globalists such as Dina Habib Powell.
Someone did an analysis of Twitter activity and the linked Cernovich website I mentioned — McMasterleaks.com. It was getting a lot of exposure and traffic, even if the primary tweeter was Cernovich himself. Stefan Molyneux was a distant second.
Cerno wasn’t through, either. On August 6, he reminded his Twitter followers of McMaster’s broad brush purge earlier in 2017, the subject of a Washington Post article by Josh Rogin:
Flashback! Purge of Trump people under McMaster began in April, credit to
@joshrogin for actually reporting this.
Top McMaster Ally Bill Kristol Plotting to Primary, Oust Trump: Must ‘Take One Shot’ at Removing POTUS
The article was alarming, to say the least. It began as follows:
Bill Kristol, a prominent “Never Trumper” and one of national security adviser H.R. McMaster’s fiercest defenders and allies, is reportedly scheming to primary or oust President Donald Trump so Republicans do not renominate him in 2020.
According to a New York Times report, Kristol “said he had begun informal conversations about creating a ‘Committee Not to Renominate the President.’”
The next Breitbart article — ‘Liberal Anti-Trump Media Group Goes All In For Embattled Gen. McMaster’ — also from August 6 — was even worse. Bill Kristol and David Brock’s Media Matters. Hmm. Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows:
Media Matters for America, the George Soros-funded progressive activist organization, is praising Trump’s National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, for terminating some members of President Donald Trump’s National Security Council, criticizing conservative media for questioning his loyalty to the president, and his decision to allow former NSA Susan Rice continued access to classified information.
“Media in support of President Donald Trump are calling for the ouster of Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, accusing him of being a ‘globalist’ ‘traitor’ who is ‘aligned with the enemies of Trump and America,’ ” Media Matters wrote on its website on Friday.
On August 7, Cerno retweeted a vintage 2016 Bill Kristol message:
To all Republican candidates: Throw Trump under the bus. It would be good for the party and country. And it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
Cerno reminded us:
That day, the Gateway Pundit went back to the aforementioned message that Drudge should not post any McMaster news. Before going into a list of McMaster sackings, the article clarified the Drudge issue. Roger Stone was at the heart of the scoop (emphasis in the original):
H.R. McMaster is under fire from conservative media outlets for purging ‘America First’ orientated officials and his anti-Israel bias. Former Trump campaigner manager and Infowars host Roger Stone tweeted Monday that Special Advisor to President Trump, Jared Kushner, asked Drudge Report founder, Matt Drudge, not to report negative coverage of H.R. McMaster.
“[I] misspoke @InfoWars when I said @StevenKBannon w asked @Drudge not to post McMaster free-pass for Susan Rice – It was Jared Kushner,” tweeted Stone.
I will stop here. There is plenty more August 2017 news to cover where HR McMaster is concerned. The heat intensified for him as the month progressed.
My apologies for not having replied to Pcar, who left an informed comment — as always — on my last post. The last two paragraphs read:
I feel sorry for Trump being subjected to this daily “torture”, but admire his tenacity & fortitude.
I hope he is frequently made aware of how many support his policies & aims world-wide. He’s Reagan & Thatcher combined, shame on UK that May & Bojo don’t support him – if they did great progress could be made to benefit all.
Thank you, Pcar, for supporting President Trump. I couldn’t agree with you more with regard to his being subjected to daily ‘torture’.
You mentioned Theresa May and Boris Johnson. We shall see what happens in July, provided Trump comes to our shores.