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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Drain the whole damn swamp

Go big and build the wall or go home, Mr. President:
At the urging of longtime friends and outside advisers, most of whom he consults after dark, President Trump is considering a "huge reboot" that could take out everyone from Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon, to counsel Don McGahn and press secretary Sean Spicer, White House sources tell me.

Trump is also irritated with several Cabinet members, the sources said.

"He's frustrated, and angry at everyone," said one of the confidants.

The conversations intensified this week as the aftermath of the Comey firing pushed the White House from chaos into crisis. Trump's friends are telling him that many of his top aides don't know how to work with him, and point out that his approval ratings aren't rising, but the leaks are.

"The advice he's getting is to go big — that he has nothing to lose," the confidant said. "The question now is how big and how bold. I'm not sure he knows the answer to that yet."
I'm a little skeptical that there will be any major shakeup while there are still reasonable prospects for a war with North Korea. I'm also skeptical that the God-Emperor is going to get rid of Bannon or Sessions; he's never going to be able to drain the swamp or accomplish much with Establishment or pro-establishment types and I expect he is smart enough to realize that. And Spicer definitely has to go, as he's simply not quick-witted enough or tough enough to serve effectively as the Mouth of the God-Emperor.

What I believe is that the President has learned that taking the advice of the moderates is no recipe for success, but rather, one for slowdown and failure. I could be wrong, of course, if there is a big shakeup, the nature of it will tell us a lot about the Trump presidency and its prospects for success. The report from Infowars is considerably more encouraging in that regard:
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus could also be on the chopping block as President Trump begins a purge of moderate advisers whom he feels have performed poorly when it comes to investigating the source of leaks that have proved embarrassing for the administration. Having been guided by moderate advisers for the last 6 weeks, Trump tried working with the Washington establishment but has come to the realization that they do not want to compromise on any issue, don’t care about the country, and are merely concerned with blocking his policy agenda.
On the one hand, the God-Emperor can hardly be surprised that listening to establishment moderates has preventing him from making much headway while still putting him in the line of fire anyhow. It's a little disappointing that he needed to discover that for himself, but then, he now has an excellent justification for continuing to disregard the moderates moving forward. And you may recall that I predicted there would be considerably more turnover in the Trump administration than in the average presidential administration. The God-Emperor has never been prone to tolerating failure and this is not the time to begin doing so.

Never forget that no matter how powerful a man may be, he, too, is subject to the great waves of history and social mood. And his success will largely be dependent upon whether he rides them or fights them.

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85 Comments:

Anonymous Mr Hyde May 14, 2017 10:05 AM  

Whether he is the man against time...

Blogger Lazarus May 14, 2017 10:09 AM  

Trump is also irritated with several Cabinet members, the sources said.

Did not Trump himself say that when the phrase "sources say" appears it means the journalist is making stuff up?

Blogger RE May 14, 2017 10:12 AM  

Send Jared to run some "Micky Mouse Casino"

Blogger Timmy3 May 14, 2017 10:28 AM  

That budget deal is a horrible miscalculation and rollover that it shows Republicans have no fight in them or they agree with the Democrats. Trump needs better fighters in his administration.

Anonymous Fran May 14, 2017 10:35 AM  

They can't say he didn't give them a chance now. This is going to get interesting.

Anonymous BBGKB May 14, 2017 10:42 AM  

I still think offering a blanket pardon for anyone who kills an illegal alien drunk driver who has killed an American, drug dealers, or has MS-13 facial tattoos would fix most problems overnight

After the PULSE shooting a brown dyke activist was interviewed seen on GayCation Orlando were she respected the afghani moslem shooter of 102 brown gheys but spewed vitriol at the hospital that saved the majority of their lives despite cops not going in for 3 hours. Even worse is looking at the clip with the sound off. This is why every 3rd world leader is a strongman tyrant it’s what 3rdworlders respect. At your feet or at your throat.

Blogger Orville May 14, 2017 11:11 AM  

I'm betting that firing Comey breaks the log jam. If Congress should continue to hold up his appointees and replacements, he should go on extreme offense and take his beef with Congress directly to the people.

However the new staff is coming in should definitely not be politicians unless they are balls to the wall supporters of his core vision.

Blogger Orville May 14, 2017 11:13 AM  

I've been seeing rumors and reports that Trump wants to streamline the Executive branch. The first step to doing that is to gut the insiders.

Anonymous Looking Glass May 14, 2017 11:17 AM  

John Miller is A/B testing again. Trump wants all of his people on their toes, always. I wouldn't expect him to flip any Cabinet-level positions until next year, as he gives people a chance to do what they agreed to do. It's up to them to perform.

Though there seems to be a pretty clear circle of "safer" positions, mostly as on the Economic side of things. DeVos is going to be brutally hounded the entire time she's there, mostly because losing control of the Education Establishment is key for them. If she does resign, he needs to find someone far, far nastier to put in there.

The key thing to watch for is after the Budget is settled in Fall. At that point, Trump probably starts campaigning for Primary opponents of Republicans. He is going to need to inflict some costs on some Swamp Creatures. He's also probably going to actively support non-GOPe primary candidates.

Blogger Mocheirge May 14, 2017 11:29 AM  

My rule of thumb: any article that claims Bannon is getting cut is merely wishful projection by the author. If the source of the claim truly is from the WH, then it's most likely a troll looking to collect some liberal tears.

Blogger Salt May 14, 2017 11:36 AM  

Vox, from an historical perspective and the current predicament, which do the odds state shall be required. Trumpian (civic?) Nationalist or an Ultra?

The God-Emperor has never been prone to tolerating failure

I wonder if Trump has it in him to just say screw it, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead, and go for broke.

Blogger VD May 14, 2017 11:38 AM  

It's highly unlikely that Trump will succeed. But he might help keep things from getting worse. An ultra-nationalist is almost certainly required, but cannot get elected pre-collapse.

Anonymous Ringo Palate May 14, 2017 11:40 AM  

"Furthermore, why in the world should the GOP get on board with the entire Trump agenda? Congress is there to check and balance"

The House game him healthcare, they are about to give him Tax Reform.

Anonymous Ringo Palate May 14, 2017 11:42 AM  

"I wonder if Trump has it in him to just say screw it, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead, and go for broke."

I have friends who think this is what's necessary. But they only strategy they can come up with is Trump defying the constitution. That ain't gonna happen.

Blogger maniacprovost May 14, 2017 11:50 AM  

What, for example, would be the evidence that Trump, but not others, care about the country?

Terrible example. There is copious public evidence that some prominent congressmen don't care about the country. Maybe it's their 3rd or 4th priority.

In terms of numbers, there are also a lot of people... let's call them Globalists, although it's not a perfect fit... a lot of people who are just looking at issues from a perspective that doesn't put the country first. Take WSJ Republicans. They're 99% right. Free Trade is theoretically good. Benighted 3rd world hell holes would be better off adopting classical liberal values. Maybe education and prosperity would reduce radicalization. But because of their perspective, they are not biased in favor of the United States. They are biased in favor of these theoretical constructs. So they care about America... but for practical purposes they do more for the UN.

Of course some are like John McCain... completely wrongheaded assholes who do care about America but are just completely wrong in theory, substance, strategy, tactics, and ethics.

Blogger Elocutioner May 14, 2017 11:50 AM  

"Among the cross-currents:
-His friend Wilbur Ross at Commerce this week took what was perceived as a victory lap on a China trade announcement that does little new in actuality.
-Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a big announcement about increasing prison sentences, at the same time that Jared is working on criminal-justice reform.
-HHS Secretary Tom Price shares the blame for the glacial pace of health-care legislation."

Establishment wish list. Trade, immigration, health care - these are the three things the uniparty does NOT want changed because the status quo benefits their globalist corporate owners. Both sides of the establishment are trying to block these and some of it will require legislation, so we may have to wait until after the midterms.

It's still round one and Trump is feeling out his opponents. He has demonstrated far better instincts in the high level arena of cut throat competition than any of us have, so have some faith and ignore the gnats who barely understand checkers.

Blogger Lovekraft May 14, 2017 11:51 AM  

From my admittedly-limited perspective, the alt-right is holding firm and only advance minor criticisms. Laudable as fickleness and surrender isn't something we're comfortable with.

I am certain that the next two, five, ten years are mapped out by some extremely clever and insightful political theorists and this includes bumps, setbacks, defeats.

The long-game requires luring the progressives into false hubris, undoing massive government over-regulation, shifting perception away from cultural marxism as the standard.

Blogger Cluebat Vanexodar May 14, 2017 11:52 AM  

Draining the swamp will take time and effort. I believe He has a master plan.

I believe that his Comey tape tweet was a tactic to flush out Comey supporters in the bureau. Supporters who will attempt to subvert the people's will, and who are actually not public servants, but partisan actors.

Blogger Salt May 14, 2017 11:57 AM  

Ringo Palate wrote:But they only strategy they can come up with is Trump defying the constitution.

What's the Constitution worth post-collapse? Trump could declare war on Deep State, use the War Powers Act. If the best Trump can do as a civic nationalist is keep things from getting worse, the patient is still dying. Just going to take longer. I wonder if Trump sees the other side.

Anonymous Canada Is Cucked May 14, 2017 11:58 AM  

Just like how Bush had a master plan?

Blogger Cail Corishev May 14, 2017 12:03 PM  

"pushed the White House from chaos into crisis."

This one looks like the same narrative-building wishful thinking we've seen since the campaign. For a campaign/administration that's constantly in crisis, it sure keeps getting things done. In reality, the last couple weeks have been so successful that the defeatists have gone almost entirely silent. And the Comey firing -- his biggest power move yet -- wasn't leaked, so how are leaks increasing again?

That doesn't mean he's not considering some firings, or that he shouldn't be. He might have even told a room full of people, "I ought to just fire everyone and start over," to try to light a fire under people, or just to blow off some steam. But I'm guessing it was a big leap for "sources" to get from something like that to "He's about to get rid of Bannon (again) (some more)!!!"

Blogger Lovekraft May 14, 2017 12:06 PM  

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Blogger Lovekraft May 14, 2017 12:08 PM  

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/05/draft-presidents-trump-vs-obama-first-4-month-comparison/

If the media, globalists, universities and legions of marxists didn't provide cover for Obama, there would be impeachment of the community activist cum president of the free world.

Blogger Cluebat Vanexodar May 14, 2017 12:09 PM  

The GE is familiar with Matthew 6:24 and was basically asking Comey who his master is. Not asking for loyalty to himself.

I think he not only predicted this situation, but orchestrated it. He should never let it be known that he is playing them. Let them continue to underestimate him.

Blogger Johnny May 14, 2017 12:11 PM  

I am guessing Trump failed to anticipate how much ideology drives Washington and expected the other side to be more practical and outcome oriented than they are. And so now he has to decide, does he reduce how much he hopes to change things or get into a real cat fight.

Now as for what he should do, easy for us to say he should slug it out. On a personal level we got no skin in the game.

Blogger ZhukovG May 14, 2017 12:20 PM  

While we should be mindful of the GE's actions, and do what we can to encourage him to make the right decisions, we should not let his actions cause too much concern. He is no more a messiah than his predecessor in office was.

It is the Alt-Right that has hold of the reins of history. The beauty of this being that each of us has the ability, to lesser or greater degree, to guide the Alt-Right to victory. Each day we can do a little something to bring this about. We don't need the GE to do it for us.

Deo Vindice. Ave Imperator Trump.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener May 14, 2017 12:21 PM  

The theme about "rising leaks" is just the latest fake news attack against Trump. Almost all of these supposed leaks are vague and unverifiable, probably wholly fabricated by lefty hack journalists. Unless Trump or Sessions confirms a specific leak then it's more accurate to assume that it's just noise.

Anonymous Steve May 14, 2017 12:24 PM  

Cail Corishev - I have it on good authority that Trump knows he will never get the delegates to beat Ted Cruz and this is all just a stunt to sell his steaks.

Anonymous Looking Glass May 14, 2017 12:27 PM  

With the Left's current descent into insanity, Trump really only has to force the AG's office to enforce on the Laws on the Swamp Creatures. They're all dirty as Hell, so if the laws actually start affecting the "big guys", things will change rapidly.

One thing Trump will have going for himself is that, as he implements even small parts of his agenda, it changes the calculus of a lot of actors. There's a LOT of money & power to be made at the cost of the Globalists. A lot. Once certain factions figure this out, that's when it gets really interesting.

You'll be amazed what some properly placed Honey Pots and Heart Attacks will do among the elite business class. All Trump has to do is convince the Vultures to feast on each other. A few well-placed SEC, FTC or FCC investigations will do the trick.

Anonymous Ain May 14, 2017 12:30 PM  

Did not Trump himself say that when the phrase "sources say" appears it means the journalist is making stuff up?

That's a moot point if the journalist has actual insider information.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener May 14, 2017 12:31 PM  

@29 There's a LOT of money & power to be made at the cost of the Globalists.

Would you mind elaborating on this?

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener May 14, 2017 12:34 PM  

A few well-placed SEC, FTC or FCC investigations will do the trick.

I was thinking this the other day too. There's a strong argument that publicly held media corps refusing to run Trump commercials aren't performing their fiduciary duty to shareholders.

Blogger Scott Birch May 14, 2017 12:40 PM  

VOX this us gold PLEASE have a look https://www.opendemocracy.net/digitaliberties/chenchen-zhang/curious-rise-of-white-left-as-chinese-internet-insult

Anonymous Looking Glass May 14, 2017 12:46 PM  

@31 Noah B The Savage Gardener

Firstly, Axios is Fake News. New, but well-funded fake news.

https://www.axios.com/sp/about/

Scroll all the way down. It's a Who's Who of corporations that aren't Trump friendly.


As for the Trillions of Dollars at stake, Sundance at CTH goes over the details more, but the "big picture" is that Wall Street has separate the economy into two spheres. Main Street & Wall Street. They now fleece Main Street to make money. Goods are imported to the USA and all of the profit actually flows to Wall Street's hands. The profit from manufacturing, directly, stays in the home country of the manufacturer.

The calculation changes when all of that productions is Inside the States. It means the Wall Street Middle-man is cut out. That's 100s of Billions a year moving around that comes at the cost of the Core Economy. The would-be Industrialist is now given the opportunity to make an empire within the States, not playing to the Globalist tune. Few of the Globalists are there because of ideology; they're there for the Power, Control & Money. Trump can simply change the assumptions, start a War among them and then reap the benefit.

All he really needs to do is start over-turning some rocks. That'll kick off the feeding frenzy. And, who knows, maybe someone will dump all of the Financial transactions of the BIS to Wikileaks. Trump has massive leverage because he only needs to protect the blue-collar worker in Michigan. He doesn't need to defend a global network of financial interests.

Blogger Lazarus May 14, 2017 12:48 PM  

Ain wrote:Did not Trump himself say that when the phrase "sources say" appears it means the journalist is making stuff up?

That's a moot point if the journalist has actual insider information.


And how are we to know this?

Blogger bosscauser May 14, 2017 12:49 PM  

Gossip...

Gab.ai/GaryCauser

Blogger Cail Corishev May 14, 2017 12:50 PM  

That's a moot point if the journalist has actual insider information.

That's not what "moot point" means. Also, "actual insiders" can lie almost as well as journalists. Also also, if one of these claims by "sources" about things like Trump firing someone turns out to be true one of these days, we'll find out soon enough when it actually, you know, happens, so it costs us nothing to ignore the "sources" in the meantime.

Blogger VD May 14, 2017 12:51 PM  

I am guessing Trump failed to anticipate how much ideology drives Washington and expected the other side to be more practical and outcome oriented than they are. And so now he has to decide, does he reduce how much he hopes to change things or get into a real cat fight.

I tend to agree. It's just like warning people about SJWs. They never believe you, or assume that it must be at least partly your fault, until they experience an SJW attack for themselves.

Trump almost certainly assumed, not without reason, that Bush and the other Republicans were just not as good at negotiating as he is. Now he's learning that you can't negotiate with uncompromising enemies.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener May 14, 2017 12:55 PM  

@34 Thanks Looking Glass. If Trump could figure out a way to help domestic industries while diminishing the parasitic influence of Wall Street I don't think he'd hesitate to do it.

Blogger Baldwin IV May 14, 2017 12:56 PM  

@25
I think Trump would actually do well slugging it out, he's a fighter and as long as he keeps his base loyal by fulfilling campaign promises, he'll be able to do well. I may be wrong but Trump has already fought the entire establishment before and won, now he has the office of the presidency.

Anonymous Looking Glass May 14, 2017 1:00 PM  

@38 VD

I think Trump was well-prepared for most things except just how actually committed the UniParty members are. He's used to Politicians being vile, thin-skinned & pathetic. But there's one thing when he's upsetting their applecart; it's wholly another thing when they won't even take a good deal for themselves. These people are actually quite ideologically committed, but they're committed to an ideology that doesn't work.

That's why the first round of the HealthCare went the way it did. It didn't make any sense what Trump did until you come to the realization that he figured out no one in Washington was going to "deal". He needed leverage, so a loss on the first round moves things forward. It's also why he'll get something done to at least get rid of the Penalty. Parts of ObamaCare won't be dying, but he can slaughter most of it.

Also, give the G-E credit. The Western Press spent 3 whole days trying to start WW3. Trump dropped some Tomahawks for after-dinner entertainment for the Chinese Premiere. The man has balls of graphene and the Will to back it up.

Anonymous Looking Glass May 14, 2017 1:06 PM  

@39 Noah B The Savage Gardener

Once they crash the Stock Market, it'll actually help Trump. The economies are so separated now that the Fed jacking up interest rates would all but ensure Trump's re-election. (Low-interest rates cause their own dislocations to the economy.) It's a deep & complex topic, but pretty much every lever they'd normally attack Trump with works in his favor.

It also helps that Trump has every intention of de-escalating all of the conflicts the USA is involved in. Not that his National Security staff doesn't want to start a stupid ground war. (Cernovich is clearing being fed information to keep McMaster's honest. He's probably the first to go if Trump needs to clean house.)

Blogger cavalier973 May 14, 2017 1:07 PM  

Frickin' A. If there are no named sources, then there is no story. It is all ephemeral vomit roiling in the fevered minds of the media until I hear a freaking name.

As in, "Sean Spicer says that Donald Trump wears a tutu in the oval office, you just can't see it while he's sitting behind the desk.

"Sources say" really means "let me see if I can get you to believe my portfolio of nonsense."

Anonymous Brick Hardslab May 14, 2017 1:12 PM  

Two or three things at work. First is that news is no longer news. It is to push or pull events in certain directions. If there are people who are pushing a narrative it might be entirely manufactured but desired by the news people or group leaking.

Behind the scenes crap like that can have it's own momentum. We saw that with Colbert's idiocracy moment he thought he was going to get a gasp and instead his audience applauded. He had to massage them back to the left's narrative.

Second is that leaks are leak for a reason by specific people. Deep throat wasn't some upright honest man offended by Republicans trying to bust a Dem honeypot, it was the number two at FBI pissed because he was passed over when J Edgar died. There's always a selfish motive to these leaks even when they are real.

Third, you have to look at it through the lens of the narrative, what are they trying to achieve, who is the enemy, who stands to gain?

Trump should ignore the fake news just like he did from day one. If he listened to any of them from Colbert to Cooper he'd have quit before he announced his candidacy and went back to making the Apprentice. Everything the MSM the fake news throws out there is to further their aims. None of it is 'news' in the sense of events happening now. It is all how can we frame this to show what we're looking for.

Blogger Robert What? May 14, 2017 1:19 PM  

Trump is surrounded by enemies, cucks and traitors. Many of them brought in (or left in) by Trump himself

Blogger Cataline Sergius May 14, 2017 1:20 PM  


Trump almost certainly assumed, not without reason, that Bush and the other Republicans were just not as good at negotiating as he is. Now he's learning that you can't negotiate with uncompromising enemies.


We are entering the terminal stage of the American Republic's life. The legislative branch will soon be too ossified to function at all.

At that point the presidency will have function as a dictatorship, if the government is too function at all.

Blogger RM Chris May 14, 2017 1:35 PM  

Bull.

The House passed a general bill, that's it.

When the House & Senate actually pass something worthwhile & send it to the WH, you can claim they "gave him health care."

Anonymous Bz May 14, 2017 1:39 PM  

Yes, the "white left" article mentioned above was well worth reading.

Anonymous BBGKb May 14, 2017 1:46 PM  

But they only strategy they can come up with is Trump defying the constitution. That ain't gonna happen

He could at least defy the constitution as much as Obama did as reparations. The left getting to keep its goodies it got from defying it while a peon gets a slap on the wrist while the right behaves is why we are here. TRUMP should say "for ever conservative the IRS audited under Obama we are going are going to audit a shitlib to balance it out"

Anonymous Panzer Man May 14, 2017 1:47 PM  

I sure hope he takes off the kid gloves and starts kicking bubblegum, or whatever.

The mood of some of the people at least:
https://twitter.com/ABangingChad/status/863564506429083650

There's your mandate for the Wall in a nutshell, Mr. President.

Blogger Bambino May 14, 2017 1:56 PM  

Trump needs stability in his administration more than anything else. This lack on consistency and constant infighting is starting to really take it's toll.

Blogger Quilp May 14, 2017 2:22 PM  

I never understood the Spicer pick. He reminds me of Robert Gibbs. Trump can, and hopefully will, be as unconventional as he wants behind the scenes. To the Press, and the world, he needs an authoritative voice that is going to lay down the law, and that's that. Spicer is not that person.

Anonymous David-093 May 14, 2017 2:27 PM  

Trump gave them their chance and they proved absolutely unwilling to do anything for the benefit of the American people. Hopefully now he takes the gloves off and becomes the fascist the Left fears he is.

Blogger James Dixon May 14, 2017 2:38 PM  

> It's highly unlikely that Trump will succeed. But he might help keep things from getting worse.

Yep, and if he does nothing, just think what Hillary would have done and breath a sigh of relief.

> The key thing to watch for is after the Budget is settled in Fall.

I'd say the key thing to watch is *IF* the budget is settled this fall. If Congress refuses to give him funding for the wall, all bets are off.

> That's a moot point if the journalist has actual insider information.

Everyone in the Trump administration knows that the press is their enemy. Who's going to be giving them any useful information? The janitor?

Blogger Charles Martel May 14, 2017 2:53 PM  

Jews don't like Bannon--he's toast.

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club May 14, 2017 3:18 PM  

"The key thing to watch for is after the budget is settled in Fall."

Considering the current brilliant 0-for-10 streak on passing budgets they're riding, there's unlikely to be any fiscal clarity anytime soon. Maybe Trump could ask Grandma Yellen for some of that $400 billion in "Other" assets the Fed is sitting on?

"Spicer definitely has to go"

Trump does plenty of his own talking. He needs to add another in the long line of Pres spox that talk and talk and talk without saying anything substantial, in a non-actionable, lawyerly way.

Blogger RobM May 14, 2017 3:25 PM  

I may be biased and hearing what I want to hear, BUT.. highly recommend Trump's speech at Liberty U commencement on Saturday. 30 minutes with humor and insight and some boilerplate. But there were some good nuggets in there about never settling to swim with the current and it's easy and pathetic to be a critic, etc. I think his mind is right and he has a plan to ruin the game in DC AND he knows his time is short and there's much to do.

Blogger Billy Ray May 14, 2017 3:34 PM  

you mean donnie the hairdo is turning out to be the incompetent cuck that so many said he was during the primary? say it ain't so.... oh right, he was going to build a wall or something

Blogger Billy Ray May 14, 2017 3:36 PM  

keep dreaming folks cause he will NEVER fire his idiot daughter or her moron left wing hubby so it is CUCKville until he loses in 2020. and at the rate he is going - HE WILL LOSE

Blogger Billy Ray May 14, 2017 3:38 PM  

this is why 70 percent of republicans consistently voted against this guy in the primaries, but you trumpeteers didn't want to listen oh right he was going to build a wall

Blogger RobM May 14, 2017 3:39 PM  

@52 "I never understood the Spicer pick. He reminds me of Robert Gibbs."

I see it as ... whoever was the initial press secretary was going to be destroyed. These folks are necessary, but disposable. They wear out, even in the best of circumstances. Spicer is red-meat for #SNL #theresistance and is serving a purpose. Like a brake pad, he's taking the abuse. Some is on him, but really, it doesn't matter who it is, they will be torn to shreds.

Spicer will likely be moved within a year. The longer he sticks around, the more time to take weight off whomever gets the job after him. The best move Trump could make is go through with his threat to stop daily press briefings. He could do a monthly press conference and tear the media to shreds himself. Heh.

Blogger StatesRights May 14, 2017 3:39 PM  

Outstanding outlook and reminder to us all ZhukovG. Glad to be in a movement with those who will think along these lines.

Blogger RobM May 14, 2017 3:41 PM  

VD... Judges. It really boils down to appointments... and Trump has ever intention of following through on that. 100's of 'em and probably a couple more SCOTUS picks and it's game over for the progs for 50 years.

OpenID thetroll May 14, 2017 3:55 PM  

>> There's a LOT of money & power to be made at the cost of the Globalists.

> Would you mind elaborating on this?

"While on the campaign trail last year, Donald J. Trump lamented the loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States and set his sights on companies like Apple to help rectify the situation. “I’m going to get Apple to start making their computers and their iPhones on our land, not in China,” he said.

"On Wednesday, Apple appeared to meet President Trump halfway.

"While it did not announce a new manufacturing facility with thousands of manufacturing jobs, Apple, the world’s most valuable public company, said it planned to dedicate resources to American job creation with a $1 billion fund to invest in advanced manufacturing in the United States..."

First investment Friday was $200 million in Corning for better smartphone glass.

I'll lay down a marker now, Trump's artfully dealing with the SV moguls along the lines of "you do me a few solids, and I'll get the tax code fixed so you can bring your money home." And we can see above that Cook & Co. are finding that honey pot compelling.

Anonymous Daniel H May 14, 2017 3:56 PM  

@3
>>Send Jared to run some "Micky Mouse Casino"

That's funny.

Trump should call on Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul. Not only will they give him good, sound advice on how to advance an alt-right agenda, their appointments will engender so much hate and heat that can only be good.

Anonymous Ham Solo May 14, 2017 4:07 PM  

White House sources == #fakenews

Blogger RobertT May 14, 2017 4:08 PM  

If this is trending, I'm pleased.

Anonymous Crew May 14, 2017 4:13 PM  

Donald Trump truly is the God Emperor. He even has a following in China:

https://www.opendemocracy.net/digitaliberties/chenchen-zhang/curious-rise-of-white-left-as-chinese-internet-insult

The question has received more than 400 answers from Zhihu users, which include some of the most representative perceptions of the 'white left'. Although the emphasis varies, baizuo is used generally to describe those who “only care about topics such as immigration, minorities, LGBT and the environment” and “have no sense of real problems in the real world”; they are hypocritical humanitarians who advocate for peace and equality only to “satisfy their own feeling of moral superiority”; they are “obsessed with political correctness” to the extent that they “tolerate backwards Islamic values for the sake of multiculturalism”; they believe in the welfare state that “benefits only the idle and the free riders”; they are the “ignorant and arrogant westerners” who “pity the rest of the world and think they are saviours”.

Blogger rcocean May 14, 2017 4:15 PM  

I'm pretty cynical about the MSM and RINO's but even I was shocked at their hatred and refusal to play ball with Trump - even over stuff they agree with!

Trump does them a favor by firing Comey. As he stated, EVERYONE wanted him gone - before he fired him. The hysterical reaction to Comey - doesn't just prove to Trump - it should prove to any reasonable person that the Democrats/MSM/Establishment won't cooperate with Trump - no matter what he does or how much it hurts the country. With them, its open borders/globalization uber alles.

Blogger rcocean May 14, 2017 4:18 PM  

Judging by Memorandum and the Sunday talk shows the Democrats and MSM are still obsessing over Comey. He must have been their key ally in their fight against Trump.

Blogger rcocean May 14, 2017 4:20 PM  

Personally, I would keep Spicer. The MSM made him a target and firing him would make them believe they scored a victory. If trump moves him out of press secretary he needs to give him a job of equal significance.

Blogger tz May 14, 2017 4:43 PM  

@38 I think you don't know until there is a test, from each side. Trump does have a sense of fairness and cooperation, and "I don't care about your private life, just get the job I HAVE ASSIGNED YOU done".
He has honed that over decades in NYC and over the world which had to be hard.
Now we are watching an almost irresitible force v.s. an almost immovable object. It is one of the reasons I was giving Trump 100 days, then more to get things done. I've been critical of those who said Trump cucked - this is something entirely new, and even if you had someone more radical (think if Ron Paul won), well, Rome wasn't burned in a night. Oh wait...

Blogger DonReynolds May 14, 2017 4:56 PM  

I believe it is the most difficult thing in the world for a rational person, especially one accustomed to bargaining and negotiating in their work (like Trump), to finally admit that everyone else is not necessarily rational....nor do his closest advisors have his best interests at heart.....nor are they in agreement with the promises made on the campaign trail. Some of them are clearly puppets for other masters.

Politics is supposedly the art of the impossible, which means it is awash with determined advocates of the improbable. Many of them are silly and taken much too seriously, since they are a walking long-shot with a tiny constituency. The Media is distorted and does not even pretend to weigh and measure groups or ideas, being in love with the sound of their own voice.

I hope Donald Trump does well, but whether he finishes the journey with us or not, we will....even if without him. For us the destination is the same as before. Immigration, crime, and spending. Nothing else matters by comparison.

Anonymous Eric the Red May 14, 2017 6:29 PM  

Negotiation assumes that each side is playing the same game. Possibly Trump had hopes that he could get what he wanted because he is a master negotiator.

However, good negotiation skills don't change anything structurally. Why should it, when both sides must have essentially the same assumptions in order to play the same game and agree to negotiation in the first place. Now Trump has finally realized that most of the slime in DC are negotiating in bad faith, because their goals are utterly alien. The God-Emperor is finally waking up. He now is starting to understand that in order to change the underlying structure, he's going to have to be a hell of a lot more devious and more ruthless to his enemies.

Blogger PDQ May 14, 2017 6:49 PM  

he tried to take the lumps out...no go.

Blogger Nick S May 14, 2017 7:06 PM  

Screw the style points. Fire Koskinen and enjoy the splody head show.

Anonymous Post Alley Cohn Artist May 14, 2017 7:09 PM  

This Presidency is turning out to be one big Cohn Job.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 14, 2017 7:20 PM  

Looking Glass wrote:Once they crash the Stock Market, it'll actually help Trump. The economies are so separated now that the Fed jacking up interest rates would all but ensure Trump's re-election. (Low-interest rates cause their own dislocations to the economy.) It's a deep & complex topic, but pretty much every lever they'd normally attack Trump with works in his favor.

Yep. The houses are all mortgaged at fixed rates; raising interest rates would just help retirees. Sure equities are in a bubble, but everyone hates the people what own 'em, so.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 14, 2017 7:46 PM  

Crew wrote:Donald Trump truly is the God Emperor. He even has a following in China:

https://www.opendemocracy.net/digitaliberties/chenchen-zhang/curious-rise-of-white-left-as-chinese-internet-insult


The idea is brilliant and the article is misguided, and everyone should read it.

Including those horrible baizuo and shengmu. Because eff them. Let them know what we think.

Anonymous Andrew Anglin May 14, 2017 7:55 PM  

men like Trumpenthal...multiple times Grand Marshal of the NY/Miami Beach "I Love Israel Day" parade, hundreds of millions in debt warehoused at the (((Wall St.))) banks, daughter married off to Zionist bankster and converted to Judaism in the standard Submission Ritual (see also: Mrs. Clinton)...are the Swamp. The Swamp cannot drain itself.

and, BTW, Trump is shortly off to Tel Aviv, there to report to his Zionist Masters most directly, and lay the groundwork for the Iran War. That's what the rest of his treacherous Presidency will be about.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents May 14, 2017 9:06 PM  

@80

Fake Andrew.

Anonymous Looking Glass May 14, 2017 9:07 PM  

@78 SciVo de Plorable

The funny thing about everyone assuming GOP members cuck it out in D.C. is that no one has ever run through the calculation of "what happens if Trump lets all of the Deep Blue States fail?". When you start looking at where the expensive housing is, where all of the Wall Street money goes and who could do the best with a higher Interest Rate, the 2016 Electoral College starts looking really interesting.

Trump can't lose any harder in NY, CA or CT. Higher Interest Rates pretty much helps everyone not in a major city. 3% in a passbook at a bank radically changes *everything* in the Main Street vs Wall Street economic calculations. It'll dry up a huge amount of money flowing to VC and other funds, along with reducing real inflation within the economy.

Trump is giving the big players proper carrots. He's eventually going to drop a hammer on them if they don't play long. They're having a fit right now, but we'll see if cooler heads prevail. Or if Trump unleashes the Feds on them. We all know that for a Tech company to work, you need as few Women as possible, especially in Management. However, that's not what the Tech world preaches. That should be fun to watch them respond to the EEOC on.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 14, 2017 10:20 PM  

Bingo.

Blogger Gospace May 14, 2017 10:43 PM  

Seen on my facebook feed just now: "Cernovich is reporting that Preibus and Spicer were given a story as a canary trap. It made it to the press. Canary found, firings will be soon."

Wouldn't be surprised. Businessmen have used variations on Canary Traps for years, and Trump is a businessman at heart, not a politician.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 15, 2017 11:50 AM  

Heck, I used a canary trap in college without even knowing what it was called. (Turned out that one of my three best friends told everything to her childhood friend, who was a piggy malicious gossip.) They aren't hard.

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