Conservatives Slam Obama For Not Cowering To Brussels Terror
Even Though Belgium, Not America, Was Attacked, Conservatives Insist Obama Should Drop Everything and Return to Washington
President Barack Obama is on a historic trip to Cuba, and from there he’ll be traveling to Argentina, but conservatives insist he should be in the Oval Office instead. The President, defending his choice to not head home and cower, Tuesday afternoon told reporters why.
.@POTUS, on going to game despite Brussels: “The whole premise of terrorism is to try to disrupt peopleâ€™s ordinary lives.”
â€” Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) March 22, 2016
“The whole premise of terrorism is to try to disrupt peopleâ€™s ordinary lives,” President Obama, speaking to ESPN, said.Â â€œItâ€™s always a challenge when you have a terrorist attack anywhere in the world. You want to be respectful and understand the gravity.â€
The President continued, sayingÂ that one of the “most powerful memories” of his presidency was â€œwatching Boston respond after the marathon” bombing,” The Guardian reports.
Despite attacks in Brussels, Pres Obama continued his schedule – including baseball game – to show terrorists can’t disrupt our daily lives.
â€” Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 22, 2016
“And when [Boston Red Sox player David] Ortiz went out, and said â€“ probably the only time America didnâ€™t have a problem with some person on live TV â€“ was when he talked about Boston, how strong it is.”
“That is the kind of resilience and the kind of strength that we have to continually show in the face of these terrorists.”
â€œThey cannot defeat America. They donâ€™t produce anything, they donâ€™t have a message that appealsâ€ to Muslims or non-Muslims, he continues.
â€œWhat they can do is scare us, and make people afraid and disrupt our daily lives, and as long as we donâ€™t allow that to happen, weâ€™re going to be OK.â€
But conservatives opted to ignore President Obama’s advice, along with his Republican predecessor’sÂ advice, and attack him for not cowering in fear, for not disrupting his agenda. They insist he should return immediately to Washington, D.C. â€“ or, as Ted Cruz said, he should fly to Brussels to “keep America safe.”
GOP Rep. Peter King of New York insisted Obama “has to come back.”Â
â€œCome back and assert leadership,â€ King said. â€œWe are the leader of the free world in the fight against ISIS. It’s important for ISIS to know that. This is much more important than Cuba. You can’t come back in a panic but he has to come back.â€
Fox News’ Stuart Varney complained that “the optics don’t look good.”
“Here is theÂ president of the United States, in a foreign country, shaking hands with a communist dictator, as people die and Europe is paralyzed by terror,” he said. “As the West comes under attack.”
The continually-moving-further-to-the-right Meghan McCain:
Obama hanging out with communist dictators at a baseball game after this international tragedy makes me understand Trump’s popularity.
â€” Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 22, 2016
The far right wing Ben Shapiro:
Would this excuse have also justified golfing during 9/11, for example? How far does it go for a president? https://t.co/5r1Cv6eWSF
â€” Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 22, 2016
Mitt Romney’s formerÂ national security spokesman, for a few days:
A new low, even for Obama…Europe attacked by ISIS and he’s sitting with Castro in Cuba. pic.twitter.com/jrKkkAIDSJ
â€” Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) March 22, 2016
A Washington Post columnist andÂ American Enterprise Institute fellow: Â
Brussels under attack. Obama on a tourist trio in Havana with his family. Says it all.
â€” Marc Thiessen (@marcthiessen) March 22, 2016
@mikememoli @benshapiro @POTUS Does Obama realize he’s POTUS and not just your ordinary 9-5 American?
â€” CDB (@quietnolonger) March 22, 2016
@mikememoli @benshapiro @POTUS POTUS does not have an ordinary life. His represents all of us in the USA. Poor example for us all.
â€” Donald Lackey (@WastingTimeToo) March 22, 2016
@mikememoli @benshapiro @POTUS his ordinary life isn’t watching baseball on communist soil it is leading and keeping America safe #offduty
â€” eli the actor (@theauthenticEli) March 22, 2016
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Will Santos Choose Jail? Judge Rules Names of Persons Who Provided His Half-Million Dollar Bond Must Be Made Public
A district magistrate judge Tuesday afternoon ruled the names of the three people who put up the $500,000 bond for U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-NY) must be made public. Santos, under indictment on 13 federal charges including money laundering, wire fraud, theft of public funds, and lying to Congress, has said he would rather go to jail than allow the names to be released to the public.
Santos pleaded not guilty and was released on a $500,000 bond on May 10. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Law & Crime News’ Adam Klasfeld reports, “The identities of Rep. George Santos’s bond co-signers must be UNSEALED, a magistrate judge ruled. Santos has a brisk schedule for an appeal.”
Santos has until Friday at noon to appeal, or the documents and bond will be unsealed.
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The embattled New York Republican Congressman’s legal team has argued “the three people who helped provide Santos’ bond ‘are likely to suffer great distress, may lose their jobs, and God forbid, may suffer physical injury,'” CBS News reported Monday evening.
“There is little doubt that the suretors will suffer some unnecessary form of retaliation if their identities and employment are revealed,” the motion also says.
“My client would rather surrender to pretrial detainment than subject these suretors to what will inevitably come,” Santos’ attorney said in the filing.
CBS News adds that the House Ethics Committee is also requesting the names of the three people who helped the Congressman make bail be made public.
‘Isn’t There a Beach in Mexico Waiting for You?’: Cruz Mocked for Claiming Garland Will Indict Trump Over SCOTUS Seat Loss
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is being roundly mocked after claiming Attorney General Merrick Garland will indict Donald Trump because he “hates” the ex-president and because he is angry his early 2016 nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court was blocked.
“They hypocrisy is massive,” Sen. Cruz declared on Fox News Monday night. “And mark my words: I believe Merrick Garland will indict Donald Trump. He wants to indict Donald Trump because he hates Donald Trump. He hates him – he’s angry – Merrick Garland is angry that he wasn’t confirmed to the Supreme Court. he wants to indict him.”
Cruz, who has a law degree from Harvard, is wrong on the basic facts, and he’s being widely mocked for it.
As many are pointing out, first, Attorney General Garland appointed Jack Smith as Special Prosecutor. Smith, who was appointed as Acting U.S. Attorney by Donald Trump in 2017, will make the decision on whether or not to present charges to a grand jury. The grand jury, not Garland and not Smith, will make the decision on whether or not to indict Trump.
Also, whether or not Garland has any anger about not being confirmed by the U.S. Senate, that anger would rightly be pointed to then Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who took the unprecedented step of refusing to even allow a committee hearing to consider his nomination.
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McConnell did that in early 2016, even before Trump was the GOP’s presidential nominee. Trump had nothing to do with blocking Garland’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Cruz: Mark my words, I believe Garland will indict Donald Trump. He wants to indict Trump because he hates Trump. He’s angry that he wasn’t confirmed to the Supreme Court pic.twitter.com/fubdJlOAvt
— Acyn (@Acyn) June 6, 2023
“This is dangerous,” warned foreign policy and intelligence expert John Sipher, who spent nearly three decades in the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service. “He knows what he’s doing and he’s risking violence.”
After Cruz’s Fox News appearance, he posted video of his own remarks and baselessly tweeted, “Merrick Garland is the most partisan Attorney General in American history. He has corrupted the DOJ, the FBI, and the machinery of government. And now, out of nothing but a sense of hatred and political retribution, Garland is trying to indict Trump.”
Later, on Tuesday he added, “Merrick Garland has corrupted the Department of Justice and effectively turned it into an arm of the Democratic National Committee. The FBI and DOJ want to protect and insulate Joe Biden and the Biden family’s corruption.”
None of his allegations have any basis in publicly-known fact.
Cruz came under fire in 2021 after advising Trump’s legal team during the ex-president’s second impeachment, even though he would also be a juror – and supposedly impartial – in Trump’s Senate trial. In December of 2020 Cruz told Trump he would “be happy” to argue a proposed Supreme Court lawsuit designed to keep Trump in power despite having lost the election one month earlier.
Author Cliff Schecter labeled Cruz’s claims on Fox News, “Complete horses*t, which is Ted’s brand.”
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“But, if true, Garland would be doing more re his SCOTUS rejection than @tedcruz did when Trump called his wife ugly,” he added. “Ted doesn’t get why Garland wouldn’t just make hostage video phone calls for Trump’s campaign.”
Historian and author Kevin M. Kruse: “The line that ‘they’re only indicting Trump for the crimes Trump clearly did because they hate Trump’ is pathetic when it comes from Trump himself, but Jesus Christ, it is twelve kinds of sad when it comes from one of his lickspittles.”
Reporter and award-winning columnist David Lazarus noted, “Republicans keep insisting Trump is being investigated and prosecuted because people in power hate him. That’s one theory. Or Trump is being investigated and prosecuted because he kept breaking the law.”
Lincoln Project co-founder Jennifer Horn, a former New Hampshire Republican State Committee chair, blasted Cruz.
“I’m sure it has nothing to do with classified documents or inciting an insurrection,” she said, referring to the two major portions of Smith’s investigation. And referring to Cruz’s infamous exit during a state-wide crisis when he hightailed out to Cancun, she asked: “Isn’t there a beach in Mexico waiting for you?”
Watch video of Cruz above or at this link.
Jim Jordan Demands Merrick Garland Hand Over Documents Authorizing Special Counsel’s Trump Investigation
House Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan has sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding documents related to Special Counsel Jack Smith‘s two-tiered investigation into Donald Trump.
Chairman Jordan’s letter (below) comes just days before Smith’s grand jury is expected to reconvene after a short hiatus, and one day after Trump’s legal team met with DOJ investigators, including Smith.
Jordan is asking Garland to hand over an unreacted, full version of the memo that authorized Smith’s appointment as Special Counsel to investigate Trump, along with all supporting documentation. NBC News first reported on the existence of the letter.
Jordan, a staunch ally of Donald Trump, is claiming his request is part of his committee’s investigation into “the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) unprecedented raid of President Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago on August 8, 2022.”
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The letter in part states, “we write to request an unredacted copy of the memorandum outlining the scope of Mr. Smith’s probes regarding President Trump and any supporting documentation related to his appointment as special counsel. Accordingly, please provide the Committee with an unredacted copy of the memorandum outlining the scope of Special Counsel Smith’s investigations pursuant to his appointment on November 18, 2022, and any other document describing, listing, or delineating the authority and jurisdiction of the special counsel as soon as possible, but no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 20, 2023.”
Legal experts across the board anticipate Smith will ask the grand jury to indict the ex-president on a litany of federal felonies centered on his unlawful removal from the White House, retention, refusal to return, and possible sharing of classified and top secret documents. That indictment appeared even more likely after it as reported Smith has audio of Trump admitting he held on to a Pentagon document he knows is classified, and allegedly said he would like to be able to share it. Some experts say an indictment could come as early as this week.
Read Jordan’s letter below or at this link.
🚨 #BREAKING: @Jim_Jordan requests unredacted copy of the memorandum outlining the scope of Special Counsel Jack Smith’s probes regarding President Trump. pic.twitter.com/LD3zMcWziW
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) June 6, 2023
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