“This is what grifters do“
A conservative pundit and political analyst says Jared Kushner is using his role as White House Senior Advisor to the President to travel around the world pretending to be working on a Middle East peace plan, but actually is working to obtain contracts for post-presidency Trump family businesses.
Calling it a “con job,” MSNBC political analyst Rick Tyler said, “Jared Kushner is not out securing peace in the Middle East or securing peace with Saudi Arabia, he’s out to secure contracts for a post-presidential business, both for him, for Ivanka, for himself, for his family, and for Donald Trump.”
“This is what grifters do,“ said Tyler, who once served as National Spokesperson and Communications Director for Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.
Kushner “is good at one thing: securing business finance contracts,” he noted.
Tyler made the accusation on MSNBC Friday morning while discussing the news President Trump personally ordered then-White House chief-of-staff John Kelly to give Kushner a top secret security clearance despite warnings from Kelly, White House Counsel Don McGahn, and intelligence officials.
MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle noted that Kushner is “good at securing business contracts, but on the other side he can offer U.S. Government leniency – we have to remember that.”
President Trump and First Daughter Ivanka Trump have both lied, saying the President did not intervene to order Kushner be granted the security clearance he should not have been entrusted with.
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‘Privileged White Greed’: Internet Destroys Pence for Staying at Trump’s Ireland Hotel – 180 Miles Away From His Meeting
The White House is scrambling to defend Vice President Mike Pence‘s decision to stay at President Donald Trump‘s hotel in Ireland while meeting with that country’s leaders – 180 miles away. Pence will be using Air Force Two as a shuttle between the Trump International Golf Resort in Doonbeg and Dublin. American taxpayers will be footing the bill every step of the way for the VP, countless Secret Service agents, and presumably White House aides – with a large portion of the likely multi-million dollar trip landing in the president’s pockets.
One Georgetown professor posted a map showing where Pence will be staying and just how far that is from where his meeting will be:
While in Ireland, VP Pence is staying in Trump’s golf resort. Which is in Doonbeg (red pin).
His official duties are in Dublin, which is literally the opposite side of the country.
Apart from enriching the President, what is the purpose of running up taxpayer costs like this? pic.twitter.com/30QyxI5WXb
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) September 3, 2019
Outrage online has been so palpable Pence Chief of Staff Marc Short was forced to address the scandal.
After the president lauded the resort and stayed there earlier this year revenue increased. Short was asked by reporters if Trump directed his Vice President to stay at the Trump-owned property which is has been facing financial difficulties.
“I don’t think it was a request, like a command,” Short told reporters, as NBC News reported. “I think that it was a suggestion.”
“It’s like when we went through the trip, it’s like, well, he’s going to Doonbeg because that’s where the Pence family is from,” Short said before describing the president’s suggestion. “It’s like, ‘Well, you should stay at my place.'”
“It wasn’t like a, ‘You must,'” Short continued, fielding 17 questions about the Doonbeg decision from reporters. “It wasn’t like, ‘You have to.’ It’s a facility that could accommodate the team. Keep in mind, the Secret Service has protected that facility for him, too, so they sort of know the realities, they know the logistics around that facility.”
Pence’s wife, sister, and mother are also joining him, but The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman reports Short says the Vice President is “personally paying all family expenses.”
President Trump has visited Trump properties almost 300 times since being sworn in in January 2017, with taxpayers footing the bill.
In August Trump repeatedly pushed for the annual G7 meeting to be held at his Miami golf resort next year. Hosting such an event would likely pour millions into the president’s pockets.
This CNN Legal Analyst offered his take:
In the mafia there’s a concept known as “kicking up” or “paying tribute” to the Boss – lining the Boss’s pockets to keep him happy. The Boss doesn’t have to explicitly ask; it’s understood.
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) September 3, 2019
Here’s what some others are saying about Pence staying at Trump Doonbeg:
This is “tit for tat”. And it’s exactly what Michael Cohen testifies to during Congressional hearing.
DJT says things in a way that lets you know exactly what he expects.
In modern business world its otherwise known as “Harassment in the workplace”. Bullying!
— Al Wayward (@Wayward888) September 3, 2019
Fleecing the nation for privileged white greed
— MikeB (@MBoyus) September 3, 2019
“Not only is federal money spent at Doonbeg, it gives the business a high-profile advertorial platform to attract customers.” I hope you are adding this to emoluments violations in impeachment articles, @SpeakerPelosi . @TheDemocrats https://t.co/dFMUmG2o9o
— Cheryle Johnson (@CheryleJ0806) September 3, 2019
two questions for a congressional oversight committee
1) How much will the decision to commute by air between Trump property and Pence’s appointments in Dublin cost the taxpayer?
2) How much will the (troubled) Trump property in Ireland be paid by the taxpayer? https://t.co/S1s7CzOHWK
— David Frum (@davidfrum) September 3, 2019
Getting Pence & team to stay at the Trump property on Ireland’s west coast & commute daily to & from the meetings on Ireland’s east coast —all to line Trump’s pocket — isn’t just a waste of tax $. It violates the Article II Domestic Emoluments Clause. @RepJerryNadler @RepRaskin
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) September 3, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence is staying at Donald Trump’s golf resort in Doonbeg during his visit to Ireland, even though it means flying 140 miles to Dublin for his meetings.
Because this administration is about nothing if it’s not about making Trump money.https://t.co/8GsVlvzyK2
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) September 3, 2019
wait, the good news is that Pence entourage will be **paying Trump** to stay at his resort? https://t.co/QEcl2bxjTW
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) September 3, 2019
Doonbeg is almost 300km (nearly 200 miles) away from Dublin for those who don’t realize.
Instead of staying in a hotel in Dublin and not FLYING across the country in a helicopter, Pence will stay in Doonbeg, and get Trump paid for staying there..The Trump grift is real. pic.twitter.com/zSk70cMZID
— Zack (@kodkod87) September 2, 2019
What about the Secret Service and choppers and added travel? Taxpayers will cover those. Oh, and by "personally paying" Short means Pence, like William Barr, is PUTTING MONEY IN THE PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY'S POCKETS. Turns out there is royal tribute and all Republicans must pay. https://t.co/VcKG0wc1gr
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 3, 2019
#TuesdayThoughts #TuesdayMotivation #TuesdayMorning
Trump’s Doonbeg Resort needs $ so Trump is making Pence stay there. Pence’s meetings are a 3 hour drive so, at tax payer expense, he’s flying AF-2 for 20 minutes back and forth, costing millions. https://t.co/VmQy3muzjb
— Diane Toucan (@DianeToucan) September 3, 2019
— HeyitsLola (@LolaSweet) September 3, 2019
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‘There’s Nothing I’m Giving Up’: Sean Spicer Works for Pro-Trump PAC and Will Not Curtail His Duties While on DWTS
Former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer will be a “star” on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars this season – much to the chagrin of many who expressed outrage this week – but what the announcement on “Good Morning America” didn’t mention is Spicer isn’t giving up his day job – not for a minute.
Spicer is the number three person at America First Action, a pro-Trump PAC headed by former Trump White House cabinet member Linda McMahon. He serves as the political action committee’s Senior Advisor and Spokesman. The organization claims America was “held hostage” by an Obama administration that “sold, piece by piece…our hopes, dreams and values.”
Spicer also runs his own political consulting firm called RigWil.
He will continue to perform his function as the face of both companies, and as he told The Hollywood Reporter he’s not giving up anything.
“There’s nothing I’m stopping or giving up,” Spicer said, noting that ABC is “well aware of my job and what my companies do.”
THR notes Spicer “says he’s not restricted from political activity during his time on Dancing With the Stars.”
Spicer says, “I hope it will be a politics-free zone.”
The new season starts in mid-September, which puts Spicer in the unique position of being able to fundraise and advocate in support of re-electing Trump while his mere presence on TV – he is remembered as the face of the Trump administration – will effectively be a free “plug” for the Trump campaign.
In related and similar news, Fox News today hired former Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as a political contributor.
Top Trump Evangelical Advisor: Make Kids Scared of Jesus, Reject Abortion and Evolution to End Mass Shootings
During an appearance on Fox News this Thursday alongside Ethan Bearman of Left Coast News, megachurch pastor and Trump evangelical advisor Robert Jeffress pushed back against skepticism over the “thoughts and prayers” response to mass shootings commonly echoed by religious conservatives, saying that the solution lies in teaching children that God will hold them accountable for their actions.
In the segment which he shared on the YouTube channel for his church, Jeffress argued against the claim that evangelicals aren’t willing to find real-world solutions to gun violence, but added that “if we depend upon legislation alone to solve the gun problem, we’re going to be sadly disappointed.”
Speaking to Fox News host Shannon Bream, Jeffress, who is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, said “there is a spiritual component” to gun violence that should be addressed “not in place of legislation, but certainly alongside any proposed legislation.”
Bream then mentioned a recent op-ed by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who argued that mass shootings are “never going to end” unless America has a “reawakening of morality and values.”
Bearman responded that if that were the case, Western Europe, which is much more secular than the U.S., “would be suffering from far worse mass shootings that we are suffering.”
“It’s important that we remember that these weapons will kill dozens more people in the time that it took Cain to beat Abel to death with a stone,” Bearman said. “We need to remove those weapons from people’s hands so we’re not killing so rapidly.”
Jeffress fired back, saying he’s “not arguing that we shouldn’t do anything.”
“I think we all understand that the Second Amendment has limits to it, just like the First Amendment with free speech does,” he continued. “We don’t believe everybody has a right to have a nuclear weapon. We don’t believe that four-year-olds ought to have guns. I’m not arguing against legislation, but I’m saying that one thing we can do is to quit this devaluation of human life in our society that is seen by the glorification of violence in our culture, by the mass slaughter of a whole class of citizens — the unborn, by teaching our children that they’re nothing but an evolutionary accident instead of teaching our children that they are created by God, they are of value to God, and they are accountable to God for their actions.”
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